Mark Letestu C CLS 5 Days

Letestu scored a goal and added a power play assist in Thursday's 5-4 preseason win over the Blues.

The Blue Jackets' initial depth chart had Letestu centering the fourth line, but with Ryan Johansen (contract dispute) and Nathan Horton (back) both out indefinitely the versatile Letestu could get a shot at a better line placement to begin the season. His fantasy ceiling would still be limited, but he's proven in the past he can have some value in deeper leagues, so he could be worth an early waiver wire grab if he winds up with a plum assignment.

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Mark Letestu has seen the Blue Jackets grow substantially as a team since the Pittsburgh Penguins traded him to Columbus in 2011-12.

"When I first got here (from Pittsburgh) it was more about the opportunity to play," Letestu said. "But this feels just as good, being a part of building something, being a part of taking this team to new heights that maybe the organization and the city hasn't seen yet. There's pride now in being a Blue Jacket, building it from the bottom and being a part of it. Now there's an excitement going into the off-season about where we can go and where we can get to. That's something that's pretty special right now. We still finished 15th. It's not like we won a ton of games and set the league on fire. But I don't think there will be any sneaking up on teams now. People have taken notice, and that's a good thing. That's something earned. That's something you want." 2014-15 will definitely be a big campaign for the Blue Jackets. This franchise has endured plenty of hardships and the last thing they want to do is squander the forward momentum they've managed to build.

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Mark Letestu found the back of the net in Columbus' 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round.

It was Letestu's first goal in 12 career playoff games. He started his career with Pittsburgh, but was traded to Columbus in November 2011.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 Months

Mark Letestu is looking forward to playing against his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

While the Blue Jackets were likely hoping to meet the Rangers in the opening round, Letestu is happy it's the Penguins and hopes the team will play them like the Philadelphia Flyers do. "The Flyers are in their face and in their space all the time," Letestu said. "They frustrate them into bad penalties, then go score on the power play. It seems like that's the way to beat them. I don't think there's been any letup by us. I don't think anybody's been intimidated by their skill or the players they have. You see the way our guys go... the guys like Matty Calvert, they'll show you right away that there's no awe." The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets in all five games this season but the playoffs are a different beast and it should be close.

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Mark Letestu scored a power play goal on Saturday.

Letestu finished the season on a four game point streak as he potted his 12th of the season. He has 12 goals and 34 points this season.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 Months

Mark Letestu scored a goal in Columbus' 3-1 win on Wednesday.

Letestu is now on a three-game point streak. He has 11 goals and 33 points in 80 games this season.

Mark Letestu C CLS 6 Months

Mark Letestu was bumped up to the second line during Monday's practice.

Letestu is getting that opportunity because Nathan Horton is sidelined with a lower-body injury. Letestu has eight goals and 28 points in 74 contests this season.

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Mark Letestu's power-play goal in the Columbus Blue Jackets' win over Washington Friday night was his fourth goal in three games and the 100th point of his career.

Letestu has 45 goals and 55 assists in 229 games with Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Mark Letestu C CLS 9 Months

Mark Letestu netted the game-winning goal in Columbus' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.

Letestu had just one goal in his first 41 games this season, but he's caught fire lately with four markers in his last five contests. He still has just 19 points in 47 games this season and we don't expect him to have much fantasy value in standard leagues going forward.

Mark Letestu C CLS 9 Months

Mark Letestu scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 win over Winnipeg Saturday.

Letestu now has three goals in his past four games after going 40 games without tickling the twine. He has 18 points in 45 games including four in his last four, so the bottom-six forward is on a roll. His first goal Saturday was shorthanded.