directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 5 Power Rankings: Jackets rocket up rankings!

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Week 5 Power Rankings: Jackets rocket up rankings!
Rank: 15 (+11)
With three wins in his first three starts, G Steve Mason could force the Blue Jackets into a decision once the rest of the goaltending brigade is healthy.
Rank: 15 (+10)
A huge club after an impressive week; rookie goaltender Steve Mason has helped boost confidence.
Rank: 16
The Blue Jackets haven't lost in regulation in six contests.
Rank: 18 (+9)
The surging Blue Jackets collected seven of a possible eight points in Week 5. Rookie goalie Steve Mason was the main reason the club fared so well, winning three straight starts for Columbus, including an impressive 4-3 shootout victory over one of the top teams in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens.
Rank: 14 (+11)
Rookie Mason has been great in goal.
Rank: 14 (+13)
The move to acquire R.J. Umberger is finally starting to pay off. He had five goals in four games.
Rank: 20 (+7)
The Jackets have won three straight on the shoulders of two rookies. Goalie Steve Mason was in net for all three while Derick Brassard, who earned Rookie of the Month honors for October, notched points in five of the Jackets' last six games. As long as coach Ken Hitchcock keeps these two on the ice as much as possible, and they remain solidly productive, Columbus could turn into a serious darkhorse down the stretch.
Rank: 23 (+5)
OK, let’s take Rick Nash, who has 159 goals in 378 career games. If he maintains the same pace, he’ll have scored 500 goals by age 35. Snicker now, but imagine if he chugs along at a slightly better pace as the Jackets improve and consider, too, he could play until age 40. Suffice to say, he’s on the radar, even if it’s early in his career.
Rank: 20 (+7)
20-year-old Steve Mason makes his case for crease time by winning the first three starts of his NHL career.
Rank: 21 (+5)
Derick Brassard was the rookie of the month for the Jackets, who are starting to come alive offensively with 23 goals in the last six games and three wins in a row.

Meta-score: 17.6 (Last week 26.3)

After 6 straight games of registering at least a point the Jackets get a well deserved and much earned climb in the rankings.

Both Sportsnet & CBC clocks in at the highest ranking putting the Jackets at 14 in their lists. Sprotsnet gave us the biggest jump from the previous week moving the Jackets up 13 spots from their previous rankings.

Yahoo ranked us the lowest overall at #23. Both Yahoo and CBSSports tied for the lowest jump only moving the Jackets up 5 spots.

What interesting, to me anyways, is that its the Canadian sites plus the Dispatch that all gave the Jackets the most love.

I've always said, those north of the boarder know their hockey :P


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