NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The 2014-15 season can't start soon enough for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fueled by a rare Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in which they pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games in the Eastern Conference First Round while captivating Ohio's capital city, the Blue Jackets are eager to show last season was not a fluke.
"The playoffs in the past have been the exception," center Mark Letestu said. "We're trying to make that the rule here. The playoffs are the starting point. The expectations are to compete for a Stanley Cup now. Maybe that's what's changed. Maybe in the past it's been a little more unrealistic than it is now.
"We have a lot of good players, some great players. Everybody fits well. It's a good group. There's a real opportunity to make something special happen here."