2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets season

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2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets
Division 5th Central
Conference 13th Western
2000–01 record 28–39–9–6
Home record 19–15–4–3
Road record 9–24–5–3
Goals for 190
Goals against 233
Team information
General Manager Doug MacLean
Coach Dave King
Captain Lyle Odelein
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 17,457
Team leaders
Goals Geoff Sanderson (30)
Assists Espen Knutsen (42)
Points Geoff Sanderson (56)
Penalties in minutes Tyler Wright (140)
Wins Ron Tugnutt (22)
Goals against average Ron Tugnutt (2.44)
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The 2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the Blue Jackets' first season in the NHL, as the city of Columbus, Ohio, was awarded an expansion team in 1997.

Off-season[edit]

The team would be named the Blue Jackets, as it was chosen to celebrate "patriotism, pride and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio and the city of Columbus." The Jackets would join the Central Division in the Western Conference.

The club would name Doug MacLean as the general manager. MacLean had previously been the head coach of the Florida Panthers, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. MacLean hired Dave King as the head coach of the Jackets. King had previously been the head coach of the Calgary Flames from 1992–95, and was an assistant on the Montreal Canadiens from 1997–99.

On June 23, 2000, the Blue Jackets and their expansion cousins, the Minnesota Wild, participated in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft in Calgary, Alberta. Columbus selected goaltender Rick Tabaracci with their first pick. The following day on June 24, Columbus would participate in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, and selected Rostislav Klesla with the 4th overall pick.

Regular season[edit]

On October 7, 2000, Columbus would play in their first game ever, losing 5–3 to the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena. Bruce Gardiner scored the first goal in franchise history. On October 14, the Blue Jackets became part of hockey history. In a loss against the Colorado Avalanche, goalie Patrick Roy tied Terry Sawchuk for most career wins by a goaltender.[1] The Blue Jackets would win their first ever game on October 12, defeating the Calgary Flames 3–2 at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Columbus would win its first home game on October 27, defeating the visiting Washington Capitals 3–1.

The Blue Jackets, like most expansion teams, would struggle throughout the season, and would finish the year 11 games under .500, with a 28–39–9–6 record, earning 71 points, 19 points behind the Vancouver Canucks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Geoff Sanderson would lead the Jackets with 30 goals and 56 points, while Espen Knutsen would lead Columbus with 44 assists. Steve Heinze was having a solid season, scoring 22 goals and 42 points, before being dealt to the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline. Jamie Heward led the blue line, scoring 11 goals and 27 points, while Deron Quint would score 7 goals and 23 points. Tyler Wright led the club with 140 penalty minutes.

Ron Tugnutt would get the majority of action in the Blue Jackets net, playing in 53 games, and tying a career high with 22 wins. Tugnutt would have a 2.44 GAA, .917 save percentage, and earn 4 shutouts. Marc Denis backed up Tugnutt, winning 6 games and had a GAA of 3.25.

Season standings[edit]

Central Division[2]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Detroit Red Wings 82 49 20 9 4 253 202 111
2 4 St. Louis Blues 82 43 22 12 5 249 195 103
3 10 Nashville Predators 82 34 36 9 3 186 200 80
4 12 Chicago Blackhawks 82 29 40 8 5 210 246 71
5 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 28 39 9 6 190 233 71

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 52 16 10 4 270 192 118
2 y – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 49 20 9 4 253 202 111
3 y – Dallas Stars PAC 82 48 24 8 2 241 187 106
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 43 22 12 5 249 195 103
5 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 40 27 12 3 217 192 95
6 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 39 28 12 3 243 222 93
7 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 38 28 13 3 252 228 92
8 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 36 28 11 7 239 238 90
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9 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 35 27 17 3 214 212 90
10 Nashville Predators CEN 82 34 36 9 3 186 200 80
11 Calgary Flames NW 82 27 36 15 4 197 236 73
12 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 29 40 8 5 210 246 71
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CEN 82 28 39 9 6 190 233 71
14 Minnesota Wild NW 82 25 39 13 5 168 210 68
15 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 25 41 11 5 188 245 66

