The Blue Jackets and GM Scott Howson were tempted to deal down, but they opted to bolster their blue line for the future by selecting Ryan Murray out of the Western Hockey League.
Murray was rated the top defenseman in a deep draft for blue liners, and after dominating during his WHL career with the Everett Silvertips, he’ll join a Columbus organization in search of good things to finally happen.
If Murray is able to make the Blue Jackets next season — and many draft-watchers think he’s ready to make the jump — he’ll team up with Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski to give Columbus a potentially formidable blue line.
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat