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Columbus Blue Jackets Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been an NHL franchise since 2000, and even though the team has mostly struggled, they are a force in the league now and have one playoff appearance (2008-09) under their belt. They also boast one of the league’s stars in Rick Nash. Here is a short list of the Blue Jackets’ all-time scoring leaders to date:
Rick Nash (222)—Left wing Rick Nash has played his entire career so far in Columbus, since 2002. It’s hard to believe as I write this in 2010 that Nash is still only 25 years old, but he entered the league at the age of 18. Nash leads the Blue Jackets in goals all-time with 222, and he scored a career high 41 goals in 2003-04, which also led the NHL. But Nash’s best season to date was probably 2008-09, when he scored 40 goals with 39 assists for a career best 79 total points.
David Vyborny (113)—Right wing David Vyborny played his entire brief career in the NHL with Columbus, from 2000 to 2008. Vyborny ranks second in franchise history with 113 goals in a Blue Jackets uniform, and his best season was arguably 2005-06. That year, Vyborny scored a career high 22 goals, adding 43 assists for 65 total points (also a career best). Vyborny is currently playing professionally in his native Czechoslovakia.
Geoff Sanderson (88)—Left Wing Geoff Sanderson played for the Blue Jackets briefly, from 2000 to 2004, but in that short time racked up 88 goals, which ranks him third in team history. Sanderson had his best overall season with the Hartford Whalers in 1992-93 (89 total points), but his best season as a Blue Jacket wasn’t bad at all. That was in 2002-03, when Sanderson scored 34 goals with 33 assists for 67 points.
Nikolai Zherdev (76)—Winger Nikolai Zherdev played for Columbus from 2003 to 2008, and he ranks fourth in Blue Jackets’ history with 76 goals. Zherdev scored a career best 27 goals with the Blue Jackets in 2005-06, but his best overall season was 2007-08, when he scored 26 goals with 35 assists for a career high 61 total points. Zherdev is currently playing professionally in Russia.Jason Chimera (62)—Left wing Jason Chimera played for the Blue Jackets from 2005 until he was traded during the 2009-10 season. Chimera ranks fifth in franchise history with 62 goals, and he had a career high 17 goals with Columbus in 2005-06. But Chimera’s best season overall was probably 2006-07, when he had 15 goals with career highs in assists (21) and total points (36).