Owners Fantasy Draft
The Players are not going to be the only ones with a lot at stake when Blue Jackets training camp begins September 13, but the owners will as well.
On Tuesday night at a private function in Nationwide Arena, majority owner John P. McConnell and minority owners Ron Pizzuti, Jay Crane, and John F. Wolfe held a fantasy hockey draft in which they each drafted a 16-player team from the Blue Jacket’s training camp roster.
Each team was required to select three centers, seven wingers, and six defensemen. Goaltenders were not drafted but instead will be assigned to a team on a daily basis.
When asked for the motives behind the fantasy draft, Jacket’s head coach and brainchild of the draft Ken Hitchcock cited unequal opportunities in previous year’s camps, and an opportunity for players to meet owners as main reasons.
The rosters for each team were released, but the draft order and order in which players were selected was not. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the teams, broken down by forwards and defensemen, are as follows:
The teams will play a four-team playoff in which the winners of the first game advance to the championship match while the losers battle it out for third place.
The matchups are as follows:
September 13, 10:30 am
Team McConnell vs. Team Crane
September 13, 2 pm
Team Wolfe vs. Team Pizzuti
September 14, 10:30 am
Third Place Game
September 14, 2 pm
“It’s going to be good,” Hitchcock said. “It’ll be fun, and we’ll get a good evaluation.”
We know that it was a snake style draft in which the order reverses after each round. With that being said, we can only assume that Team Wolfe had the first selection since he has Rick Nash listed on his roster. Other than that though, the rest of it is pretty unclear.
I’ll let you decided who has the best team,
Leave a comment with your pick and reasons why.