Dmitri Voronkov Is One Of The Few Doing It All Right Now For Blue Jackets

By Will Chase on November 14, 2023 at 1:45 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Dmitri Voronkov skates with the puck against Detroit Red Wings' Ben Chiarot in the first period at Little Caesars Arena.
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Dmitri Voronkov continues to make franchise history.

As the Columbus Blue Jackets continue to rack up losses in a recent stretch that includes one win in the last 10 games, Vornokov continues to pile up points.

In Saturday's 5-4 loss against the Detroit Red Wings, Voronkov had a secondary assist, — Kirill Marchenko had the primary helper — when hooking up with fellow rookie Adam Fantilli for the first-period goal to make it 2-2. Voronkov once again connected with Fantilli on Sunday in the 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, when the goal tied the game at 2-2 in the second period.

Voronkov's weekend assists give him five for the season to go with seven points (also two goals), and he's making a bit of franchise history as the games go on.

Voronkov is on a three-game point streak (three assists) and is one of the few players who has everything going well right now as the Blue Jackets fight through a 1-5-4 stretch.

"There's nothing not to like," Davidson said on 97.1 FM's Rothman & Ice last week (full interview here). "The only thing he does not have is real NHL experience but he's more of an NHL player coming from another country than most players are. He's big. He's got a real good sense. He can make in-tight plays down low, whether it's behind the goal line or around the goal, he has no fear going to the net. He sticks up for teammates as we saw in Washington. There's nothing to not like."

Voronkov's start to his NHL career is a small sample size but it brought to mind some other fun and statistical oddities in each of the last few seasons for the Blue Jackets.

In 2021-22, Jake Voracek had 62 points (nine goals, 56 assists) leading the team in assists, and finished with the second most assists in a single season for the Blue Jackets. His point-totals put him in rarified air with Wayne Gretzky, as "the Great One" was the last forward to post a 60-point season with fewer than 10 goals.

Voracek is one of 17 players, and only three forwards, to post such as season according to StatHead.

Last season, Kirill Marchenko had 25 points (21 goals, four assists) in 59 games. He broke the rookie goal-scoring record for Columbus, held by Pierre-Luc Dubois, who scored 20 goals in 2017-18.

The statistical oddity of course was Marcenko's four assists. Marchenko is one of 12 players to score at least 20 goals and have four assists or fewer.