2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets season

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2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets
Division 3rd Central
Conference 13th Western
2005–06 record 35–43–4
Home record 23–18–0
Road record 12–25–4
Goals for 223
Goals against 279
Team information
General Manager Doug MacLean
Coach Gerard Gallant
Captain Luke Richardson (Oct-Nov)
Adam Foote (Dec-Apr)
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 16,796 (92.6%)
Team leaders
Goals Rick Nash (31)
Assists David Vyborny (43)
Points David Vyborny (65)
Penalties in minutes Jody Shelley (163)
Wins Marc Denis (21)
Goals against average Martin Prusek (3.22)
<2004–05 2006–07>

The 2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the sixth National Hockey League season (fifth season of play) in Columbus, Ohio. The team's final position in the standings was hampered by a slow start that resulted from losing a number of key players, including goals leader Rick Nash, to injury. Once these players returned to the roster, the team had one of the strongest second halves in the league. Despite the strong finish, the Blue Jackets finished outside of the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. However, the strong finish did lead to raised expectations for the 2006–07 season.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 58 16 8 305 209 124
2 4 Nashville Predators 82 49 25 8 259 227 106
3 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 35 43 4 223 279 74
4 14 Chicago Blackhawks 82 26 43 13 211 285 65
5 15 St. Louis Blues 82 21 46 15 197 292 57

[1] 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[2]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Detroit Red Wings CE 82 58 16 8 305 209 124
2 Y- Dallas Stars PA 82 53 23 6 265 218 112
3 Y- Calgary Flames NW 82 46 25 11 218 200 103
4 X- Nashville Predators CE 82 49 25 8 259 227 106
5 X- San Jose Sharks PA 82 44 27 11 266 242 99
6 X- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PA 82 43 27 12 254 229 98
7 X- Colorado Avalanche NW 82 43 30 9 283 257 95
8 X- Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 28 13 256 251 95
8.5
9 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 42 32 8 256 255 92
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 42 35 5 249 270 89
11 Minnesota Wild NW 82 38 36 8 231 215 84
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 39 5 246 271 81
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 35 43 4 223 279 74
14 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 26 43 13 211 285 65
15 St. Louis Blues CE 82 21 46 15 197 292 57

Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific, NW – Northwest

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 5 Columbus 3 – 2 Washington Leclaire 16,325 0–1–0 0
2 October 7 Calgary 3 – 1 Columbus Denis 18,136 0–2–0 0
3 October 9 Columbus 3 – 2 Chicago Denis 11,062 1–2–0 2
4 October 12 Columbus 1 – 4 San Jose Denis 17,496 1–3–0 2
5 October 14 Columbus 3 – 4 Anaheim Leclaire 12,930 1–4–0 2
6 October 16 Columbus 1 – 3 Los Angeles Denis 17,156 1–5–0 2
7 October 21 San Jose 1 – 4 Columbus Denis 15,388 2–5–0 4
8 October 22 Detroit 6 – 0 Columbus Denis 18,136 2–6–0 4
9 October 24 Detroit 6 – 2 Columbus Denis 16,098 2–7–0 4
10 October 26 Nashville 2 – 3 Columbus OT Prusek 15,110 3–7–0 6
11 October 28 Minnesota 1 – 2 Columbus SO Prusek 15,669 4–7–0 8
12 October 29 Columbus 1 – 3 Minnesota Prusek 18,568 4–8–0 8

November[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
13 November 1 Columbus 1 – 5 Edmonton Denis 16,839 4–9–0 8
14 November 3 Columbus 1 – 2 Calgary Denis 19,289 4–10–0 8
15 November 4 Columbus 3 – 5 Vancouver Denis 18,630 4–11–0 8
16 November 9 St. Louis 1 – 3 Columbus Denis 16,058 5–11–0 10
17 November 11 Edmonton 3 – 1 Columbus Denis 18,136 5–12–0 10
18 November 13 Los Angeles 8 – 2 Columbus Prusek 16,174 5–13–0 10
19 November 16 St. Louis 2 – 0 Columbus Denis 15,802 5–14–0 10
20 November 18 Columbus 3 – 6 Dallas Prusek 18,532 5–15–0 10
21 November 20 Columbus 1 – 5 Phoenix Denis 13,953 5–16–0 10
22 November 23 Nashville 4 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 15,833 5–17–0 10
23 November 25 Colorado 5 – 0 Columbus Leclaire 18,136 5–18–0 10
24 November 26 Columbus 4 – 3 St. Louis Prusek 15,002 6–18–0 12
25 November 30 Columbus 3 – 2 Minnesota SO Leclaire 18,568 7–18–0 14

