25-Year-Old Defenseman – Columbus Blue Jackets
Dalton Prout Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets in June 2014.
Prout is a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Sharks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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Prout shot up the depth chart and earned a regular shift down the stretch, and his rock-solid play in his own zone was an unheralded part of the Blue Jackets' late-season push for a playoff spot (as well as Sergei Bobrovsky's Vezina-worthy performance). A plus-15 rating in 28 games will be an impossible pace to repeat over a full season, and his offensive upside is limited, but Prout has made himself a key part of the Jackets' future on the blue line.
A stay-at-home depth defenseman, Prout will likely ride the Springfield-Columbus shuttle again this season, splitting his time between the AHL and the NHL. He'll likely be one of the names called should the Jackets' suffer any injuries on the blue line.