Kirill Marchenko Is Chasing Down Columbus Blue Jackets History As He's Now Only One Goal From Tying The Rookie Franchise Mark

By Will Chase on March 28, 2023 at 1:45 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Kirill Marchenko celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the Bell Centre.
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Kirill Marchenko has been on a torrid goal-scoring pace for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

And he's just one goal away from tying a franchise record.

With 19 goals in 49 games, Marchenko needs just one more goal to tie Pierre-Luc Dubois for the Blue Jackets franchise rookie mark for goals in an individual season. Dubois had 20 goals in his 2017-18 rookie campaign and it took him 80 games to do it.

"I don't think about goals," Marchenko said after Saturday's loss to the Montreal Canadiens. "If I think about good game and what position I'll play, I can score.

"But if I start to think about goals, I don't score."

Marchenko is tied with Ottawa Senators' Shane Pinto for third among all rookies with 19 goals, trailing Seattle Kraken's Matty Beniers (20) and Dallas Stars' Wyatt Johnston (21).

"If I start thinking, I don't score goals," Marchenko said. "It's easy. It's simple. I need to think about game."

Kirill Marchenko Splits Games Played Goals Assists Points
Home 20 7 0 7
Road 29 12 3 15
Wins 15 9 1 10
Losses 29 9 2 11
Overtime Losses 5 1 0 1        

With an overall ledger of 22 points (19 goals, three assists) on the season, Marchenko is the only Blue Jacket to ever have at least 15 goals in a season with less than 10 assists. As Jeff Svoboda points out on, Brandon Pirri had a 22-2-24 mark in 2014-15 with the Florida Panthers as the only modern player to have at least 15 goals and fewer than three assists in a season.

Six off the Blue Jackets' goal lead, Marchenko has also been quite effective on the power play, registering six goals with the man advantage, good for third behind Jenner (seven) and Laine (eight). At 5v5 play, Marchenko is tied for second on the Blue Jackets with Laine in goals (13) and trails only Jenner (14).

HockeyViz, Kirill Marchenko
Kirill Marchenko, HockeyViz
Evolving-Hockey, Kirill Marchenko
Kirill Marchenko, Evolving-Hockey

Marchenko has been one of the few successes this season and will not only most likely set the franchise mark for goals by a rookie, but he could be a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy for the league's top rookie, and he still has time to make a case for the overall goals mark on the club this season. Though he'll need to score a bunch in a short period.

If anyone could, it's him, right?

Of course for Marchenko, he doesn't care about any of that. He just wants to help the team win games. Something that the team hopes for a lot of in the next season and beyond as Marchenko looks to evolve his all-around game.

After making his first career trip to the Bell Centre on Saturday, the next historic venue for Marchenko to test his mettle will come Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden as the Blue Jackets battle the New York Rangers.