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Jackets could trade second overall pick

Jun 22, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets might wait until the last minute to trade their second overall draft pick Friday in Pittsburgh.

Not that Scott Howson will definitely do that, but according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets’ GM is fielding lots of calls about the second pick and “seems almost excited to trade it.”

Howson tells Portzline “it’s going to depend a little with what goes on with the first pick before we can make a decision.”

Obviously Howson won’t know what he’s got to trade until Edmonton makes its selection. The consensus No. 1 prospect is Nail Yakupov, though speculation is growing the Oilers will take defenseman Ryan Murray.

Murray is one of many highly touted blue-liners in the draft, so if the Oilers take Yakupov and Howson wants to draft a defenseman, maybe he’s fine with taking whoever’s still available a few sports later in return for an additional pick or two.

On the other hand, if the Oilers take Murray, Howson’s arguably got a bigger chip to play in Yakupov. Granted, if he plans to trade Rick Nash at some point, he might want to hold on to the talented Russian winger.

  1. govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    “I figure I’ll trade it for two fifth round picks- that’s twice as many players I get. That’s good, right?”

  2. buddysguys - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    trade it to buffalo for the 12th and 21st…..then sign me up for Galchenyuk!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      not nearly enough amigo…

      try those pics and a proven player.

      Looking at how Myers production has fallen off of late. Say Myers and the #12 for Columbus’s #2….

  3. lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Well looking at the price tag on Nash, I am guessing Howson wants too much for the #2.

    they won’t find a trade partner unless the price is much lower than I think it is.

  4. alexb64 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Howson probably has a fair deal sitting in front of him, then at the last minute he’ll decide the market for the #2 pick will be better after July 1st…

    Then he’ll order an extra large pizza, decide he doesn’t want pizza after all & try to trade the pizza to a winery for $1,000 worth of champagne.

  5. babykaby - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    This guy has to be the biggest joke in the NHL and that’s saying something.

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