Catching Up with Columbus Blue Jackets Players in Europe

By Krista Golden
Photo from Yaroslavl Lokomotiv’s Twitterfeed.

The European leagues are taking a week and a half off to rest, and this is the perfect time to catch up with the Columbus Blue Jackets players on the Continent, especially the trio of Russians that have taken their talents to the KHL.

First, let’s check in with Nikita Nikitin and his team, Avangard Omsk. In 15 games with Avangard, he only has a goal and three assists, but that hasn’t hampered Avangard from its second place seat in the Eastern Conference.

Next, we have Artem Anisimov, who plays for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. The biggest news is that he finally got his first goal of the season on October 31 against AK Bars and added another one against Salavat Yulaev on November 2 for a total of 10 points in 18 games. As for Lokomotiv, they’re in second place in the Western Conference.

Finally, there’s Sergei Bobrovsky, who’s the goaltender for SKA. He’s played only 9 games but is carrying a 7-1-1 record, a 91.3 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA. Unfortunately, he hasn’t added to those two assists he already has. SKA is right behind Lokomotiv in the Western Conference standings.

We can add Vinny Prospal to the European roster, as he joined the Czech Extraliga’s HC Mountfield on October 29. He has good company on the team with Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference. Blue Jackets teammate Radek Martinek had been on the team but left in September for personal reasons and returned to the United States.

While it’s great to see these guys playing well in their native countries, I think fans can agree that they’d rather see them playing under the Blue Jackets banner sooner rather than later.

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