This offseason for the Columbus Blue Jackets will define the team in the short and long term. The team will have plenty of openings at forward and it could shortly be filled by a rookie class that has both experience and speed.
Jonathan Davidsson may be eyeing the NHL sooner than many think. With his combination of skill, it would be a perfect fit for the team.
"I set my goals high, I'm aiming to take a spot on the team," said Davidsson to Bob McElligott in a one-on-one (video above).
After signing his three-year entry level contract, the sky is the limit. When describing his game to McElligott, he acknowledges that one part of his game sticks out above the rest.
"My speed," said Davidsson when asked about his best attribute. "I got some good hockey sense and good hands as well, but I think my speed is the main key."
For a Blue Jackets team that is hungry to make it back to the playoffs, he also acknowledges that hard work is needed to maintain and grow.
"I work really hard at the gym during the off-ice (time)," Davidsson said. "With speed coaches on the ice ever since I started with ice hockey, but I think it came pretty naturally for me."
Being a natural comes easy for some, but as many have seen throughout the years, hard work trumps almost anything else. Davidsson will luckily bring both to the team as he comes over for both development camp and then training camp later this summer.