|Assets:||Is a smart offensive pivot with face-off skills and a lot of patience with the puck. Is also an accurate shooter with very good hockey sense. Can play both center and wing, as required.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have a lot of size and lacks a physical dimension to his game, which can often hurt him in defensive situations. Needs to be able to produce points at the highest level to survive.|
|Career Potential:||Versatile two-way forward.|
|4/02/2013||Signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a two-year contract extension.|
|12/03/2012||Signed with Almtuna IS (Sweden).|
|2/14/2012||Missed 17 games (broken right hand).|
|1/10/2012||Broken right hand, injured reserve.|
|1/07/2012||Broken right hand, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/08/2011||Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|3/29/2011||Missed 5 games (upper body injury).|
|3/20/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/26/2011||Missed 12 games (knee injury).|
|2/04/2011||Knee injury, injured reserve.|
|2/02/2011||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|1/18/2011||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract extension.|
|4/28/2010||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/15/2010||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/10/2010||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/08/2010||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/05/2010||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/02/2010||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|1/30/2010||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|12/08/2009||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|12/05/2009||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/17/2009||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/14/2009||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/31/2009||Missed 10 games (arthroscopic knee surgery).|
|10/31/2009||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/30/2009||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/01/2009||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/30/2009||Arthroscopic knee surgery, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/27/2009||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract.|
|9/19/2008||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/06/2007||Re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/16/2007||Re-assigned to Wheeling (ECHL).|
|9/16/2007||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/22/2007||Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract.|
|11/08/2011||Pittsburgh Penguins traded Mark Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.|
|3/22/2007||Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
Letestu's seen CBJ rise substantially | 05/07/2014 9:51 AM
NewsMark Letestu has seen the Blue Jackets grow substantially as a team since the Pittsburgh Penguins traded him to Columbus in 2011-12.
Impact"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.
Mark Letestu scores against former squad | 04/17/2014 9:35 AM
NewsMark Letestu found the back of the net in Columbus' 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round.
ImpactIt 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 looking forward to playoffs | 04/14/2014 8:01 AM
NewsMark Letestu is looking forward to playing against his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
ImpactWhile 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.
Mark Letestu finishes the season strong | 04/13/2014 6:37 AM
NewsMark Letestu scored a power play goal on Saturday.
ImpactLetestu 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 finds back of net Wednesday | 04/10/2014 9:45 AM
NewsMark Letestu scored a goal in Columbus' 3-1 win on Wednesday.
ImpactLetestu is now on a three-game point streak. He has 11 goals and 33 points in 80 games this season.
Mark Letestu has moved up to second line | 04/01/2014 9:35 AM
NewsMark Letestu was bumped up to the second line during Monday's practice.
ImpactLetestu 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.
Mark Letestu connects for 100th career point | 01/18/2014 9:37 AM
NewsMark 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.
ImpactLetestu has 45 goals and 55 assists in 229 games with Columbus and Pittsburgh.
Mark Letestu has four goals in five games | 01/14/2014 9:32 AM
NewsMark Letestu netted the game-winning goal in Columbus' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.
ImpactLetestu 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 scores twice on Saturday | 01/12/2014 7:25 AM
NewsMark Letestu scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 win over Winnipeg Saturday.
ImpactLetestu 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.
Mark Letestu finally finds the back of net | 01/05/2014 7:38 AM
NewsMark Letestu found the back of the net for the first time in 40 games on Saturday.
ImpactLetestu last scored in the second game of the season and it was his first even strength goal of the season. The winger now has two goals and 15 points in 42 games this season so his fantasy value is negligible at best.
Mark Letestu records two points Monday | 12/24/2013 9:23 AM
NewsMark Letestu had two assists on Monday.
ImpactLetestu has recorded at least a point in three of his last four contests. He now has a goal and 14 points in 37 games in 2013-14.
Mark Letestu goalless in last 27 games | 12/09/2013 8:55 AM
NewsMark Letestu has not found the back of the net in the last 27 games.
ImpactLetestu has scored only once this season and that was a power play marker on October 5. He has eight assists but is minus-five in 29 games.
Mark Letestu scores on the power play | 10/06/2013 7:53 AM
NewsMark Letestu's power play goal was his first of the season.
ImpactLetestu was playing fourth line minutes during five-on-five play but saw time on the first power play and his goal tied the game at two apiece and allowed the Blue Jackets to win it in the shootout. Letestu will see a lot of power play time but his lack of time when both teams are at full strength will cut into his fantasy value.
Mark Letestu goal ends 0-18 pp slump | 04/22/2013 6:57 AM
NewsMark Letestu's power play marker Sunday broke an 0-18 slump.
ImpactThe Blue Jackets went 10 games without a power play goal before Letestu's goal. The Blue Jackets are the surprise team of the NHL as most pundits thought they would finish 30th and last in the NHL but right now, with only a week left in the regular season they are sitting in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Mark Letestu shines in win over Sharks | 04/21/2013 10:41 PM
NewsMark Letestu scored two goals and added an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 4-3 win over San Jose on Sunday.
