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Power Rankings pres. by YP: Nov. 24

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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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.

There are very few things that can amp up a crowd more than seeing an opposing player get sent to the penalty box. And while, yes, the rules are there for a reason, the game just seems more fun for two minutes after someone breaks one of those rules.

Simply put, power plays are exhilarating for everyone. Fans on both sides hold their breath, letting out either a discontented groan or an exuberant cheer when someone ends up lighting the lamp. Here are the five power play units who do that better than anyone else.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus's place on this list may come as somewhat of a surprise, given the unit's early-season struggles. Coach Todd Richards even attempted to jump-start the power play unit by swapping out a defenseman for forward Mark Letestu on the point. 

When Letestu went down with a groin injury, the power play production became a concern, but the unit has hit its stride recently. After coming alive in the past two weeks, the Jackets power play unit now ranks fifth in the league.

Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno have been one of the league's most productive duos this season, and much of that success has come on the power play. Both rank within the top 10 in the NHL for power play points, and Foligno's five power play goals trail only Claude Giroux and Brock Nelson.

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