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Battalion Breakdown: Alexander Wennberg

Center had rough year offensively but was defensive standout

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Alexander Wennberg's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Alexander Wennberg 

Number: 10 

Age: 24 

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Q&A: Jarmo Kekalainen on what's next for the Blue Jackets

Columbus general manager discusses the draft, free agency and more

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Welcome to NHL draft week. 

Over the coming days, the work to reshape the Blue Jackets roster will take place in earnest. The draft begins Friday, to be followed by the team's annual development camp, the restricted free agent period, and then the opening of the NHL free agency window. 

And as it begins, very few teams have been discussed as much as the Columbus Blue Jackets. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his team knew going into the February trade deadline that stars Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky were unrestricted free agents-to-be, and conventional NHL wisdom said it would make sense to consider trading them before potentially seeing them leave over the summer. 

Instead, Kekalainen was aggressive at the deadline, acquiring four more potential UFAs in Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Adam McQuaid and Keith Kinkaid. 

Of course, it paid off with the franchise's first-ever postseason series win in the opening round vs. Tampa Bay, though the ultimate goal of a Stanley Cup wasn't in the cards as Columbus lost to Boston in the second round. The moves cemented Kekalainen's reputation as a general manager without fear when it comes to making the big move, but to many the plan came with great risk. 

As a result of a number of deals, Columbus at this moment goes into this week's draft boasting just two picks -- a third-rounder (81 overall) and a seventh-round choice (212 overall). With all six pending UFAs still unsigned, an air of uncertainty reigns over the Blue Jackets' offseason plans. 

So where does the team go from here? BlueJackets.com sat down with Kekalainen in his office last week to talk about the draft, free agency and other plans for next season. 

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Battalion Breakdown: Markus Hannikainen

Winger set a career high in games played and goals in 2018-19

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Markus Hannikainen's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Markus Hannikainen 

Number: 37 

Age: 26 

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Bemstrom eyes role with Blue Jackets for upcoming campaign

After leading Sweden's top league in goals, prospect sees opportunity with Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When asked if he plans to spend his 2019-20 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Emil Bemstrom had a quick answer. 

"Yeah, that's my goal," said Bemstrom, a Swedish forward who turned 20 years old June 1. 

When asked if he thinks that's an attainable goal, he gave an even quicker reply. 

"Yes," he said. 

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Rick Nash returns 'home' to join Blue Jackets front office

Former captain has been learning the ropes, now starts role as special assistant to GM

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

For Rick Nash, the urge to stay involved in hockey was never far away. 

Luckily, the opportunity to do so wasn't, either. 

After Nash chose to retire this past season, he returned to his residence in Columbus, where he was quickly welcomed back into the fold by Blue Jackets management. 

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Battalion Breakdown: Joonas Korpisalo

Goaltender took on bigger role in his fourth year with the team

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Joonas Korpisalo's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Joonas Korpisalo 

Number: 70 

Age: 25 

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Atkinson invites central Ohio community to fund-raising event

Blue Jackets star hosting carnival to benefit military causes

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When it comes down to it, you can never go wrong with having a dunk tank at a party.

Especially if the man of the hour is willing to be dunked.

That will be the case Saturday when Cam Atkinson hosts Cam's Carnival at The Battery Hockey Academy in Plain City, as the Blue Jackets star has created a family-friendly event to help celebrate his 30th birthday.

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Battalion Breakdown: Ryan Murray

Defenseman had excellent campaign until it was derailed by injury

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Ryan Murray's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Ryan Murray 

Number: 27 

Age: 25 

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Vehvilainen named top goalie in Finland for second year in row

Netminder recently signed contract with Blue Jackets

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

In case there was any doubt who the best goaltender is in the Finnish Liiga, Blue Jackets draft pick Veini Vehvilainen has removed it.

For the second straight season, Vehvilainen has captured the Urpo Ylönen trophy, which is presented to the best goalie in the league each year.

Vehvilainen, who signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Blue Jackets this past week, was 25-8-5 with a 1.58 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and six shutouts in 38 games with Karpat, leading the league in wins, GAA, SV% and shutouts. The netminder also registered a postseason league-best 1.47 GAA and four shutouts with a 11-6 record and .939 SV% to help Karpat advance to Game 7 of the championship final.

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Battalion Breakdown: Ryan Dzingel

Former Ohio State standout added depth after coming over at trade deadline

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season on a player-by-player basis. Today, BlueJackets.com continues the series by looking at Ryan Dzingel's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Ryan Dzingel 

Number: 19 

Age: 27 

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