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09-13-2012, 09:10 PM
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18. Defenseman Dalton Prout
Age: 22
Height:6'2"
Weight: 222 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in the 6th round (154th overall), 2010 NHL Draft.

Analysis: When Scott Howson made Dalton Prout the 154th selection at the 2010 draft, I think a collective "who?" was given by many in the Blue Jackets fanbase. As an amateur talent scout, I knew a little bit about Dalton, but in no way was he on my radar as a potential draftee. Since being drafted, Prout has actually developed into a pretty good pro player, something that I honestly never expected from him. The Jackets drafted him as a 20 year old, reflecting the fact that perhaps Prout is a bit of a late developer. With good size, physical play, and solid defensive zone play, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Prout becomes an NHL regular in the future.

Pros: Size, physicality, underrated offense
Cons: Skating isn't top end, will never be a top shutdown player; nor a dynamic offensive player.

Realistic Expectations: Prout could battle for a spot on the Jackets this year, but unfortunately I think he's a guy that could get lost in the mix, simply because of more solid players ahead of him on the depth chart. I think he'll spend the year in Springfield, and if a lockout forces too many guys down ahead of him, it's possible that he plays for Evansville, at least for a stint. He might not be a bad guy to factor into a trade for another asset (even if it's a draft pick), as he does have some value for a team looking for depth on the blueline (sort of like the Bruins were when we traded them Adam McQuaid).

Stylistic Comparison: Johnny Boychuk

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17. Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo
Age: 18
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 168
How Acquired: Selected in the 3rd round (62nd overall), 2012 NHL Draft

Analysis: For my liking, Korpisalo is a bit low on our list of top prospects, as I honestly would have him in the 10-12 range. The third rated European-raised goaltender available at the Draft, the Jackets jumped at the opportunity to select Korpisalo, in spite of the fact that they had drafted a goaltender in the prior round. Korpisalo has a big frame that will take some time to grow into, however he has solid fundamentals, good side to side movement, and quick reflexes. As with any young goaltender, Korpisalo will have to show that he can handle the mental rigors of being a professional player, however at this point the sky is certainly the limit.

Pros: Size, quickness/agility, fundamentally solid
Cons: Rebound control could use work, a bit of a long-term project.

Realistic Expectations: He'll continue to play in Finland (at least to start the year), after being selected in the CHL Import Draft by the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. Unfortunate for me, as I would have been able to keep a close eye on him - however, in Finland, he will be under the tutelage of some of the top goaltending coaches in the world, and in 2-3 years time, should be more than primed to make the jump to North America. His ceiling is that of a #1a type of goalie, though the next couple of years will go a long way in determining exactly where he fits into our organization.

Stylistic Comparison: Ryan Miller

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16. Defenseman Will Weber
Age: 23
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 2nd round (53rd overall), 2007 NHL Draft.

Analysis: Will Weber spent the last four seasons with Miami University, turning himself into one of the top shutdown defensemen in collegiate hockey. With a hulking frame, long reach, and a stay at home demeanor, Weber has the ability to swallow up attacking forwards, effectively separating them from the puck as they attempt to create offense. With only 5 goals and 30 points through 144 games with Miami, there isn't much hope for Weber to be an offensive contributor at the next level. Even so, the former Redhawk captain was a key player in each of his seasons with Miami, and even served as the team's captain as a senior.

Pros: Size, physicality, shutdown potential
Cons: No offensive upside, skating will need to continue to improve.

Realistic Expectations: Don't expect Weber to become anything more than a second/third pairing defenseman in the NHL. It's certainly possible that he steps up and wows everyone, as he seems to have the tools; but he will be best suited as a partner paired with someone who wants to constantly be providing offense (John Moore/David Savard). Look for Weber to spend time in Springfield this year, hopefully bringing his shutdown style to the pro ranks. If he does, he could be a decent player for us at some point down the road, if not a flashy one.

Stylistic Comparison: Matt Greene

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15. Goaltender Allen York
Height: 23
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 190 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in the 6th round (158th overall), 2007 NHL Draft

Analysis: When Allen York was drafted in 2007, the hope was that, with four years to develop, he would turn into a potential quality starting goalie in the NHL. Three seasons at RPI showed continuous improvement across the board, though what has followed for York since finishing his collegiate career has been difficult so far. After spending time with Chicago (ECHL), Springfield (AHL), and the Jackets, York's best performances (and statistics) have encouragingly been at the NHL level. This season has to be considered pivotal for him however, as the Jackets have added some intriguing young netminders to the franchise stable, and the already 23 year old York will have to prove that he's capable of playing solid, no matter which jersey he is wearing.

