COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The verdict is in: the Jackets are for real.

The Columbus Blue Jackets lead the NEFHL in every meaningful category: Wins (13), Points (26), Goal Differential (+24), Home Record (8-2-0), Last 10 (9-1-0), Goals Against Average (1.73), Handsome Players (43)... the list goes on. So what's the secret to the Jackets success? Well, that's a secret.

And while the NEFHL Jackets are dominating in their own league, the individual Jackets players are putting up great numbers in real life. "As it stands, we have 12 players on pace for a 60SC+ rating next season, with 4 of those being defensemen. T.J. Brodie and Damon Severson in particular are having unbelieveable starts to their season, with Brodie on pace for 90SC, 86PA, and quite possibly the first 100EN because of all the minutes he's eating. Severson, the Devils rookie, is currently looking at a 96SC rating if he keeps this up", said Jackets GM-Eric.

As for forwards, a pair of Lightning players are leading the pack for the Jackets. Russian phenom Nikita Kucherov got off to a slow start but is now nearly a point-per-game player with 13 points in 15 games while playing around 12 minutes per game. And Ondrej Palat, the newly crowned alternate captain for the Lightning, is proving that last year's totals were no fluke. "The Drej" has a respectable 10 points in his first 15 games.

Like last season, the Jackets look poised to keep an abundance of NHL-rated goalies in the fold. Ben Bishop (TAM), Jaroslav Halak (NYI) and Darcy Kuemper (MIN) all appear to have solidified their starter positions for their clubs, and backup Justin Peters (WSH) has played more games than expected at this point.

Lastly, prospect Jesper Fast (NYR) has been recalled by the big club and is expected to suit up for the Rangers as early as Tuesday night.

-- BJ Express