A look towards the Draft – Ryan Ellis
After a great regular season, which found the Columbus Blue Jackets in the playoffs for the first time ever, they enter the offseason with a positive outlook. This offseason will be different, no long will this team be choosing in the top 10. No longer will this franchise be known as “The only team not to make the playoffs”. The Jackets are a great young up and coming team mixed with savvy veterans. Soon enough Captian Rick Nash will find himself surrounded with strong offensive talent. Brassard, Filatov and Voracek are the real deal and are all close to contributing on a regular basis in the NHL.
The Blue Jackets will find themselves at the 16th position (latest 1st round selection in franchise history). With all the talent on the rise upfront and Mason between the pipes for years to come, I believe the Jackets will be looking to the blueline. Right away I think Ryan Ellis.
Ellis coming off a Memorial Cup victory and a Gold Medal performance at the World Juniors. Plain and simple, this kid knows how to win and is the type of player you want within your organization. Despite being considered slightly undersized at 5-10 173lbs he certianly did not look out of place while playing for Canada or on route to winning the Memorial Cup. If GM Scott Howson has to trade up to grab Ryan then so be it, he is going to be an elite powerplay specialist for years to come and will provide more then enough offense from the backend.
2008-09 Stats: 57 GP, 22 G, 89 PTS
International Scouting Services: No. 13,
Central Scouting Bureau:No. 16 (North America)