Blue Jackets’ Yegor Chinakhov development in second NHL season

Late in the second period of the Blue Jackets’ 3-1 win over Calgary on Friday, Jack Roslovic’s line was pinned in the defensive zone for more than 30 seconds while the Flames cycled the puck around.

Then Yegor Chinakhov won a puck battle along the boards and, as he spun around with the puck on his stick, fired a no-look pass out of the defensive zone and across the ice to a streaking Patrik Laine, leading to a two-on – one rush for Laine and Roslovic. Laine missed the net with his shot, but the sequence was emblematic of the step Chinakhov has taken in his second NHL season.

“Chinny quietly goes about his business,” coach Brad Larsen said. “He’s not as flashy, but the thing about him, he’s a very smart player. Positionally, he’s pretty sound. Nobody really talks about that.”

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