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By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
Earlier this week the Columbus Blue Jackets made headlines when it was announced that the Islanders offered their entire draft to move up two spots. From the outside looking in, it might seem like a no-brainer to take on all of those picks, but could it really be that simple? GM Scott Howson apparently could not justify it, as he proceeded to take the player he had been eyeing all along – Ryan Murray.
As an organization, Columbus has had more than their fair share of hurdles in the attempt to become an elite franchise. Just one short year ago, the Blue Jackets opted to give up their first round selection in favor of proven talent. In the process, they lost a highly valued winger in Jakub Voracek and cringed when their pick turned out to be Sean Couturier, who now dons a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. But at the time, it was all worth it. They were able to bring in another elite household name by way of Jeff Carter, fi...