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Merzlikins' goalie mask pays homage to Fifth Line

Goaltender has plenty of Columbus pride on new cage

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

You can't miss Stinger on the mask of new Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins

The same goes for shoutouts to the Columbus fan base.

In one of the more colorful masks in the NHL, Merzlikins pays tribute to the CBJ mascot and the Fifth Line with a design debuted Wednesday by noted mask artist David Gunnarsson on Instagram.

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Tarasov brings big potential to Blue Jackets goaltending pipeline

Young Russian impressed last season, during time at development camp

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The last time the Blue Jackets acquired a goaltender from Novokuznetsk, Russia, it's fair to say it worked out pretty well. 

Sergei Bobrovsky went from young backup to superstar in his time in Columbus, earning two Vezina Trophies and starting in net for seven seasons with the Blue Jackets. 

Amazingly enough, one of his potential heir apparents hails from the same city of around 550,000 on the Tom River in southwestern Siberia. 

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Battalion Breakdown: Josh Anderson

Blue Jackets winger set new career highs in goals, points and plus-minus

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 Josh Anderson's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Josh Anderson 

Number: 77 

Age: 25 

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Traveling man: Ruutu serves as Blue Jackets' eyes, ears overseas

Former NHL forward plays key part in developing team's European prospects

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

If he ever gets bored of his career in hockey, Jarkko Ruutu can become a travel agent. 

Hockey scouts have to become experts in how to travel quickly and efficiently, and Ruutu is no exception. Frequent flyer miles are his friend as the Blue Jackets' European development coach traverses his way across Europe and Russia to keep tabs on the Columbus prospects who are playing overseas. 

An ocean away from general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his staff, Ruutu is the man who is the face of the Blue Jackets during the season to the team's prospects in Europe. That has increasingly made him a central piece in the organizational puzzle, as the Blue Jackets drafts in recent years have been filled with prospects from the European junior ranks.  

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Battalion Breakdown: Pierre-Luc Dubois

Center's second season shows he can be among the elite pivots in the NHL

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 Pierre-Luc Dubois' season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Pierre-Luc Dubois 

Number: 18 

Age: 21 

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Battalion Breakdown: Adam Clendening

Defenseman stepped in and stood out during Jackets' playoff run

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 Adam Clendening's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Adam Clendening 

Number:

Age: 26 

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Battalion Breakdown: Nick Foligno

Captain produced on and off the ice during trying season

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 Nick Foligno's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign.  

Nick Foligno 

Number: 71  

Age: 31 

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Battalion Breakdown: Alexandre Texier

Youngster showed his immense talent after late-season call-up

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 Alexandre Texier's season and how it impacted Columbus in the 2018-19 campaign. 

Alexander Texier 

Number: 42 

Age: 19 

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Battalion Breakdown: Eric Robinson

Fast winger with speed showed he has what it takes to contribute

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 Eric Robinson's season and how it impacted Columbus during the 2018-19 campaign. 

Eric Robinson 

Number: 50 

Age: 24

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Hard work, competitiveness pay off as Harrington re-signs with Columbus

Blue Jackets defenseman inked three-year deal after breakthrough season

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

For Scott Harrington, it's nice to sign a three-year contract with the Blue Jackets and have the security that comes along with it. 

Even better, it's nice to stay in what has become his professional home. 

With the deal the defenseman signed on Friday, which includes an average annual value of $1.63 million dollars, he'll get the chance to continue on with the organization that gave him a chance and was rewarded with his breakthrough 2018-19 season. 

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