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division


Schedule and results[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 7 Chicago Blackhawks 5–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–1–0–0 0
2 October 9 Los Angeles Kings 7–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–2–0–0 0
3 October 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–2 Calgary Flames 1–2–0–0 2
4 October 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Colorado Avalanche 1–3–0–0 2
5 October 15 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2 Chicago Blackhawks 1–4–0–0 2
6 October 18 Colorado Avalanche 5–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–5–0–0 2
7 October 21 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–5 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–6–0–0 2
8 October 22 Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–6–0–1 3
9 October 25 San Jose Sharks 3–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–7–0–1 3
10 October 27 Washington Capitals 1–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–7–0–1 5
11 October 28 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 Detroit Red Wings 2–8–0–1 5
12 October 31 Los Angeles Kings 1–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–8–0–1 7
13 November 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–4 Dallas Stars 3–9–0–1 7
14 November 4 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 Ottawa Senators 3–9–1–1 8
15 November 5 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–10–1–1 8
16 November 9 San Jose Sharks 2–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–10–1–1 10
17 November 11 Phoenix Coyotes 1–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–10–1–1 12
18 November 13 Dallas Stars 2–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 6–10–1–1 14
19 November 16 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–1 Nashville Predators 7–10–1–1 16
20 November 17 Florida Panthers 3–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–11–1–1 16
21 November 19 Vancouver Canucks 6–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–12–1–1 16
22 November 21 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–5 Colorado Avalanche 7–13–1–1 16
23 November 24 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–3 Dallas Stars 7–14–1–1 16
24 November 25 Dallas Stars 4–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–15–1–1 16
25 November 29 Philadelphia Flyers 4–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–16–1–1 16
26 December 2 Atlanta Thrashers 2–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–17–1–1 16
27 December 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–5 Chicago Blackhawks 7–18–1–1 16
28 December 6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 8–18–1–1 18
29 December 8 Boston Bruins 2–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 9–18–1–1 20
30 December 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–1 Phoenix Coyotes 9–18–2–1 21
31 December 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 9–18–2–2 22
32 December 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2 San Jose Sharks 9–19–2–2 22
33 December 16 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4 Vancouver Canucks 9–20–2–2 22
34 December 18 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–0 Montreal Canadiens 10–20–2–2 24
35 December 21 Ottawa Senators 3–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 10–20–3–2 25
36 December 23 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–5 New York Islanders 11–20–3–2 27
37 December 26 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–5 St. Louis Blues 11–21–3–2 27
38 December 27 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 New Jersey Devils 11–21–4–2 28
39 December 29 Carolina Hurricanes 1–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 12–21–4–2 30
40 December 31 New Jersey Devils 6–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 12–22–4–2 30
41 January 3 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 13–22–4–2 32
42 January 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4 Vancouver Canucks 13–23–4–2 32
43 January 7 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 13–24–4–2 32
44 January 10 Colorado Avalanche 4–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 13–25–4–2 32
45 January 12 Chicago Blackhawks 3–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 13–26–4–2 32
46 January 15 Minnesota Wild 0–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 14–26–4–2 34
47 January 17 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Minnesota Wild 14–26–4–3 35
48 January 21 Tampa Bay Lightning 1–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 15–26–4–3 37
49 January 23 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–1 Buffalo Sabres 16–26–4–3 39
50 January 27 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 17–26–4–3 41
51 January 31 Detroit Red Wings 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 17–26–4–4 42
52 February 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 St. Louis Blues 17–26–5–4 43
53 February 6 St. Louis Blues 2–2 Edmonton Oilers 17–26–6–4 44
54 February 8 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Nashville Predators 17–27–6–4 44
55 February 10 Nashville Predators 2–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 18–27–6–4 46
