2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets season

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2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets
Division 8th Metropolitan
Conference 15th Eastern
2015–16 record 34–40–8
Home record 18–17–6
Road record 16–23–2
Goals for 219
Goals against 252
Team information
General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen
Coach Todd Richards (Oct. 9–Oct. 21)
John Tortorella (Oct. 21–Apr. 10)
Captain Nick Foligno
Alternate captains Brandon Dubinsky
Boone Jenner
Arena Nationwide Arena
Minor league affiliate(s) Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Team leaders
Goals Brandon Saad (31)
Assists Alexander Wennberg (32)
Points Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad (53)
Penalties in minutes Scott Hartnell (112)
Plus/minus Kevin Connauton (+10)
Wins Joonas Korpisalo (16)
Goals against average Joonas Korpisalo (2.60)

The 2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the 16th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997. Columbus hired head coach John Tortorella following the firing of Todd Richards, who started the season 0–8–0.[1] The team began its regular season games on October 9, 2015 against the New York Rangers.[2]

Regular season[edit]

After a seven game losing streak to start the season, the Blue Jackets fired head coach Todd Richards and hired John Tortorella on October 21.[3]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 56 18 8 52 252 193 +59 120
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 48 26 8 44 245 203 +42 104
3 x – New York Rangers 82 46 27 9 43 236 217 +19 101
4 x – New York Islanders 82 45 27 10 40 232 216 +16 100
5 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 27 14 38 214 218 −4 96
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 31 16 33 198 226 −28 86
7 New Jersey Devils 82 38 36 8 36 184 208 −24 84
8 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 40 8 28 219 252 −33 76
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 56 18 8 52 252 193 +59 120
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 48 26 8 44 245 203 +42 104
3 x – New York Rangers 82 46 27 9 43 236 217 +19 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Florida Panthers 82 47 26 9 40 239 203 +36 103
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 31 5 43 227 201 +26 97
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 41 30 11 39 211 224 −13 93
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – New York Islanders 82 45 27 10 40 232 216 +16 100
2 ME x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 27 14 38 214 218 −4 96
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 42 31 9 38 240 230 +10 93
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 31 16 33 198 226 −28 86
5 AT Ottawa Senators 82 38 35 9 32 236 247 −11 85
6 ME New Jersey Devils 82 38 36 8 36 184 208 −24 84
7 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 38 38 6 33 221 236 −15 82
8 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 35 36 11 33 201 222 −21 81
9 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 40 8 28 219 252 −33 76
10 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 29 42 11 23 198 246 −48 69
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2015–16 game log[2]

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

Final stats[5]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular season[5]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Sergei Bobrovsky 37 37 2,116 15 19 1 97 2.75 1049 .908 1 0 2 2
Joonas Korpisalo 31 30 1,803 16 11 4 78 2.60 969 .920 0 0 0 2
Curtis McElhinney 18 12 835 2 7 3 46 3.31 417 .890 0 0 1 0
Anton Forsberg 4 3 178 1 3 0 9 3.03 97 .907 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blue Jackets. Statistics reflect time with the Blue Jackets only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Statistics reflect time with the Blue Jackets only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Roster[edit]

Suspensions/fines[edit]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Brandon Dubinsky Cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby during NHL game No. 337 in Columbus on Friday, November 27, 2015, at 18:40 of the second period. 1 game $31,451.61 November 28, 2015[6]

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Blue Jackets have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
Ref
June 26, 2015 To Toronto Maple Leafs
TOR's 2nd-round pick in 2015
PHI's 3rd-round pick in 2015
To Columbus Blue Jackets
TBL's 1st-round pick in 2015
[9]
June 30, 2015 To Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov
Marko Dano
Jeremy Morin
Corey Tropp
4th-round pick in 2016
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad
Michael Paliotta
Alex Broadhurst
[10]
January 6, 2016 To Nashville Predators
Ryan Johansen
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones
[11]

Draft picks[edit]

Below are the Columbus Blue Jackets' selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 8 Zach Werenski D  United States Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)
1 29[a] Gabriel Carlsson D  Sweden Linkopings HC (SHL)
2 38 Paul Bittner LW  United States Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2 58[b] Kevin Stenlund C  Sweden HV71 J20 (J20 SuperElit)
3 69 Keegan Kolesar RW  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
5 129 Sam Ruopp D  Canada Prince George Cougars (WHL)
5 141[c] Veeti Vainio D  Finland Espoo Blues Jr. (Finland Jr.)
6 159 Vladislav Gavrikov D  Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
7 189 Markus Nutivaara D  Finland Oulun Kärpät (Finland)
Draft notes[46]
  • a The Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a trade on June 26, 2015 that sent Toronto's second-round pick in 2015 (34th overall) and Philadelphia's third-round pick in 2015 (68th overall) to Toronto in exchange for this pick.[47]
    Toronto previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 26, 2015 that sent Nashville's first-round pick in 2015 (24th overall) to Philadelphia in exchange for Chicago's second-round pick in 2015 (61st overall) and this pick.[47]
    Philadelphia previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay in exchange for Radko Gudas, a third-round pick in 2015 and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[48] The condition – Philadelphia will receive the Lightning's first-round draft pick in 2015 if it is not the first overall selection – was converted on March 30, 2015 when Tampa Bay qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs ensuring that this pick could not be a lottery selection.[49]
  • b The Anaheim Ducks' second-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent James Wisniewski and Detroit's third-round pick in 2015 to Anaheim in exchange for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and this pick.[50]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of a trade on June 27, 2015 that sent a fourth-round pick in 2015 (104th overall) and a sixth-round pick in 2016 to Philadelphia in exchange for this pick.[51]
    Philadelphia previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 23, 2014 that sent Scott Hartnell to Columbus in exchange for R.J. Umberger and this pick.[52]
  • c The Minnesota Wild's fifth-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Jordan Leopold to Minnesota in exchange for Justin Falk and this pick.[53]

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