ImpactLetestu came up big when the team needed it most, as the victory keeps the Jackets in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Ryan Johansen and Vaclav Prospal also scored goals for Columbus in the win.
Mark Letestu: Blue Jackets built for the road | 04/13/2013 10:46 AM
NewsThe surging Columbus Blue Jackets, close to a playoff spot after an abysmal season last season, are 13-4-5 in their past 22 games and begin a road trip in Minnesota tonight and Colorado Monday.
Impact"I think we're built for the road," Jackets center Mark Letestu said, "and we're confident going in." Minnesota-Colorado is the start of six consecutive road games in nine days. The Jackets fly from the Rockies to southern California on Tuesday. They have a back-to-back with Anaheim and Los Angeles - combined home record: 31-10-1 - in the middle of the week. Then they hop on up to San Jose for a Sunday night game against the Sharks, who are 14-1-5 at home.
Mark Letestu inks two-year extension with CBJ | 04/02/2013 10:12 AM
NewsMark Letestu has agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactLetestu was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has nine goals and 20 points in 34 games this season. That's quite a step up from his 2011-12 campaign when he recorded 25 points in 62 contests, but if Letestu can continue to perform at his present level, then this contract will be a steal for the Blue Jackets.
Mark Letestu overwhelms Ducks Sunday | 03/31/2013 8:48 PM
NewsMark Letestu picked up a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 2-1 overtime victory over Anaheim Sunday.
ImpactIn addition to drawing an assist on Derick Brassard's first period marker, Letestu registered the overtime winner with just 1:15 remaining in the extra frame. With 20 points in 34 games. he is scoring at a career-best rate.
Report: Letestu, Jackets close to extension | 03/28/2013 4:27 PM
NewsMark Letestu and the Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly close to signing a multi-year extension, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactHe has seven goals and 16 points in 31 games this season. Letestu's current contract expires after this year.
Mark Letestu gets two points Tuesday | 03/20/2013 8:38 AM
NewsMark Letestu had a goal and an assist on Tuesday.
ImpactLetestu has quietly put together a solid season with seven goals and 16 points in 28 games. He's still a borderline player in standard leagues, but given how consistent he's been in 2013, we can see him maintaining this pace.
Scouting pays off for Luongo vs Letestu | 03/13/2013 9:46 AM
NewsVancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was ready for Mark Letestu during Tuesday's shootout.
ImpactLetestu was the Blue Jackets last shooter and failed to beat Luongo with the game on the line. However, Luongo had prepared for Letestu in advance. "I was happy to see Letestu," Luongo said. "I was especially happy that he made his move that I had scouted. For once it worked, and I was able to get right on top of him when he went to the forehand." Letestu still got a goal against Luongo in regulation time.
Mark Letestu scores sixth in 2-1 SO loss | 03/12/2013 10:10 PM
NewsMark Letestu scored Columbus' only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Vancouver Tuesday.
ImpactHis sixth goal of the year was assisted by Derick Brassard and Vaclav Prospal. The Blue Jackets couldn't get a goal in the shootout to extend their win streak, but they have gone 5-0-1 in their past six.
Mark Letestu back at center for Blue Jackets | 02/19/2013 8:54 AM
NewsMark Letestu lined up at center on Monday.
ImpactLetestu has been playing the wing but with the injuries to Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, he was placed back in the middle. Letestu has five goals and eight points in 14 games and could be in your lineup in the deepest of fantasy pools.
Mark Letestu centers third line at practice | 02/06/2013 2:55 PM
NewsMark Letestu moved up to the third line, between Matt Calvert and Vinny Prospal, at practice on Wednesday.
ImpactRyan Johansen was sent down to the minors, which caused the move. Letestu has three goals and one assist in eight games this season.
Mark Letestu a healthy scratch again | 01/22/2013 9:19 AM
NewsMark Letestu was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
ImpactHis spot on the third line was once again taken by Ryan Johansen. "I think I can still play the top (two lines) here," Letestu said. "There is depth. The (Nash) trade brings in more. But in a short season like this, you're going to need contributions from all 23 guys. I know my chance is going to come." If Letestu is currently on your roster, reserve him for now.
|Goals||2||at Wpg||Jan 11||2|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:at Car||last:Dec 23||2|
|Points||2||5 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Apr 6||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||10 times-last:at Dal||last:Apr 9||2|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Fla||Mar 1||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||5 times-last:at Fla||last:Apr 12||1|
|Power Play Points||1||11 times-last:at Fla||last:Apr 12||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||at Wpg||Jan 11||1|
|Shorthanded Points||1||3 times-last:at Mtl||last:Mar 20||1|
|Shots||6||at NJ||Dec 27||5|
|Penalty Minutes||20||2013-14 (CBJ)|
|Power Play Goals||5||2013-14 (CBJ)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2012-13 (CBJ)|
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