Jack Roslovic: Trade Bait 2022

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Columbus native, Jack Roslovic has been a draw for the Columbus Blue Jackets, for better or worse the last two seasons with the Blue Jackets. He began his career in the AAA Ohio Blue Jackets with Ohioans Carson Meyer and Kole Sherwood. The local fans love the fact that Columbus has proven to be a Hockeytown, with locals in the NHL, AHL, and with veterans coming back to help out in leadership roles. He has been a net positive the first year here, but let’s discuss how he got here and what the impact has been so far.

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Jack Roslovic was in the United States National Development Team Program for 2 years, prior to being drafted 25th by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

After signing his first entry-level contract in July 2016, Jack would go into development in Manitoba where he would lead the Moose with 48 points in 65 games in the AHL. The beginning of his NHL career, began in Columbus, coincidentally in April of 2017. His first NHL outing, was not very successful resting in 1 shot-on goal.

He would, however, stay in Manitoba, until 2017-2018, wherein in December he would be recalled and in that time his first NHL goal wouldn’t come until January 2018.

His time in Winnipeg was spent primarily as a bottom-six winger, frustrated in Paul Maurice’s system playing as a winger on a team heavy in Center depth, he would end up requesting a trade.

Roslovic’s NHL career started slowly, with him filling the role of a bottom six winger. He grew frustrated with the inability to move up in the lineup or to play his desired position of center. He could not reach an agreement on a new contract with the Jets, so he stayed at home in Columbus for the start of the season

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By the end of his tenure in Winnipeg, dissatisfied he’d end up with a career-high 29 pts and would end up in a package deal for Pierre-Luc Dubois in the blockbuster trade that included Patrik Laine.

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in 2019-2020, he became an RFA and sat out training camp without a contract, and would be moved that January for a $3.8 million cap hit on a 2-year term.

Upon entry into the Tortorella system, he would hit a career-high 34 points and would be put on the first line role, with linemates Patrik Laine and Cam Atkinson.

His first season here was successful, he also averaged 17 minutes of Time On Ice in his first year under Tortorella.

After the end of the 2020-2021 season, major changes happened, John Tortorella retired to ESPN and our core was blown up and traded off for assets, that would end up becoming Cole Sillinger, Adam Boqvist, and Jake Bean. The shake-up, changed the fabric of the team, with Brad Larsen being promoted to head coach.

Roslovic, 24 hasn’t played poorly while centering the second line but hasn’t filled the scoresheet either. He hasn’t scored a goal off any of his first 11 shots of the season, has three assists as his lone points and his ice time has dropped more than three minutes per game. He’s been on the bench for all of the team’s 3-on-3 overtime periods.

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At the beginning of the year, with new draft picks being brought up Jack ended up on the 2nd line and Larsen ended up bringing out the blender, like Torts of old.

As any Columbus Blue Jacket fan, feel that frustration of the line blender from the Torts years, can’t imagine the frustration of a player trying to build chemistry, with their new linemates in the middle of a stressful game. I imagine has been an issue for Jack.

16 points in 35 games, is not even a half-a-point game pace, and even under Larsen’s shoot first system, I feel like there will be a center available that will stabilize the new core. I’m just not sure, Domi or Roslovic are who fit. If Rosie finds a new home, I hope he’s a fit and becomes the Center he says he is.

The promise of Jack Roslovic has been a great one, considering the fact his career was born out of love of the Blue Jackets, it’s unfortunate he is now on the trade block.

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