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Prospects shine in latest audition

Dubois, Werenski, Anderson among standouts in Thursday's OT win

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Game Highlights: CBJ vs. NSH

Highlights from the Blue Jackets' 3-2 win vs. NSH

Postgame highlights from the Blue Jackets' 3-2 preseason victory against the Nashville Predators

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In perhaps their biggest opportunity yet, the Blue Jackets' youngsters made a strong account of themselves on Thursday night.

Admittedly there were some heavy legs during Sunday's split-squad doubleheader after a few days of conditioning workouts, skating tests and the like, and while they're still doing those things in training camp, the focus has shifted ever so slightly to evaluation and waiting for guys to put their stamp on it.

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Blue Jackets trim camp roster to 52 players

Three players assigned to Cleveland Monsters (AHL)

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / NHL.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their training camp roster by eight players, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

The following players were assigned to the Cleveland Monsters, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate:

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Auditions for young players continue vs. Preds

Werenski, Dubois in prominent roles for Jackets' fourth exhibition tune-up

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Pregame: Josh Anderson (9/29/16)

Anderson on his approach to the upcoming game

Josh Anderson talks about his approach to the Blue Jackets' upcoming game at Nationwide Arena

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The Blue Jackets continue their evaluation process tonight in exhibition game No. 4, hosting the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena.

Young players on the bubble and also training camp tryouts will get opportunities with established players, and the goaltending battle continues to percolate as the club looks to solidify the position behind Sergei Bobrovsky.

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Werenski to make preseason debut Thursday

CBJ's top prospect joined training camp practices on Tuesday

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Training Camp Day 7: Werenski

Werenski on his first OhioHealth training camp

Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski on his first OhioHealth training camp

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Zach Werenski has been thinking about this camp for a long time.

Unfortunately, he had to wait a few days before joining practice for real after a groin injury suffered in Traverse City, but he since received the "all clear" and he was a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

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Blue Jackets reduce camp roster by seven players

Dillon Heatherington, Keegan Kolesar to miss several weeks due to injury

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / NHL.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their training camp roster by seven players, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

The following players were assigned to their respective major junior clubs - right wing Vitaly Abramov (Gatineau/QMJHL), defenseman Sam Ruopp (Prince George/WHL), right wing Kole Sherwood (London/OHL) and center Calvin Thurkauf (Kelowna/WHL). In addition, center Francis Beauvillier, goaltender Jeremy Brodeur and defenseman Stephen Gibson were released from their amateur tryout contracts.

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Hartnell committed to winning in Columbus

34-year-old is excited about organization's present and future

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Training Camp 1-on-1: Hartnell

Scott Hartnell on his desire to remain in Columbus

Scott Hartnell on his desire to remain in Columbus

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Armed with an ageless style and 16 years of NHL experience, Scott Hartnell would be a fit on virtually any team.

But as he enters the twilight of his career and looks at the dwindling number of opportunities to win, he strongly believes his best chance to do that is right here in Columbus.

Hartnell was widely rumored on the trade block at last spring's deadline and again into the summer, but training camp is here and he's still a Blue Jacket - and that's where he plans to remain.

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Gagner making an early impression

Veteran forward has shown skill, versatility in preseason

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Gagner's shootout winner

CBJ@BOS: Gagner wins it with beautiful shootout goal

Sam Gagner skates down in the shootout, then uses a slick move to slip the puck past Zane McIntyre to win the game for the Blue Jackets 3-2

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BOSTON - You would be hard-pressed to find a Blue Jackets player who has hit the ground running (skating?) like Sam Gagner.

Sure, he's a well-traveled veteran player who has been through this all before, but like so many players on this roster, he has something to prove. The 27-year-old was an unsigned free agent late into the summer before Columbus came calling, inking him to a one-year deal to add depth up the middle and help on the power play.

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Gagner's winner sends Jackets to shootout win

McElhinney makes 29 saves in Columbus' first preseason victory

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

BOSTON - After a pair of rather sluggish exhibition games yesterday, the pace was noticeably higher tonight at TD Garden.

The Blue Jackets, after two days of intense testing and skating workouts, were playing their third preseason game in two days, which gave John Tortorella an opportunity to see some guys he hadn't seen yet, and also to see some players who he wanted to see again.

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Blues sweep preseason doubleheader from Jackets

Hartnell - Gagner - Atkinson line impresses in afternoon game

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets have gone full-bore into Camp Tortorella since Thursday morning. Forgive them if their legs were a little heavy on this fine Sunday.

You'd hear that sentiment echoed by the head coach himself, who knew going into these split-squad games that his team might not have a lot of gas left in the tank. As a result, Columbus took a pair of losses (one in St. Louis, the other at Nationwide Arena), but the outcome doesn't bother Tortorella.

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Game Day: Blue Jackets continue preseason in Boston

Columbus plays its third of eight tune-ups at TD Garden on Monday

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

Call it a sneak preview of opening night if you want (you don't have to).

The Blue Jackets and Bruins meet Monday night at TD Garden about three weeks out from their first official game of the season, which is Oct. 13 at Nationwide Arena.

For Columbus, it's already the third exhibition tune-up in two days, giving John Tortorella and his coaching staff ample opportunity to see a large group of players in action.

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