56 February 12 New York Rangers 4–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 18–28–6–4 46
57 February 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 18–28–7–4 47
58 February 16 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4 Detroit Red Wings 18–29–7–4 47
59 February 17 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 18–29–7–5 48
60 February 20 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 San Jose Sharks 18–29–7–6 49
61 February 21 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Phoenix Coyotes 18–30–7–6 49
62 February 24 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Los Angeles Kings 18–31–7–6 49
63 February 25 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 19–31–7–6 51
64 February 28 Phoenix Coyotes 2–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 20–31–7–6 53
65 March 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–2 Nashville Predators 21–31–7–6 55
66 March 7 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2 Carolina Hurricanes 21–32–7–6 55
67 March 9 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–6 Florida Panthers 22–32–7–6 57
68 March 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 Tampa Bay Lightning 22–33–7–6 57
69 March 14 Calgary Flames 0–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 23–33–7–6 59
70 March 16 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–0 Atlanta Thrashers 24–33–7–6 61
71 March 17 New York Islanders 3–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 24–33–8–6 62
72 March 19 Nashville Predators 2–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 24–34–8–6 62
73 March 21 Vancouver Canucks 1–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 24–34–9–6 63
74 March 24 Calgary Flames 4–6 Columbus Blue Jackets 25–34–9–6 65
75 March 26 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 25–35–9–6 65
76 March 27 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–3 Calgary Flames 25–36–9–6 65
77 March 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–3 Los Angeles Kings 25–37–9–6 65
78 April 1 St. Louis Blues 1–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 26–37–9–6 67
79 April 3 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 27–37–9–6 69
80 April 5 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 St. Louis Blues 27–38–9–6 69
81 April 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Minnesota Wild 27–39–9–6 69
82 April 8 Chicago Blackhawks 3–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 28–39–9–6 71
  • Green background indicates a win.
  • Red background indicates a regulation loss.
  • Yellow background indicates an overtime loss.
  • White background indicates a tie.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 68 30 26 56 46 4 9 0 7
Knutsen, EspenEspen Knutsen C 66 11 42 53 30 -3 2 0 0
Heinze, SteveSteve Heinze RW 65 22 20 42 38 -19 14 0 3
Wright, TylerTyler Wright C 76 16 16 32 140 -9 4 1 2
Vyborny, DavidDavid Vyborny RW 79 13 19 32 22 -9 5 0 1
Aubin, SergeSerge Aubin LW 81 13 17 30 107 -20 0 0 2
Heward, JamieJamie Heward D 69 11 16 27 33 3 9 0 1
Quint, DeronDeron Quint D 57 7 16 23 16 -19 3 0 0
Gardiner, BruceBruce Gardiner RW 73 7 15 22 78 -1 0 0 1
Adams, KevynKevyn Adams C 66 8 12 20 52 -4 0 0 1
Kron, RobertRobert Kron LW 59 8 11 19 10 4 0 1 1
Selivanov, AlexanderAlexander Selivanov RW 59 8 11 19 38 -11 5 0 2
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 81 3 14 17 118 -16 1 0 0
Nummelin, PetteriPetteri Nummelin D 61 4 12 16 10 -11 2 0 0
Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen RW 66 8 7 15 126 2 0 0 3
Pushor, JamieJamie Pushor D 75 3 10 13 94 7 0 1 0
Timander, MattiasMattias Timander D 76 2 9 11 24 -8 0 0 1
Nielsen, ChrisChris Nielsen RW 29 4 5 9 4 4 0 0 1
Kucera, FrantisekFrantisek Kucera D 48 2 5 7 12 -5 0 0 0
Maneluk, MikeMike Maneluk LW 39 5 1 6 33 -11 2 0 2
Grand-Pierre, Jean-LucJean-Luc Grand-Pierre D 64 1 4 5 73 -6 0 0 0
Caloun, JanJan Caloun RW 11 0 3 3 2 -8 0 0 0
Maltais, SteveSteve Maltais LW 26 0 3 3 12 -9 0 0 0
Whitney, RayRay Whitney LW 3 0 3 3 2 -1 0 0 0
Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla D 8 2 0 2 6 -1 0 0 0
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 9 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 0
Bowler, BillBill Bowler C 9 0 2 2 8 -3 0 0 0
Oliwa, KrzysztofKrzysztof Oliwa LW 10 0 2 2 34 1 0 0 0
Sloan, BlakeBlake Sloan RW 14 1 0 1 13 -2 0 0 0
Spanhel, MartinMartin Spanhel LW 6 1 0 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 53 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Dahl, KevinKevin Dahl D 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche LW 9 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Davidson, MattMatt Davidson RW 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Denis, MarcMarc Denis G 32 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Drury, TedTed Drury C 1 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Gaul, MichaelMichael Gaul D 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Selmser, SeanSean Selmser LW 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Shelley, JodyJody Shelley LW 1 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 3129 53 22 25 5 127 2.44 4 1528 1401 .917
Denis, MarcMarc Denis 1830 32 6 20 4 99 3.25 0 940 841 .895
Team: 4959 82 28 45 9 226 2.73 4 2468 2242 .908

