2010 NHL Entry Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets draft preview

Here’s an interesting team headed into the draft. The Blue Jackets’
biggest need is for a first-line center and scoring talent up forward,
while also needing some new talent in net. It would be nice if the Blue
Jackets can get instant help, picking this high in the draft, and there
are certainly players in the first round who fit that bill. Yet Columbus
is picking 4th, and many believe the best option at that spot is going
to be on defense. The Blue Jackets are deep on the blue line, but could
use a puck-moving defenseman; unless Cam Fowler slips to #4, there’s a
good chance this pick is traded away.

2010 draft picks:

Round 1 – 4th
Round 2 – 34th
Round 2 – 55th
Round 4 – 94th
Round
4 – 102nd
Round 5 – 124th
Round 6 – 154th
Round 7 – 184th

Top prospects (per Hockey’s
Future)
:

1. Nikita Filatov, LW
2. John Moore, D
3. Cody Goloubef, D
4.
Maksim Mayorov, LW
5. Matt Calvert, LW
6. Kevin Lynch, C
7.
Brent Regner, D
8. David Savard, D
9. Kevin Lalande, G
10. Dan
LaCosta, G

PHT’s mock draft results:

4 – Eric
Gudbranson – D – Kingston (OHL)

Thank you Tyler
Myers. His emergence as a top defenseman in the NHL as a large, solid
blueliner has considerably raised Gudbranson’s stock. The defenseman out
of the OHL is said to be the very next Chris Pronger, although
hopefully without the bad attitude. He’s already a large fellow (6-4,
195) but at 18 years old is likely not going to make the jump to the NHL
right away.

What the blogs are saying:

The
Cannon:

1st Round (4th Overall): D Cam Fowler- Windsor Spitfires OHL

We’ve discussed Fowler here at The Cannon many times. The lack of
defense in Fowler’s game at this point isn’t a much of a concern, given
his high level of offensive talent. I mean, Mike Green was a Norris nominee so obviously
being a fourth forward on the ice isn’t all bad?

2nd Round (34th Overall): C Ryan Martindale- Ottawa 67’s OHL

Martindale is a guy who if he ever fills out his frame, has the
potential to be a power center. There have been knocks on his work
ethic, but coaching can remedy that very quickly. He’s a playmaker, a
pass-first center who will pile up the assists.

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    Leafs pass Bruins for third in Atlantic after gutsy win against Columbus

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    It wasn’t pretty – especially if you’re disgusted by that Roman Polak hit – but the Toronto Maple Leafs keep generating big wins as a playoff return looks increasingly likely.

    Toronto managed a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, passing the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division:

    Maple Leafs: 83 points in 72 games
    Bruins: 82 points in 73 games

    This leaves the currently in-action New York Islanders four points behind the Bruins for the final wild card in the East.

    The Maple Leafs aren’t just grabbing key points; they’re doing so against some strong opponents who’ve had plenty on the line, too. They beat a Metro contender in Columbus tonight, the Bruins on Monday, grabbed an OT point against Chicago on Saturday and handled the desperate Lightning last Thursday.

    This game was all about William Nylander‘s brilliant start:

    And also Toronto surviving a long penalty kill after that Polak hit:

    Nazem Kadri‘s 30th goal really put the game out of reach, helping Toronto nab a significant victory.

    The Blue Jackets can wallow in this defeat and Oliver Bjorkstrand‘s injury, either, as they turn around to face the Washington Capitals in a big one tomorrow.

    Tortorella was irate after Roman Polak boarded Oliver Bjorkstrand

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    John Tortorella was left enraged after Roman Polak delivered a dangerous boarding hit on Oliver Bjorkstrand, and he probably wasn’t too pleased after the Columbus Blue Jackets failed to make Toronto pay for Polak’s misdeeds.

    Polak received a game misconduct and boarding major for the hit, but the Blue Jackets failed to score on a lengthy power play. Tortorella played to script, as cameras caught him expressing his anger at the situation.

    First, take a look at the hit:

    Next, behold Tortorella’s anger:

    Again, Columbus couldn’t capitalize on its opportunities, so that didn’t make things any better.

    Right now, the Maple Leafs lead the Blue Jackets 3-2. If Toronto ends up winning, this will stand as one of the game’s pivotal moments.

    It’s far from the only exciting moment, however, with these goals and big hits also standing out.

    Video: Josh Ho-Sang’s creativity gives Islanders a shot in the arm

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    Honestly, after 10 games, the question shouldn’t be “can Josh Ho-Sang stick with the Islanders full-time?” Instead, the feeling is … what took so long for him to get this chance?

    For all the grumbling about Ho-Sang sporting number 66, he’s provided serious bursts of brilliance and creativity for the Islanders, whether he’s been supporting or even setting up John Tavares.

    The video above is some really good stuff, as it walks through his confident comments – and undeniable uncertainty – during the night he was drafted, all the way through him getting his chance with the Isles this season. Some of the best stuff comes from Doug Weight, who raves that Ho-Sang is a “five out of five” from an offensive standpoint.

    Leafs’ Nylander puts on show with breakaway goal, assist on Matthews’ 33rd

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    This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)

    On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.

    William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.

    Hnnngmgghh indeed.

    That goal could end up being key as the Blue Jackets quickly scored to start the second period, shrinking Toronto’s lead to 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Update: OK, so Nylander’s really stealing the show. This is stupendous.