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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, But every franchise has reason to hope for next year, right? Let’s find some silver linings.
If lottery math holds, the Blue Jackets will win the No. 1 draft pick and the right to select Nail Yakupov, a dynamic winger with an exuberant personality. ‘Yak’ will even have a support system not too far away, as agent Igor Larionov and his Russian-speaking family live in Michigan.
Another year of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. And if the team wants to prevent goals as well as creating them at an abundant clip, they just need two more NHL-caliber defensemen capable of playing 20 minutes a night via trade or free agency.
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