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Draft picks[edit]

Columbus' draft picks at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 4 Rostislav Klesla  Czech Republic Brampton Battalion (OHL)
3 69 Ben Knopp  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
5 133 Petteri Nummelin  Finland Davos (Swiss.)
5 138 Scott Heffernan  Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)
5 150 Tyler Kolarik  United States Deerfield Academy (USHS)
6 169 Shane Bendera  Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
7 200 Janne Jokila  Finland TPS (Finland)
8 231 Peter Zingoni  United States New England Jr. Coyotes (EJHL)
9 278 Martin Paroulek  Czech Republic HC Vsetin (Czech.)
9 286 Andrej Nedorost  Slovakia Essen Mosquitoes (DEL)
9 292 Louis Manderville  Canada Royun-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

Expansion draft picks[edit]

Columbus' expansion draft picks at the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft.

# Player Drafted from
1. Rick Tabaracci (G) Colorado Avalanche
2. Frederic Chabot (G) Montreal Canadiens
3. Dwayne Roloson (G) Buffalo Sabres
4. Mattias Timander (D) Boston Bruins
5. Bert Robertsson (D) Edmonton Oilers
6. Tommi Rajamaki (D) Toronto Maple Leafs
7. Jamie Pushor (D) Dallas Stars
8. Lyle Odelein (D) Phoenix Coyotes
9. Radim Bicanek (D) Chicago Blackhawks
10. Mathieu Schneider (D) New York Rangers
11. Jonas Junkka (D) Pittsburgh Penguins
12. Geoff Sanderson (LW) Buffalo Sabres
13. Turner Stevenson (RW) Montreal Canadiens
14. Robert Kron (C) Carolina Hurricanes
15. Steve Heinze (RW) Boston Bruins
16. Tyler Wright (C) Pittsburgh Penguins
17. Kevyn Adams (C) Toronto Maple Leafs
18. Dmitri Subbotin (F) New York Rangers
19. Dallas Drake (RW) Phoenix Coyotes
20. Bruce Gardiner (C) Tampa Bay Lightning
21. Barrie Moore (LW) Washington Capitals
22. Martin Streit (F) Philadelphia Flyers
23. Kevin Dineen (RW) Ottawa Senators
24. Jeff Williams (LW) New Jersey Devils
25. Sergei Luchinkin (RW) Dallas Stars
26. Ted Drury (C) New York Islanders

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Date Traded Acquired Acquired From
May 11 2000 4th round pick & 2000 9th round pick Chris Nielsen New York Islanders
May 25 2001 4th round pick Espen Knutsen Anaheim Mighty Ducks
June 7 2002 2nd round pick Marc Denis Colorado Avalanche
June 11 agree not to select Evgeni Nabokov in expansion draft Jan Caloun,2000 9th round pick, & 2001 conditional pick San Jose Sharks
June 12 2001 3rd round pick & future considerations Krzysztof Oliwa & Deron Quint Vancouver Canucks
June 23 agree to select Geoff Sanderson & Dwayne Roloson in expansion draft Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, Matt Davidson, 2000 5th round pick, 2001 5th round pick Buffalo Sabres
June 23 agreed to select Frederic Chabot in expansion draft 2001 2nd round pick Montreal Canadiens
June 23 future considerations 2000 5th round pick Boston Bruins
June 25 2002 9th round pick 2002 9th round pick Detroit Red Wings
June 25 2001 9th round pick 2000 9th round pick Florida Panthers
Aug 17 future considerations Kent McDonell Detroit Red Wings
Nov 9 Bert Robertsson Jean-Francois Labbe New York Rangers
Jan 14 Krzysztof Oliwa 2001 3rd round pick Pittsburgh Penguins
March 13 Frantisek Kucera 2001 6th round pick Pittsburgh Penguins
March 13 Steve Heinze 2001 3rd round pick Buffalo Sabres
March 13 Kevyn Adams & 2001 4th round Ray Whitney & future considerations Florida Panthers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.444 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  2. ^ "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2000-2001 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  4. ^ "2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.