26 days to go til camp and Jacket news is flowing about as fast as Hitch on skates.
Here are a few nuggets to share out there.
The Hockey News has both Dallas and Anaheim ranked 7th and 6th in their pre-season playoff predictions.
CNNSI.com tried their hand at the off season power rankings. The Jackets check in at 15 on Muir's list:
The return of Derrick Brassard and the addition of Sami Pahlsson provide depth down the middle like the Jackets have never had. Brassard has battled injuries in each of his first three seasons, so durability is a question. No one doubts his skill, though. Big and slick, he could break through as the legitimate first line center they need to maximize the impact of superstar Rick Nash (who signed an eight-year extension last month).
A fair assessment.
Puck Daddy over at yahoo.com has leaked the Canadian Olympic jersey:
Not bad. They will look even better with Nash and Mason on the backs.
The Hockey News also has some quick hitters on all 30 NHL teams. Their quick hit on the Jackets:
After Steve Mason’s big breakout and the Jackets finally making the playoffs, the challenge is to do it all over again.
The Jackets recently announced their TV schedule. Fox Sports will once again televise 75 of 82 games.
According to Puck-rakers these are the games that won't air:
Home: Oct. 13 vs. Calgary Flames; Dec. 28 vs. Detroit Red Wings; March 15 vs. Edmonton Oilers
Away: Dec. 1 vs. Chicago Blackhawks; Dec. 15 vs. Minnesota Wild; Jan. 5 vs. Vancouver Canucks; April 5 vs. St. Louis Blues.
As it's been done the past couple of seasons, hopefully the Center Ice blackout feeds are lifted -- at least for the away games. I also don't see a preseason game listed which stinks.
Like I said... it's slow out there.