Boone Jenner
Boone Jenner
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Columbus Blue Jackets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A Swiss army knife of a player, Jenner has settled into a reliable spot on the Columbus roster over the last three seasons, bouncing between a checking line and secondary scoring assignments and producing double-digit goals and 30-plus points while playing a gritty two-way game. He wasn't as physical as usual in 2018-19, falling well short of fifth career 200-hit campaign, but nagging injuries may have played a role in that decline, and he looked 100 percent during the playoffs, laying 32 hits in only 10 postseason games. The 26-year-old may need to ramp up that physicality this season. The club's offseason losses in free agency significantly reduces the roster's offensive skill level, and a return to a more grinding style of play could be the result -- a style right in Jenner's wheelhouse. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $15 million contract with the Blue Jackets in July of 2018.
Collects assist
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
March 24, 2019
Jenner posted an assist in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Canucks.
Jenner is up to 36 points in 70 games this season, the fourth straight year he's eclipsed 30 points. In 10 March appearances, he has four goals and two helpers, showing off his steady production that has made him a decent addition in deeper leagues. Jenner also has 147 hits on the year, but will likely fall shy of a fifth 200-hit season this time.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
If any player is emblematic of the current Blue Jackets roster and philosophy, it's Jenner. The physical forward plays with heart and grit and can line up in nearly any role while getting the most out of his skills, but he also has a limited offensive ceiling and his 30-goal eruption a few years ago looks increasingly like an aberration. The 25-year-old signed a four-year extension in the offseason that could keep him in Columbus through 2021-22, and while he did have an impressive finish to his campaign last season (eight goals and 19 points in his final 28 games, a 55-point pace), he's not likely to keep that up over a full 82-game schedule even if he does see significant ice time in the top six.
The feisty forward wasn't able to duplicate his breakout 30-goal performance from 2015-16, but in large part that was due to the development of the players around him rather than a big regression in his own play. While not a natural scorer, the 24-year-old is strong on the puck and his max-effort style and high compete level in all three zones fit in very well on a team that has developed an identity as a relentless opponent. As the organization’s young snipers, such as Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano, continue their development and push for top-six spots, Jenner could eventually find himself sliding down to the third line, where his grit and two-way play would be right at home.
Jenner was one of the few players to step up for the Blue Jackets in a lost season. The 23-year-old had his best year yet with 30 goals and 49 points, establishing himself as one of the team's building blocks for the future by playing an abrasive, two-way game that endeared him to coach John Tortorella. While he flipped between left wing and center during the year and his 53.1 percent faceoff win rate led the team, Tortorella preferred using him on the wing despite the team's lack of depth up the middle following the Ryan Johansen trade. Jenner will likely remain primarily on the wing in 2016-17, but given his excellent chemistry with Brandon Dubinsky, the duo should anchor the Jackets' top line, providing Jenner with plenty of opportunity to repeat or even top last year's numbers.
Jenner's sophomore campaign was a bit of a dud, as hand and back injuries knocked him out for huge chunks of time, limiting him to just 31 games. The good news is that he was skating top-line minutes before the back injury ate up three months of his season; the bad news is that he didn't enjoy that sort of ice time upon returning for the final 11 games of the year, and the Jackets signed Brandon Saad in the offseason to ride shotgun on the first line with Ryan Johansen. Still, Jenner should slot in as the second-line left wing, and see plenty of power-play time en route to a hike in offensive production. Fantasy owners in specialty formats will appreciate that Jenner complements that production with plenty of hits, too.
By just about any measure, Jenner's rookie season was a successful one. After a slow start, he scored 14 goals and 26 points over his final 55 games with a plus-12 rating, adding three goals and five points in the Blue Jackets' first-round playoff loss to the Penguins. Jenner's 212 hits on the season led all rookies, and he finished the year firmly entrenched among the Jackets' top-six forwards, seeing plenty of ice time alongside Ryan Johansen. A sophomore slump is always possible, and he doesn't have a huge offensive ceiling, but as his body and his game mature, Jenner figures to be yet another Columbus forward who plays hard in every zone and can contribute in a variety of fantasy categories.
Jenner ended his junior career with a bang, scoring 45 goals and 82 points in 56 games for Oshawa (OHL) before a late-season AHL stint in which he looked right at home. He's a coach's dream, playing a fierce two-way style and backing down from no one, and after a standout preseason he seems ready to settle into the Blue Jackets' lineup. Jenner's lack of elite offensive skills could limit him to a third-line role, but he's arguably the best faceoff man in the world outside of the NHL and that skill alone could land him plenty of man-advantage ice time once he establishes himself. He won't be a fantasy stud, but he will be a fan favorite.
Boone is a two-way center prospect that wrapped up his OHL career with 22 goals and 49 points in 43 games. He will now try to prove in the AHL that he can be more than just a checking line player in the pros after his tenure with Oshawa.
Jenner was a point-a-game player last season in the OHL, but it was his leadership, character and work ethic that made the Blue Jackets trade up to grab him in the draft when he slipped out of the first round. It's a good fit from an organizational perspective as he'll have no better role model for his style of play, and no better comp for his possible ceiling, than R.J. Umberger.
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Collects first career hat trick
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
March 13, 2019
Jenner scored three goals in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Bruins.
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Back in action Tuesday
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
March 12, 2019
Jenner (illness) will lace up the skates Tuesday against the Bruins, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
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Ruled out Monday
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
March 11, 2019
Jenner (illness) will not be in the lineup against the Islanders on Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Misses morning skate with illness
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March 11, 2019
Jenner missed Monday's morning skate due to an illness, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Breaks scoreless drought
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
March 10, 2019
Jenner scored a goal and fired three shots on net in Saturday's win over the Penguins.
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