Score Goals? Win Face-Offs? Captain?: Boone Jenner Does It All For Blue Jackets

By Will Chase on November 7, 2023 at 1:45 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner looks on against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Amerant Bank Arena.
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This can be an appreciation post for Boone Jenner.

Jenner has been a solid hockey player for the Columbus Blue Jackets for some time now.

And it feels like he's elevated his game over the past few seasons. Maybe it's because he's the captain, and he's got more of a focal point on himself. Even if it's all about the team.

Between 2021-22 and 2022-23, Jenner did improve his xGF/60 and xGA/60 according to Natural Stat Trick. His GF/60 in '21-22 was as high as it's ever been. Although same for his GA/60 in each of the last two seasons, which speaks to the struggles of the overall team defense as well.

But there's no denying what Jenner has meant for the Blue Jackets over his 11-year career. And he's still only 30 years old.

Whether he's playing on the wing, at center, on the top line, or wherever, No. 38 has been consistent in bringing his all every game.

Jenner scores goals. He puts up points. He wins face-offs. Jenner is the leading goal-scorer for the Blue Jackets with six tallies this season and is second in points with eight.

In Monday's loss 5-4 overtime to the Florida Panthers, Jenner's first-period goal at 18:51 closed the gap to within one, making it a 3-2 game after Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 6:09 mark.