Blue Jackets: Super sophs

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The key to the Jackets' first-ever playoff run was an outstanding rookie class. Here's a look at three players with high hopes for their second seasons - and Columbus' second postseason appearance.

Steve Mason

The rookie goaltender stepped in for an injured Pascal Leclaire and never looked back, starting 61 of the final 70 games on his way to winning the Calder Award as the league's top rookie.

Derick Brassard

Lest we forget, the Jackets also had the early-season favorite for the Calder in Brassard, who led all rookies in scoring before a December fight dislocated his shoulder and ended his season.

Jakub Voracek

More unsung than the other rookies, his contributions grew as the season wore on. This year, Voracek returned to the rink with added muscle and some truly kick-ass hockey hair.