With the Blue Jackets decimated by injuries and looking at possibly dressing Stinger as a seventh defenseman early in the season*, they had to make a move.
*No disrespect to Stinger, but this is an exaggeration.
They looked to the waiver wire and picked up then-24-year-old Kevin Connauton, cast off by the Dallas Stars but not lean on talent and potential. Desperately needing a defenseman who could step in and contribute minutes right away, GM Jarmo Kekalainen snagged Connauton off waivers, got him on a plane to Columbus and into the lineup a few days later.
And it didn't take long for him to make an impact.
Not only did Connauton contribute minutes, he contributed offensively. In just his seventh game for Columbus, Connauton made a great read in overtime (at the end of a looooooooooooooooong shift) and jumped up in the play with Ryan Johansen.
Here's the beautiful visual evidence:
This win over the Philadelphia Flyers didn't come easy (the Blue Jackets gave up a late tying after being in control for most of the first two periods), but it was their fourth in a row and fourth of seven straight wins overall.
Connauton went on to score nine goals and 21 points in his first season with the Blue Jackets.
Well played, Kevin.