Columbus Signs Michael Chaput

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed their final restricted free agent on Thursday when they locked in center Michael Chaput to a one-year, two-way contract.

Chaput played 33 games for the Blues Jackets last season, scoring one goal and four assists. A lot of his time was the result of the crazy number of injuries the Blue Jackets suffered last season.

He’s played 50 NHL games in his career, spread over the last two seasons, scoring a single goal and five assists in that time.

His possession over the last two seasons hasn’t been great, posting a score-adjusted CF%Rel of -10.8% last season and a -13.1% the season before, through a very small sample size.

Outside of bringing in another defenseman, the Blue Jackets have the core of their roster set for next season, and some are high on their chance next season. Less injuries, it’s not hard to see them as a playoff team next season.

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