|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.|
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||1||at NYI||Oct 5||2|
|Assists||2||at Tor||Nov 25||2|
|Points||2||at Tor||Nov 25||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||3 times-last:at Bos||last:Nov 30||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||2 times-last:at Tor||last:Nov 25||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||at NYI||Oct 5||1|
|Assists||14||2 times-last: 2012-13 (CBJ)|
|Points||27||2 times-last: 2012-13 (CBJ)|
|Penalty Minutes||13||2010-11 (Pit)|
|Power Play Goals||4||2 times-last: 2011-12 (Pit/CBJ)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2012-13 (CBJ)|
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