December[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
26 December 1 Columbus 1 – 4 St. Louis Leclaire 12,307 7–19–0 14
27 December 8 NY Islanders 3 – 4 Columbus SO Leclaire 15,728 8–19–0 16
28 December 9 Columbus 2 – 5 Atlanta Leclaire 14,260 8–20–0 16
29 December 11 New Jersey 2 – 3 Columbus OT Denis 17,157 9–20–0 18
30 December 13 Philadelphia 3 – 1 Columbus Denis 16,263 9–21–0 18
31 December 15 Columbus 1 – 2 Carolina Leclaire 11,069 9–22–0 18
32 December 17 Columbus 3 – 7 Nashville Denis 16,020 9–23–0 18
33 December 20 Columbus 3 – 4 Detroit SO Leclaire 20,066 9–23–1 19
34 December 21 Dallas 5 – 3 Columbus Leclaire 16,859 9–24–1 19
35 December 23 Nashville 5 – 4 Columbus Denis 16,330 9–25–1 19
36 December 26 Chicago 3 – 4 Columbus OT Denis 17,441 10–25–1 21
37 December 28 Anaheim 0 – 1 Columbus Denis 17,387 11–25–1 23
38 December 30 Columbus 3 – 2 Chicago Denis 13,229 12–25–1 25
39 December 31 Columbus 2 – 5 Detroit Denis 20,066 12–26–1 25

January[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
40 January 5 Columbus 3 – 6 San Jose Denis 15,275 12–27–1 25
41 January 7 Columbus 2 – 3 Colorado SO Leclaire 18,007 12–27–2 26
42 January 8 Columbus 2 – 5 Phoenix Denis 14,436 13–27–2 28
43 January 11 Pittsburgh 1 – 6 Columbus Leclaire 18,136 14–27–2 30
44 January 13 Columbus 2 – 4 Tampa Bay Denis 20,425 14–28–2 30
45 January 14 Columbus 5 – 4 Florida OT Leclaire 17,991 15–28–2 32
46 January 16 NY Rangers 3 – 4 Columbus Denis 16,355 16–28–2 34
47 January 18 Detroit 4 – 0 Columbus Leclaire 17,089 16–29–2 34
48 January 20 St. Louis 3 – 4 Columbus SO Denis 17,268 17–29–2 36
49 January 21 Columbus 2 – 7 Nashville Leclaire 15,416 17–30–2 36
50 January 24 Vancouver 5 – 6 Columbus Denis 16,192 18–30–2 38
51 January 27 Minnesota 3 – 4 Columbus Leclaire 17,153 19–30–2 40
52 January 28 Nashville 3 – 4 Columbus Denis 18,136 20–30–2 42

February[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 1 Columbus 2 – 1 Calgary SO Denis 19,289 21–30–2 44
54 February 2 Columbus 2 – 1 Edmonton SO Denis 16,839 22–30–2 46
55 February 6 Columbus 4 – 7 Vancouver Denis 18,630 22–31–2 46
56 February 8 Los Angeles 4 – 7 Columbus Denis 16,162 23–31–2 48
57 February 10 Colorado 4 – 1 Columbus Denis 18,136 23–32–2 48
58 February 11 Columbus 2 – 5 Nashville Denis 17,113 23–33–2 48

March[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
59 March 2 Columbus 0 – 1 Colorado Leclaire 18,007 23–34–2 48
60 March 4 Columbus 2 – 3 Los Angeles Denis 17,238 23–35–2 48
61 March 5 Columbus 3 – 2 Anaheim SO Leclaire 16,124 24–35–2 50
62 March 7 Chicago 3 – 1 Columbus Denis 16,137 24–36–2 50
63 March 9 Phoenix 4 – 5 Columbus Leclaire 17,066 25–36–2 52
64 March 11 Edmonton 3 – 4 Columbus OT Denis 18,136 26–36–2 54
65 March 13 Columbus 2 – 3 St. Louis OT Leclaire 12,130 26–36–3 55
66 March 15 Columbus 2 – 3 Chicago Denis 10,130 26–37–3 55
67 March 17 Vancouver 3 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 16,163 26–38–3 55
68 March 19 Anaheim 3 – 4 Columbus Denis 16,519 26–39–3 55
69 March 21 Phoenix 5 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 15,581 26–40–3 55
70 March 24 Calgary 2 – 3 Columbus Denis 17,041 27–40–3 57
71 March 25 Columbus 5 – 4 Detroit SO Leclaire 20,066 28–40–3 59
72 March 28 San Jose 1 – 4 Columbus Denis 16,094 29–40–3 61
73 March 31 Columbus 4 – 2 St. Louis Leclaire 14,101 30–40–3 63

