34 games into the season that Jackets have an 18-11-5-0 record and are currently 4th place in the eastern conference. The Jackets have shown to be a squad that teams can't sleep on as when they are on their game they are hard to beat. The problem thus far with the Jackets though is they have been too inconsistent to be higher up in the standings. One game they are smacking the Florida Panthers, the first place team in the east, 5-0 and the next game they lose to Ottawa, the last place team in the east, 3-1. If the Jackets could string a couple of good games together they could be in a more comfortable spot than they are currentley at.

Leading the charge for the Jackets this year is Nikita Kucherov with 18 goals and 29 assists in 34 games for a total of 47 points. He's been kinda carrying the Jackets considering the next highest scorer on their team has 14 less points. In order for the Jackets to reach the next level someone has got to step up and be more of a help to Kucherov. Rumor has it the Jackets have been looking into the trade market to add some extra firepower up front but nothing has materialized yet. Even with the lack of another star player for Kucherov th Jackets still have the 10th best GF/G in the league. Their GF/G could be much better if their powerplay wasn't hot garbage as it currently has a succession rate of 12.5% which is the 4th worst in the league.

Even with the many questions that surrond the forward group that is built around Kucherov the Jackets have been pretty good. Over the course of the season the Jackets have built an identity as a stingy team and one of the toughest in the league to score on as they have the 2nd best GA/G in the league and the 7th best penalty killing unit in the league. If the Jackets get more firepower up front via trade this team could be one of the best in the league, only time will tell though if the Jackets can accomplish this.