Much of the 2015-16 campaign has been forgettable for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but one of the lone bright spots has been the play of center Boone Jenner, who in his third season is emerging as a great depth-scoring threat for the team.
Jenner’s 30 goals this season are an impressive total for the third-year pro and his scoring touch has made him a fan favorite in Ohio, but what will endear him even more to the Blue Jackets faithful is his determination. Need an example? Look no further than the 22-year-old’s diving poke check assist in the penultimate game of Columbus’ season.
In the final minutes of the second frame Friday, Jenner was able to strip the puck from Sabres winger Johan Larsson deep in Buffalo territory but the puck skittered away towards the middle of the ice. With the puck seemingly out of reach, Sabres blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen was close to making a play on the puck to turn it up ice, but Jenner wasn’t about to let that happen. He dove towards the puck, reached out his stick and poked the puck towards Nick Foligno, who scored the game-winner:
The helped gives Jenner 49 points on the season, putting him 20 points clear of his previous career best in scoring and only one away from reaching the 50-point plateau for the first time in his career. Jenner has really found his game this season, and the hope in Columbus is this isn’t one of those seasons where the youngster is getting all the right bounces.