Columbus Blue Jackets Secure With Sergei Bobrovsky In Goal

By Andy Schmidt
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets are a team in transition but it appears that they have one position set for a long time to come with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky came over from the Philadelphia Flyers and if his work during the NHL lockout while playing in Russia showed anything, Bobrovsky is a keeper. Bobrovsky had a goals against average of under two a game while in Russia. He has been very solid for Columbus, giving up just over two goals a game which is usually enough to get a bunch of wins.

With that said, the Blue Jackets are struggling slightly on offense and are stumbling out of the gate after trading Rick Nash in the offseason. Bobrovsky is just 24-years-old and should be a member of the Blue Jackets for the next dozen years if he can keep preforming the way he has been. Columbus is going to get better and when you have a goaltender who allows slightly over two goals a game, your winning percentage should begin to skyrocket.

It may be a few years for Columbus but they should feel very safe with Bobrovsky between the pipes. The shortened season may even help Bobrovsky, who was already in mid-season form by the time the lockout ended. If he can keep Columbus in games, it is possible that they can sneak into the playoffs. In a league where young and good goaltenders can be hard to find, Columbus has got one of the best in Bobrovsky.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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