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CBJ Draft Review/Meet the CBJ’s Second Round Pick Boone Jenner

Well the NHL draft is over and while the Blue Jackets lost one headache to trade they selected six prospects including three centers, a right wing, a defenseman and a goalie. This draft was a change of sorts for Scott Howson, before this year Howson hadn’t drafted a player under 6’1″ since the 2008 draft but drafted three yesterday two being under 6’0″. Howson did stick with a few things that have seemed to be constants in his draft history, in the fourth round he drafted a defenseman for the fourth straight year and drafted a goalie in the seventh for the second straight year. Another rare occurence is the drafting of two foreign players from European teams, these are only the fifth and sixth players Howson has drafted from teams across the pond. This is the first of six meet the new prospects like I did when the Jackets acquired Michael Chaput.

Blue Jackets Draft Picks
Round-Pick Player Position Team Drafted from
2-37 Boone Jenner C Oshawa(OHL)
3-66 Thomas Tynan C Notre Dame(CCHA)
4-98 Mike Reilly D Shattuck-St. Marys(USHS-MN)-Will play with Penticton(BCHL) next season
5-128 Seth Ambroz RW Omaha(USHL)-Will play at Minnesota(WCHA) next season
6-158 Lukas Sedlak C C.Budejovice Jr.
7-188 Anton Forsberg G Modo Jr.

2nd Round 37th Overall-Boone Jenner(Oshawa-OHL)

With the team’s first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft the Blue Jackets selected Oshawa Generals center Boone Jenner, Boone is the first General ever drafted by the Jackets. Jenner is a 6’1″-6’2″ (seen both on different sites) center who was described in the Hockey News Draft Guide as a “200 foot player who does well in all areas of the game. Jenner adds another strong at the faceoff dot center in the Blue Jacket’s prospect pool with Michael Chaput and Ryan Johansen (I asked a Portland writer about Johansen at the dot and he said that Johansen was considered one of the top three in the WHL’s Western Conference). He was third on the Generals in scoring with 66 points in 63 games ahead of Canucks first round pick Nicklas Jensen then adding 12 points in 10 playoff games. Hockeyprospect.com’s draft guide makes Jenner sound like a great combination of skill and grit; “Jenner is a physical player who can flat out be nasty at times and just be a pain to play against.” Also adding he will play for whoever drafts him (they say possibly this year but with all the centers we have I doubt it). 

The Jackets were more than ready to trade the 37th pick but when the 18th rank North American skater fell to them the team was more than happy to select him. As you can see from the picture above he was an assistant captain this year and when I asked a prospect writer, he described him as a real leader and as a kid who will go through a wall for his team. Jenner was the fourth overall selection in the 2009 OHL draft and finished second in both rookie scoring, and the OHL’s rookie of the year award that season. The farm boy from Dorchester who’s favorite chore is pitching in with the hay on his family cattle farm has 115 points in 128 career OHL games. Jenner most likely will return to Oshawa next season as the team’s number one center and could be the team’s captain with team captain Calvin De Haan probably turning pro.

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