This past summer gave Columbus Blue Jackets fans a lot of hope. The team acquired some amazing talent through trade and free agency, and Ryan Murray was drafted second overall in June. It’s Murray’s talent that has so many people buzzing.
But there’s another prospect who shows just as much promise. Boone Jenner was drafted by the Blue Jackets last year and played in some preseason games, even scoring a goal in his short time with the team. He was sent back to the Ontario Hockey League, and that’s where he is now, as captain for the Oshawa Generals.
The question on everyone’s mind is whether Murray will make the team out of training camp, with few doubting that it would happen. But they should also be asking the same of Jenner.
Like Murray, Jenner was sent back to the juniors just prior to the NHL lockout on September 15. Since then, he’s been tearing up the OHL, becoming one of the league’s top players. Last season, he was a point-a-game player; this season, he’s scored 18 points in 12 games so far.
The two sides of his game – his playing ability and work ethic – have blended exceptionally well. Jenner is a guy that wants to be on the ice at all times, and he constantly strives to better his game. His skills are so multi-dimensional that even if he doesn’t have what it takes to be a high scorer, he could very well be a second-line center within two years of breaking into the NHL. He’s a major reason why the Generals are one of the best teams in the OHL right now.
Boone Jenner possesses immense talent and is on the verge of breaking into the big time. If Murray can make the cut and survive the nine-game trial, then he can as well.