21-Year-Old Left Wing – Columbus Blue Jackets
Boone Jenner Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Jackets in March of 2012.
Jenner (hand) is expected to make his season debut next week, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Jenner ended his junior career with a bang, scoring 45 goals and 82 points in 56 games for Oshawa (OHL) before a late-season AHL stint in which he looked right at home. He's a coach's dream, playing a fierce two-way style and backing down from no one, and after a standout preseason he seems ready to settle into the Blue Jackets' lineup. Jenner's lack of elite offensive skills could limit him to a third-line role, but he's arguably the best faceoff man in the world outside of the NHL and that skill alone could land him plenty of man-advantage ice time once he establishes himself. He won't be a fantasy stud, but he will be a fan favorite.
Boone is a two-way center prospect that wrapped up his OHL career with 22 goals and 49 points in 43 games. He will now try to prove in the AHL that he can be more than just a checking line player in the pros after his tenure with Oshawa.
Jenner was a point-a-game player last season in the OHL, but it was his leadership, character and work ethic that made the Blue Jackets trade up to grab him in the draft when he slipped out of the first round. It's a good fit from an organizational perspective as he'll have no better role model for his style of play, and no better comp for his possible ceiling, than R.J. Umberger.