The Columbus Blue Jackets determined to hit the reset and start a rebuild, transferring on from names like Nick Foligno, Seth Jones, and David Savard. In return, they added a number of 2021 first-round picks which have replenished a depleted prospect pool.
The core of the roster is constructed round Patrick Laine, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Boone Jenner, and Zach Werenski. The roster additionally boasts a number of key younger future items in Jake Bean, Adam Boqvist, and Alexander Texier. The constructing blocks are in place, however the group will probably return to the draft podium in Montreal within the prime ten on the 2022 Draft in Montreal.
- Kent Johnson, C – College of Michigan (NCAA)
Drafted: 2021 spherical one, fifth total by Columbus Blue Jackets
With the addition of one of many Michigan massive three in Johnson, the Blue Jackets purchase a real celebrity, a possible game-breaking, offensively dynamic heart. His freshman and draft season with the Wolverines noticed the B.C. native publish 9 objectives and 27 factors in 26 video games. Regardless of his upside, he was a Workforce Canada WJC omission. Maybe a political casualty for not enjoying within the CHL the place the Everett Silvertips personal his rights.
Johnson has super fingers and puck abilities – he can curl and drag with the most effective of them. He has glorious offensive instincts and playmaking abilities, in addition to a harmful and correct shot. He’s artistic and daring, trying strikes that elevate followers out of their seats corresponding to a between the legs shot or a Michigan aim. Johnson will return to Michigan the place he can work on his power and hit the burden room whereas he helps the Wolverine in the direction of a Frozen 4 Championship run.
- Cole Sillinger, C – Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Drafted: 2021 spherical one 12th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
The son of former NHL journeyman Mike Sillinger, whose profession span 18 seasons and 12 totally different groups together with 155 video games with the Blue Jackets. Cole was born in Columbus whereas his dad was a participant there. He had a monster rookie season within the WHL with 22 objectives and 53 factors in 48 video games with the Medication Hat Tigers. His draft 12 months was spent within the USHL because of the pandemic and had 24 objectives and 46 factors in 31 video games with the Sioux Falls Stampede.
It’s an unconventional path, however these are unusual instances. Much more unpredictable is Sillinger finds himself on the Blue Jackets roster as an 18-year-old rookie in his D+1 season.
One of many prime snipers from his draft class, Sillinger is a high-volume shooter that performs a strong defensive sport. His skating shouldn’t be a legal responsibility, and his all-around sport is satisfactory or higher. Sillinger might not play past the nine-game threshold this season. If he’s despatched down for extra enjoying time and a shot at a WJC roster, will probably be to the WHL the place he would completely dominate.
- Liam Foudy, C/RW – Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 spherical one, 18th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
Foudy is on the cusp of graduating after having performed in 24 NHL regular-season video games in the course of the pandemic. The pace demon has additionally appeared in 16 AHL video games the place he has over some extent per sport offense with 18 factors. Foudy has additionally gained expertise on the worldwide stage with Canada profitable Gold in each the WJC and WC.
Foudy is starting this season again within the AHL the place he’ll attempt to develop his offensive sport slightly extra. He has produced nicely at each degree however the NHL. His skill to supply at that degree will decide his long-term upside. Both as a bottom-six penalty-killing specialist or a middle-six speedster that gives secondary offensive assist.
Foudy has elite-level skating skill with eyebrow-raising acceleration and a seemingly easy prime pace that’s unmatched. His skating skill ought to be sufficient to earn him an NHL roster spot, the one query will likely be if his fingers can sustain along with his ft.
- Yegor Chinakhov, RW – Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical one, 21st total by Columbus Blue Jackets
Some of the memorable draft moments in current historical past was watching everybody scramble to reply, “Who the heck is that?” when Columbus drafted Chinakhov out of nowhere within the first spherical. Consultants from the scouting neighborhood (like myself) who have been doubters, and even laughing on the choice aren’t laughing anymore.
Chinakhov had a dominant draft season within the MHL with nicely over some extent per sport offense. In his D+1 season, he graduated to the KHL enjoying massive minutes with the Avangard Omsk producing 17 factors in 32 regular-season video games and profitable the rookie of the 12 months. He went on to supply one other 5 objectives and 7 factors in 21 playoff video games and profitable a Gagarian Cup as league Champions.
Following his extremely profitable season, he rapidly signed his NHL ELC and is making his North American Debut. After scoring his first aim in his first AHL sport, he was rapidly recalled to the NHL the place he’s nonetheless searching for his first level by means of three video games. Whereas he might even see the majority of video games this season within the AHL growing as a 20-year-old in his first season in North America, it seems to be just like the Blue Jackets knew what they have been doing all alongside and have themselves a first-round expertise that’s on the quick observe to a top-six NHL function.
