After obtaining star forwards Patrick Laine and Johnny Gaudreau the Blue Jackets appeared poised to take a huge advance this season however have actually stumbled out of eviction and being in the NHL’s basement after the very first lots video games.
Columbus has actually been developing through the draft with 5 first-round choices in the previous 2 drafts and in spite of having numerous potential customers finish such as Cole Sillinger and Yegor Chinakov, the possibility swimming pool is flush with possible
The NHL lineup as pointed out is anchored by Gaudreau and Laine and with a core constructed around Zach Werenski, Jakub Voracek, Boone Jenner, Jack Roslovic and Elvis Merzlinkins in objective. The core is young enough that to wind up with a lotto choice for the 2023 draft would not be the worst thing and the group might include a franchise gamer at center if things break well at the lottery game.
Columbus has actually been doing a fantastic task of searching, preparing, and establishing gamers and the future there is intense.
1. Kent Johnson, LW/C – Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Drafted: 2021 round one, 5th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
Johnson will finish from possibility eligibility by Christmas however for now, he still certifies. Johnson has super star capacity. He is a poster kid for the fancy top-level ability and emphasize reel plays the NHL is accepting. He will score Michigan objectives and get fans out of their seats.
Johnson is flush with offending abilities and playmaking capability and in time he need to settle in perfectly as a center with one or both of Laine and Gaudreau on his flanks. For now, the novice is getting quality NHL time as he gets used to professional hockey and exercises a few of the kinks and warts in his video game.
2. David Jiricek, RD – Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Drafted: 2022 round one, 6th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
With the huge right-shot protector, the Jackets have a vibrant duo with Jiricek and Werenski poised to anchor the defense for the foreseeable future. Jiricek might not need much advancement time prior to he is a top-pairing NHL protector. He made his NHL launching currently playing 2 video games prior to being appointed to the AHL for some advancement.
Jiricek has franchise protector capacity, he has size and strength at 18. He skates extremely well, has a heavy point shot, can run a power play, has excellent hockey sense and works safeguarding too. Give him a year of getting used to North American hockey and culture and he might be an effect gamer.
3. Denton Mateychuk, LD – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Drafted: 2022 round one, 12th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets 2nd choice in the preliminary of the 2022 draft was the vibrant offending protector from Winnipeg. Mateychuk sometimes plays like a rover as he is all over the ice, leading the rush, pinching in from the point, or sneaking into the slot off the point. He is a hound for the puck, however not a puck hog as he meals to colleagues with severe efficiency.
His dogged pursuit of the puck can draw him out of position sometimes and he requires to be mindful of that however not reel it in excessive as it is likewise what makes him efficient. Mateychuk will play this year and next in the WHL prior to he turns professional and might require some AHL time too. His benefit is amazing as he can be a vibrant offending defenseman in the mold of a Cale Makar or Quinn Hughes.
4. Kirill Marchenko, RW/LW – Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 round 2, 49th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
The experienced offensive Russian has actually pertained to North America after 3 seasons in the KHL. Marchenko has actually started the front door of the AHL with 14 points through the very first 12 video games. The 6-3 winger will be well skilled after a year in the AHL getting used to North America and might break out to be a Calder prospect next season.
5. Stanislav Svozil, LD – Regina Pats (WHL)
Drafted: 2021 round 3, 69th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets third-round choice in 2021 concerned North America for his D+1 year to play in the WHL with the Regina Pats. His offending video game transitioned wonderfully as he published 10 objectives and 41 points through 59 video games.
He has actually gone back to the Pats once again for another year in the dub where the Jackets hope he can improve a few of his protective imperfections. Svozil will likewise require some AHL spices next year however he has top-four future benefit within the Jackets company.
6. Jordan Dumais, RW – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Drafted: 2022 round 3, 96th general by Columbus Blue Jackets.
Dumais scored an eye-popping 109 points in his draft year however was not picked up until the 3rd round of the draft. His skating is extremely slammed and he does not have size. There is no rejecting his offending ability and vision.
In his D+1 season, he is torching the QMJHL to the tune of 40 points through the very first 17 video games, well over 2 points per video game. Plenty of gamers who “couldn’t skate” made it to the NHL and made effects. Luc Robitaille and Jason Robertson dive to mind. If Dumais can enhance his skating to even NHL typical, the Jackets might have a draft take.
7. Corson Ceulemans, RD – University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
Drafted: 2021 round one, 25th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
Ceulemans is an offending defenseman that is really unsafe offensively leading or signing up with the rush. His skating is strong, and the right-shot protector has excellent size and strength too.
Drafted out of the AJHL with the Brooks Bandits where he was restricted to simply 8 video games, he made some sound at the U18 with Canada scoring 8 points in 6 video games. His freshman season in the NCAA was remarkable with 22 points and he goes back to the Badgers for his sophomore season. He might be all set for professional hockey following the academic year.
8. Nick Blankenburg, RD – Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Drafted: Free Agent signed by Columbus Blue Jackets in 2022
The Michigan Wolverines Captain was undrafted however was a crucial gamer on the All-Star NCAA lineup as a senior. His offending benefit might be restricted, however it is not irrelevant. He checks out plays well, disperses the puck, and gets shots through from the point.s
Since he signed with Columbus, he has actually bet Team U.S.A. at the World Championship, 7 NHL video games, and made the Jackets to begin his novice season. Injuries have actually been an issue early and offered the hits and obstructs he acquire, that might be a routine occupational threat moving forward.
9. Liam Foudy, C/RW – Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Drafted: 2018 round one, 18th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets first-round choice from 2018 requirements to develop himself as a full-time NHL gamer. The Speed satanic force has actually played in between the NHL and AHL with 35 points in 41 AHL video games. Through his very first 30 profession NHL video games played he is still searching for his very first profession NHL objective.
10. Luca Del Bel Belluz, C – Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Drafted: 2022 round 2, 44th general by Columbus Blue Jackets
After his sophomore OHL season was eliminated by COVID, Del Bel Belluz climbed the draft rankings by scoring 76 points in 68 video games when the OHL returned. Back with the Steelheads for his D+1 season and last year in the OHL he is off to a hot start with 21 points after 14 video games. Next year he will make the dive to the AHL.