We are less than two weeks away from the hockey pool draft and the NHL's exhibition schedule kicked off on Sunday afternoon and we'll be back to countdown to the draft with a recap of some notable players.
Columbus and St. Louis opened up the preseason with a split-squad doubleheader and neither game was short on scoring. The Blues opened up with a 7-3 win against the Jackets in the afternoon, with 24-year old Kenny Agostino leading the way with 2 goals and 3 assists, Samuel Blais had a goal and 3 helpers of his own, while Kevin Shattenkirk and Robby Fabbri each had 3 points as well.
That wasn't all either. On the Jackets' side, Scott Hartnell and Sam Gagner both had good games, picking up 3 points a piece, getting their touch on early.
In the evening game, it was all Blues, as they shutout the Jackets, 5-0. Professional tryouts T.J. Galiardi and Eric Nystrom were among the players with a goal and an assist, trying to help their own cause out for new NHL contracts. 2016 2nd round draft pick, Jordan Kyrou, was the only other player to pick up a goal and an assist in the win, as he appears to be impressing in camp these days.
No goalies will be mentioned in these posts until they play some full games. Both games saw split time for both teams, as the tryouts are well on their way now.
On Monday, the preseason schedule gets into full gear with 12 games on the docket. This post will get a bit bigger, as we try and find those multi-point players in each game.