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Blue Jackets aren’t interested in the top pick

Jun 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Ryan Murray, Filip Forsberg, Alex Galchenyuk, Darryl Sutter

If the Edmonton Oilers wanted to trade down from the first overall pick to second, they’re probably going to end up disappointed. According to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson isn’t interested in acquiring the top pick.

Nail Yakupov is likely to be selected with the first overall pick, but there’s still a chance that the Edmonton Oilers might take defenseman Ryan Murray.

It’s not clear who the Columbus Blue Jackets would want to select with the second pick and it shouldn’t be assumed that they’ll simply take whoever is left between Yakupov and Murray.

There’s also a real possibility that Columbus will trade down. As it is, Portzline has been told that the Blue Jackets are considering an offer that would result in them surrendering the number two pick.

The only time that the Blue Jackets have used a top-three pick was in 2002 when they took Rick Nash. With Nash likely to be dealt, the Blue Jackets could certainly use a new person to serve as the face of their franchise, but they might not get that player via the 2012 draft.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Hmmmm I wonder, JVR and bob for the 2nd and Allen York….. Now my prediction seems to work a lot better

  2. broadstbully33 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    mclovin- who do u take at number 2 rienhart murray dumba forsberg if yakupov is there? y would we want york? he is average at best with potential. after the top 8 it turns into a pretty level draft. and for the record i would absolutely do that deal

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    I would take Murray. We need D and to clear cap.
    If Murray is gone then nail for number 2.
    York is just a replacement backup that helps us clear cap. He isnt a big park of the trade, but it makes us not need to look for a backup and he won’t be playing in clb do it makes sense.

  4. govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    They shouldn’t be interested in it- other than Nash, they’ve never done very well with high draft picks anyway (and he pretty much fell in their laps). Why make a trade to get a high pick you’re just going to foul up anyway?

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