April[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
74 April 1 Chicago 2 – 5 Columbus Denis 17,394 31–40–3 65
75 April 3 Columbus 3 – 1 Nashville Leclaire 12,073 32–40–3 67
76 April 7 Columbus 5 – 6 Detroit SO Denis 20,066 32–40–4 68
77 April 8 Detroit 4 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 18,136 32–41–4 68
78 April 11 Columbus 2 – 3 Dallas Denis 18,543 32–42–4 68
79 April 13 St. Louis 1 – 4 Columbus Leclaire 16,262 33–42–4 70
80 April 15 Chicago 2 – 5 Columbus Denis 16,555 34–42–4 72
81 April 16 Columbus 3 – 4 Chicago Leclaire 10,733 34–43–4 72
82 April 18 Dallas 4 – 5 Columbus OT Denis 17,103 35–43–4 74
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

The Blue Jackets failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Player stats[edit]

Scoring Leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
David Vyborny 80 22 43 65 -9 50
Rick Nash 54 31 23 54 5 51
Nikolai Zherdev 73 27 27 54 -13 50
Sergei Fedorov* 62 12 31 43 -1 64
Jan Hrdina 75 10 23 33 -8 78

Final Season Stats

*Stats reflect games played with Columbus only.

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Martin Prusek 9 373 3 3 0 20 0 .870 3.22
Pascal Leclaire 33 1804 11 15 3 97 0 .911 3.23
Marc Denis 49 2786 21 25 1 151 1 .900 3.25

Transactions[edit]

The Blue Jackets have been involved in the following transactions during the 2005–06 season.[3]

Trades[edit]

October 8, 2005 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Jason Chimera
Michael Rupp
Cale Hulse
To Phoenix Coyotes
Geoff Sanderson
Tim Jackman
November 15, 2005 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Sergei Fedorov
5th round pick in 2006
To Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Tyler Wright
Francois Beauchemin
February 28, 2006 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Severson
To Calgary Flames
Cale Hulse
March 8, 2006 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Conditional draft pick
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Luke Richardson

Free agents acquired[edit]

Player signed Former team
D Adam Foote Colorado Avalanche
D Brian Berard Chicago Blackhawks
F Jan Hrdina New Jersey Devils
G Martin Prusek Ottawa Senators
D Andy Delmore Buffalo Sabres

Free agents lost[edit]

Player lost New team
F Andrew Cassels Washington Capitals
D Jaroslav Spacek Chicago Blackhawks

Draft picks[edit]

Columbus' picks at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario. The Blue Jackets picked 6th in odd rounds, 25th in even rounds.

Round # Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 6 Gilbert Brule (C)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Vancouver Giants (WHL)
2 55 Adam McQuaid (D)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
3 67 Kris Russell (D)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
4 101 Jared Boll (RW)  United States Columbus Blue Jackets (from Toronto Maple Leafs) Lincoln Stars (USHL)
5 131 Tomáš Pöpperle (G)  Czech Republic Columbus Blue Jackets HC Sparta Praha (Czech)
6 177 Derek Reinhart (D)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets (from Phoenix Coyotes) Regina Pats (WHL)
6 189 Kirill Starkov (LW)  Russia/ Denmark* Columbus Blue Jackets Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
7 201 Trevor Hendrikx (D)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Peterborough Petes (OHL)

* Kirill Starkov became a Danish citizen in the summer of 2006.[4]

Farm teams[edit]

Syracuse Crunch[edit]

The Syracuse Crunch are the Blue Jackets American Hockey League affiliate for the sixth season.

Dayton Bombers[edit]

The Dayton Bombers of the ECHL are also entering their sixth season as an affiliate of the Blue Jackets.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162. 
  2. ^ "2005–2006 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Blue Jackets History - 2005 Events, bluejackets.nhl.com, accessed September 12, 2007
  4. ^ 2005–06 – L 226 (som vedtaget): Forslag til lov om indfødsrets meddelelse
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets Roster

Goaltenders:

30 – Denis 31 – Leclaire 35 – Prusek 

Defensemen

4 – Berard 5 – Pushor 6 – Hainsey 15 – Westcott 21 – Suchy 47 – Johnson 51 – Delmore 52 – Foote 55 – Tollefsen 97 – Klesla 

Forwards

9 – Vyborny 10 – Letowski 13 – Zherdev 17 – Brule 18 – Platt 19 – Picard 20 – Rupp 24 – Severson 25 – Chimera 27 – Malhotra 37 – Motzko 38 – Hrdina 39 – Goertzen 40 – Balastik 41 – Simon 42 – Hartigan 44 – Sarno 45 – Shelley 49 – Fritsche 50 – Lindstrom 61 – Nash 91 – Fedorov 

General ManagerDoug MacLean •  CoachGerard Gallant