Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 6/29/13
The Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the ‘feel good’ stories of this lockout-shortened National Hockey League (NHL) will be one of the most intriguing teams to watch at this Sunday’s NHL Entry Draft.  As a result of trading former ‘face of the franchise’ player, Rick Nash to the New York Rangers as well as trading the disgruntled Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings, along with a solid return given the circumstances, the Blue Jackets are armed with three (3) 1st Round draft picks, the 14th, 19th and 27th overall picks, respectively.  And given that it’s widely held by most personnel and scouting types as the best NHL Entry Draft since the landmark 2003 NHL Entry Draft, you would think that the Blue Jackets will reap a sizeable bounty by selecting all three draft picks. And that’s where I think you would be wrong. These Blue Jackets are no longer the reckless, ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ days of their inception nor are they the risk-averse management group who seemed content with ...
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