Jake Bean Heading to Columbus
Before playing in the NHL, Jake Bean spent two seasons with the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina’s AHL affiliate team). In the 2018-19 season, Bean captured the Calder Cup with Charlotte. He recorded 13 goals, 31 assists, and 41 points in 70 games played. During the 15-game playoff run, Bean added one goal, four assists, and five points. Then, Bean posted some impressive numbers in his 2019-20 campaign. Bean scored 10 goals, 38 assists, and 48 points. That was good enough to suit up for two NHL games.
Jake Bean played 42 games in 2020-21. He recorded one goal, 11 assists, and 12 points. He posted some underwhelming analytics; with -1.4 OFF (offensive value), -2.8 DEF (defensive value), and -0.7 WAR (wins above replacement). His expected analytics consisted of -1.4 xOFF (expected offensive value), -0.4 xDEF (expected defensive value), and -0.2 xWAR (expected wins above replacement). All analytics are from Evolving Hockey’s Website. The 23-year-old defenceman was taken 13th overall back in the 2016 draft by Carolina. Prior to the 2020-21 season, Bean had only two games of NHL experience, a total of 44 career games played.
What This Means for the Future
Jake Bean is a very offensive-minded and shifty defenceman. While being gifted with a smart mind and puck poise, Bean is also very responsible in his own end. Carolina could’ve gotten a little more for Bean, as he only has played one full NHL season. The second-round selection (44th overall) was used to pick Aleksi Heiosalmi. Heiosalmi is a defenceman with a similar style of play to Jake Bean. He possesses smooth-skating along with the ability to defend with his stick.
As for Columbus, this bolsters their strong off-season. They were able to acquire Jakub Voracek from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Cam Atkinson. Also, they were able to trade Seth Jones for Adam Boqvist, another promising young defenceman. Included in that trade was the 12th overall selection. The Blue Jackets drafted Kent Johnson 5th overall and Cole Sillinger 12th overall. Overall, Columbus is building a strong defensive core of Zach Werenski, Adam Boqvist, Jake Bean, Vladislav Gavrikov, and Mikko Lehtonen.