EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully give you something to think about.
For this week's rankings, we're taking a look at one of the most oft-referenced 5-on-5 statistics in the business: the plus/minus rating. Is it controversial? You bet. Do some people absolutely loathe it? No doubt, but in terms of even strength goal differential, it's one way to evaluate players. At the midway point of the season, the Blue Jackets have a handful of players who stand out among the pack, and we're profiling them here today.
There are some surprises, some you'd expect at the top of the list...essentially it's a mixed bag, but we hope you enjoy it. Let's get started!
2013-14 PLUS/MINUS: +8
NHL SEASON: 3rd
David Savard got some harsh but needed words from Blue Jackets management last summer. He was without a contract, the season had just ended, and the team told him to get in better shape and come prepared to battle for his job. After signing a one-year deal in the offseason, Savard has really picked up his game and solidified a spot on the Jackets' blue line. He leads the club in plus/minus (+8) through 41 games and has formed a solid pair with Nikita Nikitin.