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Jeff Svoboda

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419 or 614 (via Lorain, Ohio)

Member since 03 March 2017

When I was getting my journalism degree at Ohio State, I said to myself, "I want to be a hockey writer." And here we are. Former editor of Buckeye Sports Bulletin and a longtime hockey nut thanks to the Cleveland Lumberjacks. I occasionally put on skates and goalie pads. Will watch any level as long as there's sticks and pucks.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: A three-way tie: Gamble's pick-six vs. Penn State, Foligno's OT goal vs. Pittsburgh, and Rajai's homer in Game 7.
  • HOCKEY PLAYER: Matt Calvert. Or Ron Francis.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 7 hours ago

They're definitely gonna try, but re-signing Wennberg and Anderson and trying to acquire another forward seems like it might make this tough. Jack is off the books after next year, though, so there's a chunk of change to start with. I'm sure they'd love to get this done but it'll be interesting to see if they can.

Comment 21 Jun 2017

Haha, great story! It's fun to see how people got into the team. I was always a hockey fan growing up but didn't really get into them when I was at Ohio State from 2002-06. The first almost playoff run in 2007-08, when I felt like I was finally a full-time CBus resident, is when I started paying more attention, then came the Foote trade, I believe. And now here we are.

Comment 20 Jun 2017

I think being the longest tenured guy is in and of itself the kind of thing that lends you to leaving. Guys don't stay in one place forever. But I know what you mean.

I also feel like I might have shortchanged Matt's talents a bit in writing this. Dude can play. He averages just short of 15 goals and 15 assists per 82 games in his NHL career. There's a lot of "grit" guys who would love to get to that point. It's just you can see how hard Calvert plays and how that translates right to chances and goals and little plays. That's what makes him so fun to watch.

Comment 20 Jun 2017

You make a good point, though a deal with Clarkson's contract probably makes everyone most happy. Jackets protect their best players including the top four D, the pick they lose is in a super weak draft, and they get that deal off their books to help re-sign Wenny and Anderson. Vegas gets an NHL player and cap floor help. 

Comment 19 Jun 2017

At this point, it looks like it'll be a huge surprise if the Jackets keep that pick. Which means the top pick is in the third round. Which is decidedly not exciting when it comes to the draft. But the fact there could be some moves at the NHL level this offseason and soon will be very interesting to watch. 

Comment 16 Jun 2017

You could also make a pretty good argument that once he left, the fourth line was a major, major issue for two years after he left. This past year, the Jackets had four lines who could score. That wasn't the case when D-Mac and Letestu left and the fourth line was Jared Boll, Greg Campbell and Rene Bourque.

Comment 14 Jun 2017

A few people on Twitter have said they don't want him gone but feel he's tradeable at this point, and that I agree with.

But I will say it's too early to give up on him coming off a year in which he led the AHL team in points at 20 years old. It speaks, though, to just how young (and fast) this league has gotten that a 20-year-old leading the minor league team in points is considered slow development. When I was 20, I was ... well, I'm not gonna finish that sentence, but I think Sonny's best hockey is still ahead of him if he keeps developing.

Comment 12 Jun 2017

Great analysis. I do think you take best player available once you're down at that point. There's just not as much talent there to where you can project what you need. I'd be curious to know the hit rate once you get out of the top 20 but I don't think it's great. Which also might be one reason why they might be entertaining a deal with Vegas with that pick. 

Comment 12 Jun 2017

Here's my look at mock drafts. Looked at 11 drafts with nine different potential first-round picks. IF the CBJ keep the pick.

https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-analysis/2017/06/526/mock-drafts-have-plenty-of-options-available-to-blue-jackets-in-nhl-selection-show