Columbus Blue Jackets showing that they’re coming ready to Return to Play

Tonight we have a post-game report from a game that doesn’t feature the Leafs, or any Toronto team at all! This must be a first.
The Blue Jackets began their Return to Play after the COVID-19 break in this 2019-20 NHL season, playing against the Boston Bruins. Since our beloved Leafs will begin a playoff series against those Blue Jackets, it seemed to be worth covering what went on in that game.
The Leafs themselves made it clear that they would be watching for their own interests, which of course makes a ton of sense.

Tyson Barrie says the Leafs will be watching Jackets – Bruins tonight to scout Columbus, but “our coaches, they’ll hammer us with all the video we can handle”. Teams haven’t played each other since October.
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) July 30, 2020

This game was the first competitive action for Oliver Bjorkstrand and Seth Jones, after they’re both returning from knee injuries. Both look strong and healthy as expected. Josh Anderson, one of the better young names in this Jackets organization, was not playing due to recovering from shoulder surgery. It’s unlikely that he will return during the …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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