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Blue Jackets players showing well at World Championships

Keeping tabs on the CBJ players taking part in the international tournament

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Nine members of the Blue Jackets organization -- eight players who spent the 2021-22 season with Columbus as well as Rick Nash -- are taking part in the IIHF World Championships, which run from May 13-29 in Finland. 

We'll keep track of highlights, schedule info and more for those players to keep up on how your favorite CBJ players are doing throughout the yearly international tournament.  

Of the Blue Jackets taking part, four -- defensemen Nick Blankenburg and Andrew Peeke for Team USA as well as forwards Kent Johnson and Cole Sillinger for Canada -- are representing North American squads. The other four -- goaltender Elvis Merzlikins of Latvia, forward Alexandre Texier of France, forward Emil Bemstrom of Sweden and defenseman Dean Kukan of Switzerland -- are on European national teams. Nash, meanwhile, is the assistant general manager of the Canadian team.

The round-robin schedule continues through May 24, with quarterfinals May 26, semifinals May 28 and the championship game May 29.

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Korpisalo motivated to get back to form after re-signing with Jackets

As he works his way back to being fully healthy, goalie sees a big 2022-23 in store

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

After two years he'd likely rather forget, Joonas Korpisalo finally feels like things are trending upward. 

He's battled illness, injury, struggles in net and the uncertainty of how things would shake out as he played out the last two years of his contract with the Blue Jackets. 

So now, finally, Korpisalo feels like things might be slotting into place. A nagging hip injury has been fixed by surgery late in the season, and with a one-year contract extension signed Friday, the Blue Jackets goalie feels like he can get his career back on track in a familiar place. 

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CBJ Sign G Joonas Korpisalo to One-Year Contract Extension

Korpisalo has posted a 76-67-21 record in 182 career regular season games since making his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2015-16.

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year contract extension for the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

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Nyquist returns to the ice and delivers on young Blue Jackets team

First-year alternate captain showed just how important he can be to the CBJ cause

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

For everything that went wrong during the Blue Jackets' disappointing, pandemic-shortened 2021 season that served as the end of an era in Columbus, one of the underrated issues facing the team was the man that went missing.  

Veteran do-it-all forward forward Gustav Nyquist didn't play because of shoulder surgery, taking one of the NHL's most consistent players off the ice. 

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Injuries couldn't hold Werenski down during pivotal season

Defenseman finished with career high in points during his first year as an alternate captain

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Zach Werenski did his duty, even if he wasn't exactly camera ready. 

The Blue Jackets defenseman took one of the wildest pucks to the face you'll ever see in the first period of the team's third-to-last game of the season in April. With the Jackets on the power play, a shot deflected off the backside of a Tampa Bay defender right into the bridge of Werenski's nose as he stood near the side of the net, and immediately blood starting pouring from a cut as the CBJ defenseman skated to the bench and down the tunnel. 

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Jenner rose to challenge in first year as Blue Jackets captain

Veteran delivered on, off the ice while wearing the "C" on his jersey

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

It's not hard to figure out how much respect Boone Jenner has among his Blue Jackets teammates and within the CBJ organization. 

It's clear by the "C" on his jersey, as Jenner was named the team's seventh full-time captain this season after six years as an alternate. In hockey, the captaincy isn't just handed out, and Jenner has earned it by his actions over the years, with teammates going out of their way to rave about what he brings to the table.

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New leadership group passed first test for Blue Jackets

Jenner, Werenski, Bjorkstrand and Nyquist delivered, but all still hope to improve in their roles

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Oliver Bjorkstrand set career highs with 28 goals and 57 points this season, but when he met with Blue Jackets head coach Brad Larsen at the end of the season, another number is what stood out.  

One of the more responsible two-way players on the Blue Jackets team finished minus-33, and Bjorkstrand's message to Larsen was that turning that number around means a lot more to him than his personal stats. 

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Blue Jackets have options while putting together roster this offseason

One of the youngest teams in the NHL wants to take the next step

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Earlier this week, we wrote about the new challenges facing the Blue Jackets after a 2021-22 season that went better than most outside expectations. 

Today, we'll look a little closer at the specific things the Jackets might look to do when it comes to getting a roster ready for a 2022-23 campaign in which a return to the playoffs could be in sight. 

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Nine members of CBJ org to compete at IIHF World Championships in Finland

Blue Jackets to represent six countries in tournament held from May 13-29

by Blue Jackets Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The 2022 IIHF World Championships get underway in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland on Friday, May 13 with eight members of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization set to participate in the tournament. Director of Player Development Rick Nash along with F Kent Johnson and F Cole Sillinger will represent Canada at the event, while D Nick Blankenburg and D Andrew Peeke will compete for the United States. Also participating at the tournament are F Emil Bemstrom (Sweden), D Dean Kukan (Switzerland), G Elvis Merzlikins (Latvia) and F Alexandre Texier (France).

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Blue Jackets face new challenge in building process

After taking a big step this past season, the hardest part might still remain for Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Now that the lottery is complete and the Blue Jackets know they have picks six and 12 in July's NHL Draft, the team can go full speed ahead when it comes to planning for the 2022-23 season 

Of course, Columbus brass isn't just starting on that project, but at least the team now knows exactly what assets it has as it goes about plotting its future course. 

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