Team Scouting Report: The Blue Jackets have been lacking in the new year. The Blue Jackets have played 5 games in the new year and have lost every one of them.
Player News: Defenseman Mike Commodore has played his last game with the Blue Jackets organization, Mike was the first big-name free agent signing by GM Scott Howson. Mike was sent down to the Springfield monday after a request to Scott Howson to be traded. He played 32 games thus season with only 6 points (2G, 4A) and a +/- of minus 8. Scott Howson wasn't to hesitant to sent down him down because a minor leaguer could do beter and it would be cheaper in money.
Player Scouting Report: Grant Clitsome: Clitsome was the call up defenceman for Mike Commodore. Clitsome has played 32 games and has recored 15 points ( 5G, 10A) with a +/- of minus 6 with the Springfield Falcons in the AHL. Clitsome is a defensive defenseman, He has an average shot and isn't afraid to get down on the ice to get in front of the puck. He is a pretty good skater, he has the speed and agility to get the job done with the faster offenseman. Grant Clitsome is just and avererage 2nd line minor leaguer. He's good enough to be a scratched NHL player. He's not a real flashy defender, a below average defender in my mind for the position he's taking. I think he'll do a lil beter then what Mike Commodore was doing but he does have some room to develope; I think he would be beter off developing on the minors but he is filling in an open roster spot, and he is a really good player to fill an NHL roster spot with. I would expect a +/- of minus one against the Red Wings.
Keys To The Game: 1) Get good match ups-The ZBlue Jackets have got some good offenseman with defensive skills. Good match ups would eliminate their defensive skills wile they have the puck.
2) Get infront of the puck- Get some blocked shots down.
3) Attack the net- the Blue Jackets have got some good goaltenders but they do not have that great of a defense. If you attack the net that will open up scoring chances and get some good rebounding chances.