Pros: Size, good lateral movement, solid puck stopper
Cons: Occasional glaring mistake, rebound control is iffy, consistency has to come along.

Realistic Expectations: Putting the future of the franchise on the shoulder of a 6th round pick would be a lofty goal, however York is a fairly promising prospect. I don't think he'll ever be a quality starter in the NHL, however he could still turn into a good backup for us, which is something that every team needs to be successful. Whether or not we've seen the best of him is debatable, but I will say that we shouldn't expect him to continue to post the same type of numbers over a long period of time.

Stylistic Comparison: Martin Biron

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14. Defenseman Mike Reilly
Age: 19
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in the 4th round (98th overall), 2011 NHL Draft

Analysis: Perhaps no player in the entire system had as good a season as Mike Reilly last year. While absolutely destroying the BCHL (a respectable Jr. A league), Reilly posted a whopping 24 goals and 83 points in only 51 games - as a defenseman. Reilly's Penticton Vees won the league championship with fair ease, with him being one of the key contributors the entire way. The Minnesota native will suit up for the Golden Gophers of the NCAA next season, which will be our first chance to see him against real top notch talent. If he can continue to produce at a high level, look for him to shoot up everyone's list next year, and potentially earn some serious attention across the league.

Pros: Great skater, offensive vision, good shooter/passer
Cons: Has to fill out, can he produce the same against high end talent? Still needs to work on his defensive zone play

Realistic Expectations: What Mike Reilly did last year in Penticton cannot be overlooked. He finished 8th overall in the league in scoring, and finished a full 24 points ahead of the next highest scoring defenseman. The only issue one can take with those facts is that the BCHL basically serves as a minor league for the WHL, stocked with players who either aren't good enough to play in the 'dub, or are heading the NCAA route (as Reilly is) and should be dominant anyhow. At this point, the sky is really the limit for Mike - he can be all he is making himself out to be - or he could have a terrible dropoff and become nothing but another lost draft pick. This is a player that needs 2-3 years to have a good feel on his potential.

Stylistic Comparison: John Carlson

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13. Right Wing TJ Tynan
Age: 20
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 168 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in the 3rd round (67th overall), 2011 NHL Draft

Analysis: After a stellar freshman season at the University of Notre Dame, the Jackets used the draft pick acquired for former first round pick Nikita Filatov to select diminutive forward TJ Tynan. Tynan took the NCAA by storm, scoring 23 goals and 54 points in 44 games, along with a solid +19 rating. Tynan's sophomore year showed a bit more struggle, as he was only able to put up 13 goals and 41 points in 39 games (and a -6 rating overall) - a slight drop off from his production as an 18 year old. Heading into this season, Tynan will look to step his offensive game back up as one of the team's veteran leaders.

Pros: Shifty skater, good playmaker, good skill overall
Cons: Size, two-way question marks; was last season's regression an off year or a sign of things to come?

Realistic Expectations: TJ has to be viewed as a boom or bust type of pick, really one the Jackets needed to make with the selection they had. After landing Boone Jenner in the prior round, the team had already landed itself a "safe prospect", and Tynan proved to be the guy that could potentially be a home run. If he can be a productive scorer at the pro level, this may in fact have been a home run pick - however, he doesn't have the intangibles to allow him to be a bottom 6 forward, so he will need to be productive to cut it in the NHL. What's nice is that, with two years of collegiate eligibility left, we have plenty of time to be patient and allow his game to get better.

Stylistic Comparison: Patrick Kane

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10 (t). Defenseman Cody Goloubef
Age: 22
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 2nd round (37th overall), 2008 NHL Draft

Analysis: Another player selected after his freshman season in the NCAA, Goloubef grew into a dependable shutdown type defender for the Wisconsin Badgers over the course of his collegiate career. Transitioning to the AHL proved to be a little more difficult for Cody, as he has struggled through his first two pro seasons, posting a combined -26 rating in 98 career games with Springfield. A good skater with a big shot, Cody will be entering the final year of his entry level contract, and will have to step his game up in a big way to remain with the franchise. With so much talent being brought in on the blueline, he may unfortunately be lost in the mix.

