Blue Jackets Draft Re-Cap

Blue Jackets Draft Re-Cap
Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Draft Re-Cap

The Blue Jackets didn’t add too much star power during the NHL draft but they acquired some solid young talent along with former Ohio State player and up-and-comer R.J. Umberger, who returns home after playing three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers.

By Eric Geier

R.J. Umberger

    On June 20th, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson announced that the Blue Jackets acquired R.J. Umberger, a center from Philadelphia who they hope will be a star when he is paired with the phenom Rick Nash.  The Jackets also acquired the 118th pick along with Umberger in exchange for the 19th and 67th overall picks.

    Umberger has appeared in 228 total games, all with the Flyers. He has registered 49 goals and 67 assists while racking up 78 penalty minutes. The Jackets are banking on Umberger as a player who is just reaching his prime. Just this past season he had 13 goals and 37 assists. The assists are what really count. The Jackets have lacked a set-up man for many years, and Umberger’s ability to find open passing lanes in scoring situations is just what the Blue Jackets need.

Nikita Filatov

    Nikita Filatov was the number one European prospect coming out of Russia with his incredible puck handling skills and flash-like speed (check the youtube clips).  In the World Junior Championships, Filatov led the Russian squad with nine points in seven games en route to the silver medal. Though many believe he can play in the NHL next season, his size is an issue. Filatov stands at five feet ten inches and weighs only 170 pounds. Filatov definitely needs to fill out some before he enters the league and has to face the likes of, oh say, Boston’s ZdenoChara, the beast of a man who stands nearly seven feet on skates.

The Rest of the Picks

No. 37 Cody Goloubef, D, University of Wisconsin (WCHA) - Goloubef, 18, was the youngest player in the WCHA last year and the second-youngest in Division I hockey. He was ranked No. 34 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

No. 107 Steven Delisle, D, Gatineau (QMJHL) - Delisle, who is ranked No. 171 among North American skaters, turns 18 on July 30 and just finished his rookie year in the QMJHL with six goals and 23 points in 70 games. He’s a hulking 6-foot-6 and 209 pounds.

No. 118 Drew Olson, D, Brainerd H.S. (Minnesota) - Olson is a 5-11, 215-pound defenseman who had 17 goals and 16 assists and was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award. He is headed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth next year.

No. 127 Matthew Calvert, LW, Brandon (WHL) - Calvert had 69 points in 78 games for the Wheat Kings as a rookie this past season.

No. 135 Tomas Kubalik, RW, Plzen (Czech) - Kubalik is a prospect out of the Czech Republic who played 20 games with Plzen last year and had one goal and two assists.

No. 137 Brent Regner, D, Vancouver (WHL) - Regner just finished his second season in Vancouver with eight goals and 39 assists in 72 games.

No. 157 Cameron Atkinson, RW, Avon Old Farms (USHS) - The 5-9 winger scored 26 goals and 63 points in 28 games for Avon Old Farms.

No. 187 Sean Collins, C, Waywayseecappo (MJHL) - Collins was an All-Star this past year in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He finished the season with 51 goals and 64 assists.

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