A Way Too-Early Look at the Blue Jackets Potential Opening Night Lineup

By Chris Pennington on July 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm
Sergei Bobrovsky

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In arguably the most dramatic Blue Jackets offseason to date, there's plenty of uncertainty heading to October.

What we do know is that if the organization is looking to start putting up the giant arena-sized player art on the front of Nationwide Arena, they can always count on Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson and Seth Jones to fill those spots. 

And maybe Rick Nash, just to throw people off.

But if all stays quiet...which it seems like many aren't expecting, here's a potential opening night lineup for the Blue Jackets (as well as each players' 2017-2018 stat line), for when they travel to Detroit on Oct. 4 to take on the Red Wings.


FORWARDS
 
First line:

LW: Artemi Panarin (81 games played, 27 goals, 55 assists, 82 points)

C: Pierre Luc Dubois (82 GP, 20 G, 28 A, 48 P)

RW: Cam Atkinson (65 GP, 24 G, 22 A, 46 P)

 
Second line:

LW: Boone Jenner (75 GP, 13 G, 19 A, 32 P)

C: Alexander Wennberg (66 GP, 8 G, 27 A, 35 P)

RW: Josh Anderson (63 GP, 19 G, 11 A, 30 P)

 
Third line:

LW: Nick Foligno (72 GP, 15 G, 18 A, 33 P)

C: Riley Nash (76 GP, 15 G, 26 A, 41 P)

RW: Oliver Bjorkstrand (82 GP, 11 G, 29 A, 40 P)

 
Fourth Line:

LW: Anthony Duclair (56 GP, 11 G, 12 A, 23 P)

C: Brandon Dubinsky (62 GP, 6 G, 10 A, 16 P)

RW: Sonny Milano (55 GP, 14 G, 8 A, 22 P)

DEFENSE
 
First pair:

LD: Zach Werenski (77 GP, 16 G, 21 A, 37 P)

RD: Seth Jones (78 GP, 16 G, 41 A, 57 P)

 
Second pair:

LD: Ryan Murray (44 GP, 1 G, 11 A, 12 P)

RD: David Savard (81 GP, 4 G, 12 A, 16 P)

 
Third pair:

LD: Gabriel Carlsson (14 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P)

RD: Markus Nutivaara (61 GP, 7 G, 16 A, 23 P)

GOALTENDING
 
Starter:

Sergei Bobrovsky (65 GP, 37-22 record, .921 save %, 2.42 goals against average, five shutouts.

Backup:

Joonas Korpisalo (17 GP, 8-8 record, .897 save %, 3.32 goals against average, zero shutouts.

Based on the roster the Blue Jackets have right now - what would be your starting lineup for opening night?

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