Youth Movement: The Blue Jackets Are Projected To Be One Of The NHL's Youngest Teams This Season

By Jacob Nitzberg on January 2, 2021 at 9:17 am
Aug 13, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets center Liam Foudy (19) skates with the puck away from Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena.
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It seems like this headline rings true every year.

The Blue Jackets are set to be one of the youngest teams in the NHL this season, which is largely due to GM Jarmo Kekaläinen's preference to rebuild and reload from within.

Liam Foudy (20), Alexandre Texier (21), Emil Bemstrom (21), Pierre-Luc Dubois (22), and Zach Werenski (23) will all play important roles for the club this season. With six players at or above the age of 30, the Blue Jackets will still have veteran leadership. David Savard (30), Cam Atkinson (31), Gustav Nyquist (31), Riley Nash (31), Nick Foligno (33), and Mikko Koivu (37) will provide valuable experience.

This season is different, though. 

The Blue Jackets' young guns aren't coming in untested. Foudy scored in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. Texier will likely slot in on the first line after a sophomore campaign where he struggled with injury, but still put up 13 points in 36 games. Bemstrom, the sniper, has returned to Columbus after a scintillating 16 games in the Finnish league, where he registered 17 points in 16 games. And we all know what Dubois and Werenski are capable of. 

This season should be fun, folks. We're just 12 days away from Blue Jackets hockey.