The Columbus Blue Jackets looked like a team that was dead in the water when the 2013 NHL season began in January. Columbus needed someone to keep their playoff hopes alive late in the year and they found that person in goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. While the Blue Jackets fell just short of actually making the playoffs, Bobrovsky came out of this year looking like the next great goaltender in the NHL.
He would finish the shortened season with a 21-11-6 record and a 2.00 goals against average. The Blue Jackets finished the season on a major run with wins in eight of their last nine games, while Bobrovsky stopped nearly every shot thrown his way. There should be awards given to Bobrovsky for the season he had. I’m sure there will be voters who dismiss him because Columbus didn’t make the playoffs, but that would be the wrong thing to do. The way the offenses were going early in this season, it is mind-boggling that any goalie would finish up giving up just two goals a game on average.
Columbus is in great shape going forward if Bobrovsky can continue playing the way he has and will go into next season with a lot of confidence on their side. It appears that the Blue Jackets have a good amount of offense and I think they could make a run at the playoffs even with their move to the Eastern Conference next season. That fact will make the climb even higher for the Blue Jackets, but it will be worth it in the end to make the playoffs with Bobrovsky in net.