Name: Brandon Dubinsky, #17
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska
Age: 30, born 4/29/86
Height/Weight: 6 ft 2 in/ 216 lbs
What he has going for him:
Faceoff wins. On a team that has struggles in the circle, Dubinsky leads the team with a 52.6% win percentage for Jackets taking more than 150 faceoffs last season. He also lead the team in hits with 235, not bad for a center who almost matched his career high 54 points ending last year with 48. He is the emotional center of the Blue Jackets, wears his heart on his sleeve, and regularly sets the tone with his physical brand of play.
What he has going against him:
For every up their is a down, and while Dubinsky’s emotional playing style is mostly a positive – his penalties (71 PIM last year) at inopportune times were costly in more than a handful of close games. His -16 rating last year tied him with Jack Johnson for the worst +/- on the roster.
Prediction for this season:
Dubinsky is a big part of the core of this team and he has been integral on both the power play and penalty killing units. The Blue Jackets should improve in puck possession this year, especially coming out of our zone. I think this year Dubinsky could eclipse his career high in points if he is able to stay healthy.
’16-’17 Jackets Rant stat line prediction: Goals: 21, Assists: 34, Total Points: 55