Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Note: Because of the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.
Summer Skate: Columbus Blue Jackets
The excitement that was the final two months of the Blue Jackets' season was something to behold, as the beleaguered franchise nearly completed a wild and unexpected surge to the playoffs. Alas, the Blue Jackets could not get the help they needed on the last day of the season to qualify, despite doing their part by beating Nashville in dramatic fashion.
All eyes are on what this upstart squad can do over a full season, but for the time being, it appears as if the rebuilding phase -- created by the Rick Nash trade last offseason -- is already over before it really began.
Trending up: F Ryan Johansen
Last season: -4.1 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 2.3