Did the Jackets find a gem in Jordan Dumais in the third round?
If his performance at the junior hockey level is any indication, they sure did. Yes, I know it's not wise to say that just because a player does well in juniors that means he's going to be a great NHL player because there's too much evidence to the contrary. However, it's been a brutal start for the Blue Jackets so I thought I'd highlight a member of the organization that has been performing at an elite level, Jordan Dumais.
Dumais leads the CHL, comprised of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, of which Dumais plays in, with 16 goals and 38 points in his first 16 games. Yes, that's not a typo. He's averaging a goal per game. He's also scored more goals and points than the projected 2023 NHL Draft's No. 1 overall pick, Connor Bedard.
On Tuesday, he scored a goal and five assists for his sixth three-plus-point performance of the season. He's registered multiple points in 11 of his team's 16 games and is on pace to score 68-93--161 this season. That's more than the 63-90--153 Nathan MacKinnon posted in 102 regular-season games over two seasons playing for Halifax. Yes, MacKinnon's two years were his age-17 and age-18 seasons, but Dumais also scored 39-70--109 last year in his age-18 season, so his performance this year cannot only be contributed to being a year older than many of his opponents.
Yes, the present at the big club might not look too bright for the Jackets, but Dumais is one of several prospects that fans should use as reasons to be hopeful for the future.