COLUMBUS, OH – Ok, tell me if you’ve heard this before: The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the clock. Yep, for the third time in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a first round selection. This time around Columbus has the pick thanks to the Jeff Carter deal last season. The Blue Jackets could have used this pick last season but decided to use it this season instead.
Earlier in our mock draft the Blue Jackets selected high scoring forward Anthony Mantha and defenseman Shea Theadore. Where will the Jackets go next? Let’s find out shall we?
If they go for a winger Adam Erne is still on the board and is getting a lot of pub and I don’t see him fall out of the first round. If they go for a d-man Chris Bigras is still out there and is the highest rated prospect left on the board. He will also be a first rounder by the end of the night.
If they go Euro LW Andre Burakovsky and defenseman Linus Arnesson are out there but my gut feeling is they will stay in North America for this pick. It would be a tough call between Bigras and Erne.
The Jackets have a solid group of defensive prospects on the blueline led by Ryan Murray and Tim Erixson. Columbus could continue to add left wingers which are a weakness in the system. This is again another tough call for the Jackets to make. The Ducks would love Erne but Bigras looks too good to pass up.
“With the 26th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets select, from the Owen Sound Attack of the of the Ontario Hockey league, defenseman Chris Bigras.”
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