COLUMBUS, OHIO -- With the Jackets on a severe downswing in the NEFHL standings, GM Eric and his management team have started looking towards the future.

Columbus boasts a number of quality young players that will be expected to carry the team offensively in the coming years. At the centre position, big things will be expected of Dave Bolland (24), who despite having a slow start to the NHL season appears to now be back in form. Another key centre will be Frans Nielsen (26), the New York Islanders phenom who has taken the hockey world by surprise with his outstanding 2-way play. Nielsen is currently on pace for 36 assists and should retain his high DF rating next year.

At left wing, Michael Grabner (23), Lars Eller (21) and Linus Omark (23) are offensively gifted players that the Jackets will be relying in the scoring department. Grabner should be able to reach the 20-goal mark this year, whereas Omark's offensive potential will finally be uncovered this week as he will play his first NHL game. As for Eller, the young Dane has been making headlines in Montreal due to his strong play of late on his team's third line.

Finally, the Jackets have two high profile youngsters on the right wing in T.J. Oshie (24) and Magnus Paajarvi (19). Although Oshie is currently injured in the NHL, his start to the season has solidified him as a top young forward in the league (10 points in 13 games). Paajarvi, too, is making considerable headway and has recorded a point in each of his last 4 games.

All in all, the future is bright in Columbus and the team's current losing streak was to be expected.

-- BJ Express