It’s no secret that Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno is coming off a stellar season.
The Buffalo native scored 31 goals and racked up 73 points in 79 games during the 2014-15 season. In terms of league rankings, those numbers were good enough for 10th in total points, 11th in power play goals and 12th in goals overall.
Among the 27-year-old’s highlights during the season: being named a captain for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, which was held in Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Foligno also had his first career hat trick on April 4 versus Pittsburgh on home ice, in addition to a career-best eight-game point streak.
He picked up his 100th career Blue Jackets point (assist) in his 500th career NHL game on Dec. 31 versus Minnesota, and on Dec. 18 versus Washington, he scored his 100th career NHL goal.
With Foligno coming off of his best season yet, the addition of players like Brandon Saad and existing teammates like Scott Hartnell, the Blue Jackets are hopeful for a return to the playoffs.
A few quick stats on Saad: he scored 23 goals and 52 points in 82 games with his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, in 2014-15. In the playoffs, he added eight goals and three assists for a total of 11 points in a playoff run that resulted in a second Stanley Cup for the 22-year-old Pittsburgh native.
Hartnell played his 14th season (and first with the Blue Jackets) in 2014-15. In 77 games, he scored 28 goals and added 32 assists. Hartnell set a Columbus franchise single-month record with 11 goals in March, recorded his eighth career hat trick and scored a goal in his 1,000th NHL game on Feb. 9 against the Los Angeles Kings.
Foligno, Saad and Hartnell all have one thing in common (okay, two things). In addition to wearing Blue Jackets sweaters, the players were all named on Yahoo!'s list of the top left wings in the NHL.
Here’s the breakdown of their left winger ranking by order of appearance:
6. Nick Foligno, Columbus: A goal-scoring, bodychecking piece of work who leads by example for the up-and-coming Blue Jackets.
13. Brandon Saad, Columbus: The Blue Jackets are primed to go ‘Beast Mode’ on the rest of the league.
18. Scott Hartnell, Columbus: He hits, he shoots, he falls down, he gets back up.
In addition to the guys mentioned above, there's a solid group on the list; view the complete rundown of the top 25 left wings in the NHL at Yahoo.com.