Now that the lockout is over, there will be no more poring over foreign websites for stats and teams and running their articles through Google Translate, unless you grew attached to certain teams or generally like that sort of thing. The Columbus Blue Jackets are sounding out the assembly siren to its roster, and the four men who’ve been playing in the KHL are heeding the call. As we say do svidaniya (goodbye) to Russia, let’s take one more look at their play.
We’ll start with the guy with the furthest to travel, Nikita Nikitin, who’s leaving Avangard Omsk. In the final tally for his time on the team, he had 2 goals and 13 points in 32 games. Avangard is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, tied in points with Ak Bars.
Next is Artem Anisimov, who bids goodbye to Yaroslavl and Lokomotiv. He leaves the storied team as their top scorer with 12 goals and 30 points in 36 games. The team is currently second in the Western Conference, and there’s no doubt that he was a big reason for their phoenix-like resurgence.
Fyodor Tyutin is coming from Atlant in Moscow, and he didn’t have the best time of it, to be honest. In only 17 games, he had one goal and two points, gaining an assist on December 23rd. As for Atlant, they’re 11th in the Western Conference.
Finally, we greet Sergei Bobrovsky, who showcased his skills with SKA in St. Petersburg. Columbus’ newest goalie certainly showed that he’s ready for the task, ending his Russian run with an 18-3 record in 24 games including five shutouts, a 1.94 goals-against average, 93.2 save percentage and three assists (the latest coming on December 30th against Lev Praha). The team reaped the benefits of his talent, because they’re sitting atop the Western Conference, 13 points ahead of Lokomotiv.
Welcome back, gentlemen. Nationwide Arena and Blue Jackets fans are ready to embrace you once again.