Keys to the offseason: Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have a number of challenging decisions to make this offseason, including how to maneuver around the expansion draft. Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

They had a historic winning streak, one of the best regular seasons in the entire league, and the postseason was over before the Columbus Blue Jackets could ever dig in. The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets in five games, but the foundation has been laid in Columbus. Seth Jones and Zach Werenski are the backbone of a great defense, and some of the top prospects drafted by GM Jarmo Kekalainen have yet to play in the NHL.

This young team has a great future. Here are the priorities for their offseason: