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What Can The Blue Jackets Expect At #16?

Since the Blue Jackets have never picked outside the top 10, I was wondering what kind of players are selected at the #16 slot of the first round. Here is the list:

2008

BOS

Joe Colborne

6′ 5″

190

AJHL

CAMROSE

C


2007

MIN

Colton Gillies

6′ 4″

189

WHL

SASKATOON

C


2006

SJS

Ty Wishart

6′ 4″

205

WHL

PRINCE GEORGE

D


2005

ATL

Alex Bourret

5′ 10″

205

QMJHL

LEWISTON

RW


2004

NYI

Petteri Nokelainen

6′ 1″

191

FIN

SAIPA

C/W


2003

SJS

Steve Bernier

6′ 2″

225

QMJHL

MONCTON

RW


2002

OTT

Jakub Klepis

6′ 1″

198

WHL

PORTLAND

C


2001

VAN

R.J. Umberger

6′ 2″

215

CCHA

OHIO STATE

C


2000

MTL

Marcel Hossa

6′ 3″

220

PORTLAND

C


1999

CAR

David Tanabe

6′ 1″

212

NCAA

U. of Wisconsin

D


1998

MTL

Eric Chouinard

6′ 3″

215

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts

C


1997

CHI

Ty Jones

6′ 3″

218

WHL

Spokane Chiefs

R


1996

TBL

Mario Larocque

6′ 4″

202

QMJHL

Hull Olympiques

D


1995

BUF

Martin Biron

6′ 3″

180

QMJHL

Beauport Harfangs

G


1994

TOR

Eric Fichaud

5′ 11″

171

QMJHL

Chicoutimi Sagueneens

G


1993

EDM

Nick Stajduhar

6′ 2″

194

OHL

London Knights

D


1992

BOS

Dimitri Kvartalnov

5′ 10″

183

IHL

San Diego Gulls

L


1991

PIT

Markus Naslund

6′ 0″

191

SEL

Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik

L


1990

CHI

Karl Dykhuis

6′ 3″

214

QMJHL

Hull Olympiques

D


1989

PIT

Jamie Heward

6′ 2″

215

WHL

Regina Pats

D

As you can see, the #16 selection has not been kind for the last 20 years. Marcus Naslund is by far the best of the bunch with R.J. Umberger and Martin Biron being the other players that have made impact in the NHL. It’s early for some like Colborne, Gillies and Wishart but what history has shown, Blue Jacket fans shouldn’t expect a difference maker at 16. Now this draft is very deep with the influx of Swedes that are very good, so CBJ fans can cross their collective fingers that history will take a break this year or that the 16th selection is due.

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Eric Smith

JacketsBuzz@yahoo.com

One Comment

  1. SumOil

    June 18, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Hi Eric, I am regular follower of your Blog at the Hockeybuzz. I really like the insights you provide. Frankly, it is reading your blogs and the fact that Brassard, Filatov and Voracek rank high on my prospect watch list that I became a fan of CBJ last off-season and me being a fan has nothing to do with them making play-offs.

    I think in recent drafts, many impact players are found even in the later stages. It is usually upon the scouting staff to find that gem. Of course #16 has not been that great historically, however there definitely have been good talents taken later.
    2007-2002:
    2007
    John Blum 23..Backlund 24..Perron 26 > Colton Gillies 16
    2006
    C Stewart 18..Giroux 22..Varlamov 23..Berglund 24> Wishart 16(so far)
    2005
    Parent 18, Kindl 19, Rask 21, Oshie 24 > Bourret
    2004
    Zajac 20, Wolski 21 Green 29 > Nokelainen
    2003
    Parise 17, Getzlaf 19, Kesler 23, Richards 24 > bernier
    2002
    Grebeshkov 18, ward 25> klepis

    I will like to point towards St louis, which has drafted in top 10 and bottom 10 from 2005 to 2007 and has found stars in each. I am sure CBJ scouting is still improving, and is not really good yet. As apart from Mason and Russel, there arent many late round impact players either on the roster or in the prospect pool. I think that is one region where CBJ has to improve.

    As far as your blog in Hockeybuzz is concerned. CBJ should not take a flier on Krieder. If by chance Kulikov falls to 16th Howson should jump on him as a rat on cheese. If not, John Moore would be great. CBJ should not go for Ellis, if they plan to keep Russel. Ellis is going to be extremely good down the line, I do not think a team should have more than one undersized D-man. I actually like Ellis. Seen him play, he is amazing. He is a risk and like Kreider CBJ should pass on him. Also whoever they take, NO RUSHING.

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