The Columbus Blue Jackets got a rare win Thursday night, knocking off the division rival Detroit Red Wings thanks to a late goal by Vinny Prospal. Center Artem Anisimov left the game on a stretcher following a nasty collision behind the net, and the team rallied to win the game for their fallen teammate. In his first game since returning from an ankle injury and just his fourth game this season, young winger Cam Atkinson had an assist on R.J. Umberger’s second period power play goal, as the youngster continues to show he will be an important piece of the Blue Jackets’ future.
Atkinson now has two points in four games this season, which is normal production for his NHL career so far – in 30 games prior to Thursday he had eight goals and 15 points. Columbus nabbed Atkinson with a sixth round pick in the 2008 draft, and he went on to star at Boston College for three seasons before turning pro. The 2011-12 season was his first in the AHL, and his 29 goal, 44 point performance in 51 games for the Springfield Falcons earned him a lot of time in Columbus. During the lockout he had 17 goals and 38 points in 33 games for the Falcons. Atkinson is a solid addition in Columbus, and brings a right-handed shot to the power play, where he has proven to be a consistent scoring threat. As the Blue Jackets continue to rebuild, look for Atkinson to be an impact player alongside fellow Springfield alums Ryan Johansen, John Moore and Cody Goloubef.