22-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 tallied a goal on six shot attempts in Friday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
By just about any measure, Jenner's rookie season was a successful one. After a slow start, he scored 14 goals and 26 points over his final 55 games with a plus-12 rating, adding three goals and five points in the Blue Jackets' first-round playoff loss to the Penguins. Jenner's 212 hits on the season led all rookies, and he finished the year firmly entrenched among the Jackets' top-six forwards, seeing plenty of ice time alongside Ryan Johansen. A sophomore slump is always possible, and he doesn't have a huge offensive ceiling, but as his body and his game mature, Jenner figures to be yet another Columbus forward who plays hard in every zone and can contribute in a variety of fantasy categories.
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.