New Jackets GM Blake MacPherson had a big decision to make after being appointed. Would he try to keep Columbus competitve like they were last year? Or would he be cautious and keep building up this team through the draft? After his recemt moves it seems he has chosen to do the former and try to bring Columbus a title. 

"Columbus is a franchise that hasn't seen a ton of success it seems, with the only notable thing that has been won by them being a division championship. We figurd the fans of Columbus are hungry for success and we want to build off of last years confernce finals run and keep the good times rolling", said GM MacPherson. The Jackets had a solid core when he took over, already having a star player in Kucherov and had a solid supporting cast of Rakell, Teravainen, Gourde, Armia, Niskanen and Steen. Whilw not flashy at all it was an overall decent group. But the Jackets newly appointed GM knew they needed more.

The first trade to help the core out significantly was acuring Jeff Petry for TJ Brodie and the Jacket's 3rd round pick in the 2019 draft. With Petry the Blue Jacket's have a sold top pairing with Niskanen and Petry patroling their blueline. Petry looks to be an important cog everywhere for Columbus as he's their deadliest shot from the point. Overall Petry is going to have to be the leader for the Jackets d-core.

The second trade was a big one, trading Colin White, Tyler Madden and their 1st round pick in the 2020 draft for Elias Lindholm. Lindholm gives the Jackets a better 1C than Teravainen and gives Kucherov a high caliber linemate to work with. While Lindholm is no Sidney Crosby he's still a dangerous player. With his two-way ability as well Lindholm looks to be the perfect mold of player to have for Kucherov's center. 

While the Jackets are far from the best team in the league at the moment, there have been rumors of the Jackets acquiring another skilled forward to help lessen Kucherov's burden even more. With Columbus having a nice bit of cap space to work with as well they could be a major player in ufa. One thing is for certain, the Jackets look to have the potential of being a very dangerous team come next season.