Summer Skate: Columbus Blue Jackets

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Columbus. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Columbus Blue Jackets

Tired of missing the postseason -- as they have for all but one of their 10 seasons -- the Blue Jackets signed the puck-moving defenseman and Rick Nash-linemate they've always needed in James Wisniewski as well as getting Jeff Carter.

If the new acquisitions click and Steve Mason returns to rookie form, the Blue Jackets could be a surprise playoff team.