29 June 2015

Post draft recap

Well the entry draft is come and gone. Not really many surprises at least on the Jackets side of things. That's not to say there weren't any. The biggest of all being that we were able to get Zach Werenski, D. University of Michigan, and Gabriel Carlsson, D, Linkoping (SWEDEN) both in the first round. The Jackets went for the power defenders with great puck handling. I'd say expect to see Werenski don the coveted blue sweater in no less than two years (provided he doesn't finish out at Michigan). Carlsson should be down in Columbus in a year if he plays well in Cleveland.

Round two showed us the Jackets are still preparing for the future selecting left winger Paul Bittner, Portland Winterhawks. Center Kevin Stenlund from HV71 in Sweden was the fifty-eighth pick. With some preparation these two could see some serious ice time early, or be a very valuable trade commodity.

Round three the Jackets went with Keegan Kolesar a right winger out of Seattle. This evens out our future forwards with another valuable future right winger or trade option. Kolesar will do very well in a program like Cleveland where he can really grow into a well rounded player.

Rounds five through eight were all defenders. Showing that the Jackets are concerned with their defense and getting numbers up to give Bob a little support so he doesn't have to make forty plus saves a night.

All in all I was pretty satisfied with the selections and am excited to see how they perform in the preseason. 

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