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Battalion Breakdown: Scott Harrington

Defenseman saw his role increase for Blue Jackets in 2018-19

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Scott Harrington's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Scott Harrington 

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Age: 26 

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Merzlikins' goalie mask pays homage to Fifth Line

Goaltender has plenty of Columbus pride on new cage

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

You can't miss Stinger on the mask of new Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins

The same goes for shoutouts to the Columbus fan base.

In one of the more colorful masks in the NHL, Merzlikins pays tribute to the CBJ mascot and the Fifth Line with a design debuted Wednesday by noted mask artist David Gunnarsson on Instagram.

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Foligno set to host NHL vs. Docs fundraiser

Event highlighted by charity game featuring Foligno, Dubois, Atkinson, Anderson and more.

by Anthony Allocco @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The NHL vs. Docs fundraiser, hosted by CBJ captain Nick Foligno, will take place August 11 in Sudbury, ON with the goal of raising funds and awareness of expanding pediatric care options in the Greater Sudbury area.

Tweet from @NickFoligno: Thanks for sharing what we���re trying to do up here in @GreaterSudbury to benefit ALL KIDS in Northern Ontario! Appreciate the support from the players and Docs but more importantly the communities up here! We need to get this built for the kids! #NHLvsDocs #sudbury https://t.co/dcXMsCVWQO

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Tarasov brings big potential to Blue Jackets goaltending pipeline

Young Russian impressed last season, during time at development camp

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The last time the Blue Jackets acquired a goaltender from Novokuznetsk, Russia, it's fair to say it worked out pretty well. 

Sergei Bobrovsky went from young backup to superstar in his time in Columbus, earning two Vezina Trophies and starting in net for seven seasons with the Blue Jackets. 

Amazingly enough, one of his potential heir apparents hails from the same city of around 550,000 on the Tom River in southwestern Siberia. 

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Battalion Breakdown: Josh Anderson

Blue Jackets winger set new career highs in goals, points and plus-minus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Josh Anderson's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Josh Anderson 

Number: 77 

Age: 25 

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MacInnis accepts CBJ qualifying offer

F Ryan MacInnis has posted 55 points in 200 career AHL games

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today that restricted free agent center Ryan MacInnis has accepted the club's qualifying offer for the 2019-20 National Hockey League/American Hockey League season.

MacInnis, 23, has posted 18 goals and 37 assists for 55 points with 111 penalty minutes in 200 career AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters, Tucson Roadrunners and Springfield Falcons.   The forward, who was acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on July 18, 2018, registered 4-20-24, 39 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 71 contests with the Monsters in 2018-19. He set career highs in assists, points and games played. He added 1-2-3 in eight appearances with the club in the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. 

The St. Louis Missouri native recorded 79-101-180 and 95 penalty minutes in 192 career Ontario Hockey League contests with the Kitchener Rangers from 2013-16. He was named the club's Most Valuable Player and set career highs in his final campaign with 38-43-81, 49 penalty minutes and was +15 in 59 games in 2015-16.

The 6-3, 185-pound center was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the second round, 43rd overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft. He spent the 2012-13 season with the United States National Team Development Program and represented Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, tallying 0-3-3 and two penalty minutes in seven games.

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Traveling man: Ruutu serves as Blue Jackets' eyes, ears overseas

Former NHL forward plays key part in developing team's European prospects

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

If he ever gets bored of his career in hockey, Jarkko Ruutu can become a travel agent. 

Hockey scouts have to become experts in how to travel quickly and efficiently, and Ruutu is no exception. Frequent flyer miles are his friend as the Blue Jackets' European development coach traverses his way across Europe and Russia to keep tabs on the Columbus prospects who are playing overseas. 

An ocean away from general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his staff, Ruutu is the man who is the face of the Blue Jackets during the season to the team's prospects in Europe. That has increasingly made him a central piece in the organizational puzzle, as the Blue Jackets drafts in recent years have been filled with prospects from the European junior ranks.  

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Blue Jackets forward Sonny Milano accepts club's qualifying offer

Winger has recorded 15 goals and nine assists with the Blue Jackets

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today that restricted free agent left wing Sonny Milano has accepted the club's qualifying offer for the 2019-20 National Hockey League/American Hockey League season.

Milano, 23, has recorded 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points with 10 penalty minutes in 70 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets since making his league debut in 2015-16. He tallied 1-0-1 in eight contests with the club in 2018-19. 

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#CBJ Social Roundup: July 16

Welcome to Columbus.

by Kylie Sturgill @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Gustav Nyquist took his first visit to Columbus last week. He sat down with Bob McElligott to talk free agency and his first impressions of Columbus.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: 🎙 @BobbyMacSports sat down with @GNyquist to talk about his first impressions of Columbus!Full interview ��� https://t.co/z1xtDOBmoI pic.twitter.com/B6Z0XmZMBP

Instagram from @bluejacketsnhl: Getting to know the newest member of the #CBJ

 

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: New teammates getting Blue Jacked pic.twitter.com/Tcx6qCkMKC

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Battalion Breakdown: Pierre-Luc Dubois

Center's second season shows he can be among the elite pivots in the NHL

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Pierre-Luc Dubois' season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Pierre-Luc Dubois 

Number: 18 

Age: 21 

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