For those of us who didn’t have what it takes to make it to the NHL, a great way to ‘play’ the game is through participating in fantasy hockey leagues (video games like NHL 16 are also awesome).
Our friends over at ESPN Fantasy were kind enough to compile a list of the top 300 fantasy hockey rankings for the 2015-16 season. The fantasy staff’s list has a solid show of Blue Jackets players including Ryan Johansen, Sergei Bobrovsky and Nick Foligno.
The first Blue Jacket to appear on the list, at the ninth overall spot, is Johansen. The 23-year-old center played all 82 games of the 2014-15 regular season, scoring 26 goals and 45 assists for a total of 71 points.
In terms of league rankings, he was 15th in assists and 16th in points. Being one of the few forwards to remain healthy throughout the entirety of the season, Johansen was an important player on and off of the ice for Columbus.
This coming season, the Vancouver native will once again be a key player – looking to take another step offensively after 66 and 71-point campaigns the past two years. There’s no doubt that Johansen will be one of the most talked about players in the league.
No pressure, Joey.
Sitting at No. 27 on the list is Bobrovsky. The 2013 Vezina Trophy winner had a win-loss record of 30-17 in 51 games played with a .918 save percentage.
The 26-year-old goalie is expected to have a big season and the Blue Jackets need their No. 1 guy to be a difference maker. With defensemen like a healthy Ryan Murray, Fedor Tyutin and Jack Johnson in front of him, there’s no reason to believe Bob won’t help the team make another playoff push and throw his helmet into the Vezina Trophy mix.
Captain Foligno checks in at No. 55 on the list. Foligno played 79 games last season and scored 31 goals and added 42 assists -- both career-highs. Those numbers put him at 12th overall for goals and 10th overall for points...not too shabby.
The 27-year-old left winger emerged as one of the best in the league last season, and was named one of the captains for the 2015 NHL All-Star game, held in Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
The Blue Jackets will be in good hands once the roster is finalized and the season officially kicks off on Oct. 9 when the Blue Jackets take on the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.
But don’t forget about the other players on the Blue Jackets roster who will be making huge contributions to this team during the season; several of them earned recognition on ESPN's list.
Here’s a breakdown of the remaining Blue Jackets players and their ESPN ranking:
64.) Scott Hartnell
110.) Brandon Saad
164.) Cam Atkinson
216.) Boone Jenner
218.) Brandon Dubinsky
241.) Jack Johnson
252.) Alexander Wennberg
To check out the full list, click HERE.