The 2016-17 season was one for the record books. The team fought from 27th in the league last season to the fourth in the NHL. They clinched their third playoff berth in franchise history and shattered team records across the board.
We took a look back at the season that was.
65 players showed up for the Blue Jackets training camp, a tough outing under the leadership of John Tortorella that was meant to test the team not just physically but mentally. As the roster started to take shape, the Jackets split the first four of their pre-season games going 2-2-0.
After four more pre-season matches, the Jackets roster was finalized for opening night. Sprinkled among returning veterans, fresh faces like Sam Gagner joined the ranks along with rookies such as Zach Werenski, Lukas Sedlak and Markus Nutivaara. But the Jackets dropped their first two games, including the home opener to Boston Oct. 13.
With a five-day break between games two and three, the Jackets worked on their game and come Oct. 21, the team got its first win of the season over the Chicago Blackhawks. They'd beat Dallas and Anaheim and go 3-3-1 for the month.