2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets season

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2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets
Division 5th Central
Conference 15th Western
2001–02 record 22–47–8–5
Home record 14–18–5–4
Road record 8–29–3–1
Goals for 164
Goals against 255
Team information
General Manager Doug MacLean
Coach Dave King
Captain Lyle Odelein (Oct-Mar)
Vacant (Mar-Apr)
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 18,136
Team leaders
Goals Ray Whitney (21)
Assists Ray Whitney (40)
Points Ray Whitney (61)
Penalties in minutes Jody Shelley (206)
Wins Ron Tugnutt (12)
Goals against average Ron Tugnutt (2.85)

The 2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the Blue Jackets' second season in the National Hockey League (NHL), as the team was coming off a 28–39–9–6 record in their expansion season, earning 71 points and missing the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Regular season[edit]

Columbus would get off to a poor start, winning only one out of 13 games to open the season and falling to last place in the Western Conference. While the Blue Jackets would play better as the season progressed, they were far off from playoff qualification and would eventually trade team captain Lyle Odelein to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek at the trade deadline. Columbus would finish the season with a 22–47–8–5 record, earning 57 points, which was 14 fewer points than in their previous season, and 37 points behind the Vancouver Canucks for the eighth final playoff spot in the West. Columbus would score an NHL-low 164 goals, and their 255 goals against was the highest total in the Western Conference, third-highest in the NHL. The 57 points the Jackets earned was the second fewest in the League, only ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers, who finished with 54.

Ray Whitney would lead Columbus offensively, scoring a team-high 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, which broke the team record for points in a season. Mike Sillinger would be the only other Blue Jacket to score 20 goals, scoring 20 and adding 23 assists for 43 points. Deron Quint led the Jackets defense, earning 25 points, while Rostislav Klesla scored eight goals and earned 16 points in his first full season in the League. Jody Shelley had a team-high and club-record 206 penalty minutes in only 52 games.

In goal, Ron Tugnutt and Marc Denis would split time, with Tugnutt winning a team-high 12 games and posting a team-best 2.85 goals against average (GAA).

Tragedy struck at Nationwide Arena during a game on March 16, 2002, against the Calgary Flames, when a shot by Jackets forward Espen Knutsen was deflected off the stick of Flames defenceman Derek Morris and sailed into the stands, hitting 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil in the head. Cecil would pass away on March 18 due to the injury.

The Blue Jackets would finish the season 30th in the League in scoring, with 164 goals for, and would be shut out an NHL-high 11 times.[1][2]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 51 17 10 4 251 187 116
2 4 St. Louis Blues 82 43 27 8 4 227 188 98
3 5 Chicago Blackhawks 82 41 27 13 1 216 207 96
4 14 Nashville Predators 82 28 41 13 0 196 230 69
5 15 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 22 47 8 5 164 255 57

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 – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 51 17 10 4 251 187 116
2 y – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
3 y – San Jose Sharks PAC 82 44 27 8 3 248 199 99
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 43 27 8 4 227 188 98
5 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 41 27 13 1 216 207 96
6 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 40 27 9 6 228 210 95
7 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 40 27 11 4 214 190 95
8 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
10 Dallas Stars PAC 82 36 28 13 5 215 213 90
11 Calgary Flames NW 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73
13 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 29 42 8 3 175 198 69
14 Nashville Predators CEN 82 28 41 13 0 196 230 69
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CEN 82 22 47 8 5 164 255 57

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Blue Jackets did not qualify for the 2002 playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Whitney, RayRay Whitney LW 67 21 40 61 12 -22 6 0 3
Sillinger, MikeMike Sillinger C 80 20 23 43 54 -35 8 0 5
Knutsen, EspenEspen Knutsen C 77 11 31 42 47 -28 5 2 1
Marshall, GrantGrant Marshall RW 81 15 18 33 86 -20 6 0 4
Vyborny, DavidDavid Vyborny RW 75 13 18 31 6 -14 6 0 2
Quint, DeronDeron Quint D 75 7 18 25 26 -34 3 0 1
Wright, TylerTyler Wright C 77 13 11 24 100 -40 4 0 1
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 42 11 5 16 12 -15 5 0 2
Aubin, SergeSerge Aubin LW 71 8 8 16 32 -20 1 0 1
Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla D 75 8 8 16 74 -6 1 0 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 65 2 14 16 89 -28 0 0 0
Kron, RobertRobert Kron LW 59 4 11 15 4 -14 1 0 0
Harkins, BrettBrett Harkins LW 25 2 12 14 8 -5 2 0 0
Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen RW 59 5 8 13 62 -6 0 0 0
Timander, MattiasMattias Timander D 78 4 7 11 44 -34 1 0 0
Sloan, BlakeBlake Sloan RW 60 2 7 9 46 -18 0 0 0
Grand-Pierre, Jean-LucJean-Luc Grand-Pierre D 81 2 6 8 90 -28 0 0 0
Shelley, JodyJody Shelley LW 52 3 3 6 206 1 0 0 0
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 60 1 5 6 34 -15 0 0 0
Pushor, JamieJamie Pushor D 61 0 6 6 54 -10 0 0 0
Nielsen, ChrisChris Nielsen RW 23 2 3 5 4 -3 0 0 1
Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek D 14 2 3 5 24 -9 1 1 1
Pronger, SeanSean Pronger C 26 3 1 4 4 -4 0 0 0
Davidson, MattMatt Davidson RW 17 1 2 3 10 -11 0 0 0
Heward, JamieJamie Heward D 28 1 2 3 7 -9 0 0 0
Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche LW 14 1 1 2 6 -5 0 0 0
Nedorost, AndrejAndrej Nedorost LW 7 0 2 2 2 -3 0 0 0
Spanhel, MartinMartin Spanhel LW 4 1 0 1 2 -2 0 0 0
Walser, DerrickDerrick Walser D 2 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Bellefeuille, BlakeBlake Bellefeuille C 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Denis, MarcMarc Denis G 42 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 44 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Allison, JamieJamie Allison D 7 0 0 0 28 -4 0 0 0
Labbe, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Labbe G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ling, DavidDavid Ling RW 5 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0
Moran, BradBrad Moran C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Westcott, DuvieDuvie Westcott D 4 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 2502 44 12 27 3 119 2.85 2 1195 1076 .900
Denis, MarcMarc Denis 2335 42 9 24 5 121 3.11 1 1197 1076 .899
Labbe, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Labbe 117 3 1 1 0 6 3.08 0 68 62 .912
Team: 4954 82 22 52 8 246 2.98 3 2460 2214 .900

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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]

Columubus' draft picks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 8 Pascal Leclaire  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
2 38 Tim Jackman  United States Minnesota State University, Mankato (WCHA)
2 53 Kiel McLeod  Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
3 85 Aaron Johnson  Canada Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
3 87 Per Mars  Sweden Brynas IF (Sweden)
5 141 Cole Jarrett  Canada Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
6 173 Justin Aikins  Canada Langley Hornets (BCHL)
6 187 Artem Vostrikov  Russia Lada Togliatti-2 (Russia)
7 204 Raffaele Sannitz   Switzerland HC Lugano (Switzerland)
8 236 Ryan Bowness  Canada Brampton Battalion (OHL)
8 242 Andrew Murray  Canada Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)
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