Category Archives: Draft

Jackets lose again

The draft lottery has never been lucky for this team, and that streak is not broken — CBJ will pick in the #4 spot in June.

This has arguably been one of this franchise’s biggest shortfalls — that they’ve been bad pretty consistently, but not bad enough to get some extra balls in the lottery and come up with a top pick. Aside from picking Nash in 2002 (and trading up from #3 to do it), they’ve consistently had picks in the #4-8 range, thus not being able to pick players like Ovechkin, Doughty, Toews, etc. One can argue that the players they did pick weren’t necessarily the best choices, or that the team’s development system has consistently failed to turn raw but talented prospects into quality NHLers. And I wouldn’t disagree with that. But looking at some of the teams that did get those #1 or #2 picks over the past few years, and the players they got, and the way those franchises turned around…yeah, it burns.

Although if Cam Fowler falls into the CBJ’s laps, I may be willing to forgive and forget…

Jackets 2009 Draft

They finally went out and drafted the first round offensive defenseman I’ve been clamoring for — John Moore from the USHL’s Chicago Steel. He’s committed to Colorado College to start in the fall, although there’s been a lot of talk he will go to the OHL instead. In any event, I wouldn’t expect to see him in a CBJ uniform in the short to medium-term future.

Jackets went defense-heavy in the rest of the draft, picking three d-men, along with a center and a RW. Bios of all the picks here.

Prospect camp goes next week. Looking forward to getting down there on my lunch breaks to see some hockey and distract myself from the awfulness of the state budget.

Plan B

No big shock here: the sin tax for Nationwide Arena plan is likely dead in the water, and now the politicians and the Jackets owners are looking for a “Plan B.”

I did re-read High Stakes this weekend, as I said I would. It didn’t really give a lot of new insight into this situation, except maybe raising the question that the Dispatch is exploring today — was Lamar Hunt right all along?

In happier news, the Hockey News draft preview is out. Picked it up last night at the Kroger at Chambers and Northwest. Looks like Ryan Ellis might be right in the Jackets’ sweet spot…some might be a little reluctant to pick another undersized defenseman after watching the continuing process of Kris Russell becoming an NHL player, but this kid did look quite good for Windsor in the Memorial Cup.

I’m also told there are some hockey games still being played somewhere. Anyone else hear this crazy rumor?

All the picks

Presenting the Columbus Blue Jackets 2008 Draft Class:

#6: Nikita Filatov, F

#37: Cody Goloubef, D

#107: Steven Delisle, D

#118: Drew Olson, D

#127: Matt Calvert, LW

#135: Tomas Kubalik, RW

#137: Brent Regner, D

#157: Cameron Atkinson, RW

#187: Sean Collins, LW

Jackets’ second round pick

Cody Goloubef, defenseman from University of Wisconsin.

The remaining draft rounds are being broadcast on the NHL Network, if it’s of interest to you. I’m headed out to run errands but will check in later on the rest of the CBJ picks.

It’s the end of the world as we know it

And the usual suspects don’t feel fine. I’m certainly not doing jumps for joy about how draft day one worked out for the Jackets — it was far less than my ideal. But there’s still lots of summer yet; we’re not even to July 1. Hell, we’re not even to the second round of the draft. I’m refraining from jumping off any buildings yet.

Draft Night Liveblog

(9:25PM) — All quiet on the Jackets’ front. I’m thinking we’ll see nothing else from Howson until tomorrow. I’m calling it a night on blogging.

(8:55PM) — Er, I just spent 20 minutes reading the posts about the Jackets on a puckbunny site. I have no idea what is going on with the draft at the moment, and my IQ has dropped 30 points since my last update.

(8:38PM) — Firefox crash took my liveblog down temporarily. Admittedly, now that Columbus has made one pick and traded the other, I’m losing interest here…

(8:24PM) — Isles trade down again, Nashville moves into the #7 spot and takes Colin Wilson. Carey Wilson looks old, and that makes me feel old, as I had a schoolgirl crush on Carey Wilson when I first started watching hockey.

(8:13PM) — Jackets pick Nikita Filatov with the #6. Dunno how I feel about that yet, as once again I was hoping for a defenseman to be the #1 pick. The TSN guys seem pretty confident that Filatov was the proverbial “best player available” at #6, but as always, “the Russian factor” creates question marks. We’ll see…we’ll see…a little underwhelmed thus far by the Jackets’ moves tonight.

(8:09PM) — Jackets make a trade! #19 and #67 to Philly for R.J. Umberger and a 4th. Not a terrible deal…not the answer…guess this means they will use the #6.

(8:03PM) — Toronto does take Schenn. Dangit. Seven drafts in a row Columbus misses out on top ranked blueliners…but now the excitement really begins, Jacket fans.

(7:54PM) — It appears Toronto has vaulted over Columbus, trading #7 for #5 so they can pick Luke Schenn. He was my second choice dream pick for the Jackets, so if this is the case, I’m pulling for SH to make a trade with the #6.

(7:49PM) — JD tugs at the heartstrings sending out wishes to the victims of the flooding in Missouri and Iowa, and then the Blues pick Alex Pietrangelo. Isles are next and then it’s Columbus’ turn at #6.

(7:40PM) — My dreams of seeing Zach Bogosian in a Jackets’ uniform are dashed by the Atlanta Thrashers.

(7:29PM) — Doughty to LA.

(7:25PM) — Tampa kicks off the festivities, picking Steve Stamkos #1 overall. No big surprise there.

(7:18PM) — Cross Jokinen off the list of potential centers for Columbus — he’s gone to Phoenix for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton, and a pick.

(7:07PM) — Calgary is busy; Alex Tanguay to the Habs for a pick.

(7:05PM) — Coverage starts with a trade: not the Jackets, though. Calgary gets Mike Cammalleri, picks go to Anaheim and LA.

(6:10PM) — About an hour from the start of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. No news out of the Jackets’ camp yet. I’ll liveblog here once the draft is underway.