- Kirill Marchenko, LW/RW – SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Drafted: 2018 spherical two, 49th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
Marchenko is a prospect on a gentle improvement curve and enjoying his approach up the depth chart. He not solely established himself as a daily KHL participant final season, however he additionally grew to become a prime participant on a aggressive roster in SKA. Marchenko produced 15 objectives and 28 factors in 41 regular-season video games and is off to a torrid tempo with eight objectives and 13 factors by means of the primary 20 video games.
The massive Russian skates nicely, has a fast and correct shot however his greatest asset is the best way he reads the play. His anticipation and read-and-react create time and house permits him to regulate the tempo of play. His KHL contract is ready to run out on the conclusion of this season and search for Columbus to rapidly signal him to his ELC and burn a 12 months off to permit him a cup of espresso in North America earlier than making his full-time debut the next season.
- Corson Ceulmans, D – College of Wisconsin (NCAA)
Drafted: 2021 spherical one, 25th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
The third of three 2021 first-round picks, the Jackets acquired a promising defenseman with a pretty steadiness of abilities and attributes. Ceulmans has good measurement, is a right-shot defender who has superb mobility. His greatest asset is his shot. Popping out of what could also be a decrease degree in his draft 12 months within the AJHL with Brooks Bandits, he produced 46 factors by means of 57 profession video games.
A greater and extra spectacular indication of his skill got here on the WJC U-18 the place he performed a key function with Canada and scored eight factors in six video games profitable the Gold. Ceulmans will play his D+1 season as an 18-year-old freshman with the Wisconsin Badgers and may spend the following few years growing on the NCAA degree earlier than turning professional.
The Blue Jackets will train endurance within the improvement with Ceulmans who has a toolbox that can see him within the NHL as both a strong two-way bottom-six pairing or prime pairing that may run a power-play. Both approach, he’s the organizations’ prime defensive prospect.
- Tyler Angle, C/LW – Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical seven, 212th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
Whereas Angle has proven regular improvement throughout his OHL profession with the Windsor Spitfires seeing his level manufacturing enhance from 4 factors to 17 factors, to 44, then 67 in his fourth season. His breakout season occurred final 12 months as a rookie within the AHL.
Angle produced over some extent per sport with 11 objectives and 24 factors in 23 video games to guide the group in scoring. As a seventh-round choice, he might lack some draft capital, however producing on the clip he did as a rookie within the AHL has vaulted him up the Blue Jackets depth chart and right into a prime ten rating.
Angle lacks any single elite-level talent however has no evident weak point, a jack of all trades and a grasp of none kind prospect. Angle will look to comply with up his breakout efficiency in his sophomore season within the AHL. If he can repeat his manufacturing ought to be in line for an NHL recall to see what he can do with the large membership.
- Dmitri Voronkov, LW/C – AK Bars Kazan (KHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical 4, 114th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
The massive Russian loved a breakout season within the KHL posting 19 factors in 53 regular-season video games. Extra spectacular was his six objectives and ten factors in 15 playoff video games. Voronkov additionally performed nicely for Russia on the WC posting one other two objectives and 6 factors by means of eight video games.
At 6-4, he owns an enormous attain and has a motor and excessive compete degree that makes him an efficient defender. Voronkov makes use of his measurement to play a robust bodily sport and is an agitating participant that may get the opposite group off their sport at instances. His offensive upside started to flourish late final season however shouldn’t be prone to translate to the NHL. His skating goes to want some enchancment to land him within the NHL. If he can enhance his stride and pace, he could possibly be a useful bottom-six in two years when his KHL contract expires.
- Stanislav Svozil, D – Regina Pats (WHL)
Drafted: 2021 spherical three, 69th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
Svozil has performed the previous two seasons main into his draft enjoying towards males within the Czech Republic with HC Kometa Brno. The Czech defender additionally performed internationally seeing video games with the Czech Republic within the U18, and the WJC.
Svozil is a defensive defenseman that has glorious positioning, reads, and performs a bodily sport. He’ll make his North American debut within the WHL with the Pats, who’re a robust offensive group. He’ll look to develop an offensive aspect to his sport enjoying again on the junior degree, however his meal ticket to the NHL will likely be as a shutdown defender. Svozil has a number of years of improvement forward of him within the CHL and the AHL earlier than he will likely be able to compete for a spot on the large membership.
- Daniil Tarasov, G – Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Drafted: 2017 spherical three, 86th total by Columbus Blue Jackets
The groups’ prime goaltending prospect has had an up and down improvement. He bounced from leagues just like the MHL, and VHL in Russia, to the Liiga in 2019-20 and again to Russia for a breakout season within the KHL. Tarasov was loaned to Salavat Yulaev Ufa within the KHL, the place he produced an 11-3-2 report with a 2.07 GAA and .925 SV%.
That raised his standing within the group, and he was introduced over to North America on the conclusion of the KHL season. His AHL debut was much less spectacular with a 3.16 GAA and a .896 SV% regardless of a strong 4-2-0 report. Tarasov will look to play the beginning function within the AHL in his first full season as a 22-year-old rookie.