Howson trades back, still lands John Moore
The Blue Jackets began the night with the 16th overall pick, General manager Howson then pulled a couple of trades to bounce up and down the draft board. First he took the 16th overall and thier 3rd round pick(77th overall) and sent it to the New York Islanders for the Isles second first round choice (26th overall), second round (37th), third round (62nd) and fourth round (92nd) picks. From there Howson then traded the 26th and 37th pick to the Anaheim Ducks to move up to 21st pick to grab defensemen John Moore.
It was quite a busy evening for Howson but it was well deserved. ”We are very excited to add John Moore to the organization. He is an outstanding skater that moves the puck well and he will add to the skill level on our back end.”
Eric Smith also reported that NHL Tweetup at the Draft party was also a great success. Blue Jacket officials were only expecting a mere 500 fans to show up. Well we proved them wrong, over 2000 strong showed up to watch Howson maneuver his way up and down the draft board.
Now this is what people have to say about our 21st selection.
NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee
“I watched John Moore as an underage player and I knew he was a must see player for this year; he hasn’t disappointed me one bit. His first two strides are like Paul Coffey and he has been labeled as a world-class skater. He is poised with the puck, he gets his shots through to the net and he has gotten a lot stronger this season. He resembles (Calgary Flames) defenseman Jordan Leopold and similar to Leopold at the same age he needs to get a little bit better at playing more aggressive and more physical, but John is going to be a one-two defenseman in the NHL.”
Bob McKenzie from TSN
“He’s an offensive defenceman whit lots of speed and has been compared to Mike Green. He’s 50-50 to join Colorado College or go to the OHL next season.”
Eric Smith from Hockeybuzz/FTC
“John Moore is the first American born player drafted in the 1st round by the Blue Jackets”
DOB: Nov 19, 1990
Hometown: CHICAGO, IL