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Blue Jackets had no intention of taking Nail Yakupov

Jun 24, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

Third overall pick, Alex Galchenyuk of the Canadiens, first overall pick Nail Yakupov of the Oilers and second overall pick Ryan Murray of the Blue Jackets pose at the NHL draft Friday night in Pittsburgh. (DAVE SANDFORD/GETTY IMAGES) Getty Images

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson got the man he wanted with the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft: defenseman Ryan Murray.

The Oilers conformed to conventional wisdom and took Nail Yakupov with the top pick. However, going into the draft there was some speculation that Edmonton might surprise people by taking Murray, especially given how many young, skilled forwards were already in the Oilers’ organization.

If the Oilers had taken Murray, would the Blue Jackets have responded by scooping up Nail Yakupov? Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported that the simple answer is no. Instead, Howson would have traded their top pick.

“We had a very attractive offer,” Howson said, “and then we got another offer from the same team.”

Howson insists that he thinks Yakupov will be a good player, but it looks like he had no intention of adding him to the Blue Jackets’ organization.

  1. cannonblast14 - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    This is why it should come as no shock that four scouts were fired. What a bunch of idiots.
    Howson is stupid too, but scouts obviously didnt like him enough or they wouldnt have traded out.

  2. teamstewie - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    As if we needed further confirmation as to how incompetent this organization is.

  3. egodz51 - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    What do the Blue Jackets consider a ‘very attractive offer’?

    • east96st - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      10 guaranteed season ticket holders who will show up for at least half the games. Which would double the current amount.

  4. pone27 - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Let me guess Howson, you were offered a teams top player, a swap of first rounders, and three top prospects, and you just couldn’t do it, right?

  5. east96st - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Nail doesn’t know it, but being the number one pick was the second best thing that happened to him. Not going to Columbus was first. CBJ is where you go to watch your career slowly die, unless you’re Russian. Then the death is almost immediate. No matter what happens to the kid’s career, all Jacket fans know that had he come to Columbus, he would have been in the KHL within two years. Probably would have put out feelers after year one. At least with Murray, we’ll probably get four to five good years out of him until he demands to be traded. Or his knee will get blown up and he’ll never amount to anything. It’s Columbus, so those are pretty much the only two likely scenarios.

  6. eggserino - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Logan Couture et al for Rick Nash. They asked for it not once but twice. Logan Couture = more points and a $5m lower cap hit. Why won’t San Jose go for that deal? Blue Jackets have got to be the worst run franchise in sports.

  7. lucicfan603 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    @east96st couldn’t agree with you more. Jackets are the worst run team in the NHL why would any player want to go there? I don’t blame Carter for wanting to leave when he did

    • east96st - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Well, we agree about the Jackets, but we could not disagree more about Carter. Carter is a piece of garbage. I have absolutely no respect for him at all. From the moment the trade was announced, he behaved worse than my five year old daughter does when she’s exhausted. If going to Columbus was that traumatic for him, he should have been a man and stated up front that he would never take the ice for Jackets. At least, that would shown guts and character. Instead, he literally hid in his house, made members of the team beg him to talk to them, came to Columbus and collected a large paycheck while dogging it every step of the way and being a locker room cancer. At this point, the only way I could ever have a hint of respect for that assclown is if took all the money he earned in Columbus and donated it to charity. He didn’t earn a penny of it, so be man enough to allow it to do some good for people in need. Mid-Ohio Foodbank could sure use the money and he could turn around and write it off on his taxes. But, I think we both know there’s a better chance of the Jackets winning the next four Cups and Steve Mason being the League MVP than Carter stepping up and admitting he acted like a douche. Nothing against LA, but it disgusts me that the guy held the Cup.

  8. lucicfan603 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Jackets will never win a cup without getting rid of Howson first. Yes Carter’s actions were disgusting and unprofessional agreed.

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