Pros: Decent size, good skater, big shot
Cons: Strength has to improve, doesn't use his offensive skillset enough, still pretty raw.

Realistic Expectations: It's hard to place a guy like Cody. You don't want to call him an underachiever, because that likely isn't a fair assessment - however, he has so much obvious talent and vision, that it's hard to comprehend why he isn't doing so much more. I would love to see him burst onto the scene for Springfield this year, however I have my reservations. There are 8 other guys who will likely be competing for spots with Springfield, so he will have to find a way to be better than at least 3-4 of those guys to guarantee his spot. This is the most important season of his career thus far.

Stylistic Comparison: Dan Hamhuis

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I normally just float in and out of these boards. But I thought I would log in to say that I have really enjoyed reading this thread so far. Thanks!!

I am pumped about this TJ Tynan as well. I`ll get to see him a few times this year.

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12. Forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
Age: 21
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 163 lbs
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent, summer 2012

Analysis: After a stellar final season in the QMJHL, Audy-Marchessault signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers, and spent the entire season with their AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale. Showing maturity beyond his years, JAM posted 24 goals and 64 points in 76 games, even earning an appearance at the AHL all-star game. After such an impressive rookie pro season, the Jackets jumped at the chance to sign the free agent when the Rangers did not extend him another offer. With the lockout now in effect, JAM will look to contribute for the Falcons in an ever advancing role, and try to earn a spot with the Jackets in the near future.

Pros: Skill, speed, perennial underachiever that just keeps getting better
Cons: Size, two-way issues, does his scoring transfer to the NHL?

Realistic Expectations: Audy-Marchessault can't be considered a top prospect just yet, however he is an intriguing one; as his scoring capability seems to be growing rapidly. The biggest fear I have is that he'll become another Geoff Platt and not do much in the NHL. He isn't a bad guy to have around, as his effort level will push the other guys around him to compete harder, and his scoring touch should make Springfield a substantially better team. With so many of these smallish, skilled forwards coming along, there isn't much room for error, so JAM will have to continue to get better to earn a permanent spot within the franchise.

Stylistic Comparison: Brian Gionta

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10(t). Goaltender Anton Forsberg
Age: 19
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 176 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 7th round (188th overall), 2011 NHL Draft

Analysis: With their last pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, the Jackets selected little known goaltender Anton Forsberg from the MODO J20 program in Sweden. Forsberg would step up his play in a huge way after being drafted, starring for his junior team and even seeing solid minutes with the big club. Forsberg will be headed back to Sweden for at least another year, and is still considered a long-term prospect for the Jackets. The big difference this year, however, is there are less people asking "who" or "why", and more people actually taking notice of his solid potential.

Pros: Size, good lateral movement, calm demeanor
Cons: Rebound control needs work, still a long way away from the NHL, talent is still very raw

Realistic Expectations: I think Forsberg has the potential to be a big steal for us at this particular draft ... if we give him the time and patience that it takes with a young goaltender. After seeing two goalies drafted this year (Dansk, Korpisalo), all three should have plenty of time to grow and show what they can do. I know we all hope that any of the three will develop into a quality starter for us, and Forsberg's potential is every bit as good as Dansk or Korpisalo. Add Allen York to the mix, and we actually have a pretty decent young stable of goalies.

Stylistic Comparison: Jonas Hiller

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I am pumped about this TJ Tynan as well. I`ll get to see him a few times this year.
Awesome. Let us know how he does?
(I think I ended up starting the CBJ branch of his fan club shortly after he was drafted... )

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9. RW Tomas Kubalik
Age: 22
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 194 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 5th round (135th overall), 2008 NHL Draft

Analysis: For me, it seems like Tomas Kubalik has been around the franchise forever. Following a season with the Pilzen U20 hockey club in his home country, the Jackets took a shot with a late round pick on the budding power forward. After struggling for ice time the following season with the big club in Pilzen, Kubalik made the jump across the pond to play for the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL, and immediately made a dramatic impact in North America, scoring 33 goals and 75 points in 58 games. The next year, Kubalik turned pro, and had an eye opening 24 goal, 53 point rookie campaign in 76 AHL games. Kubalik would battle for a roster spot for the Jackets the following summer, however upon being sent down, would see his season cut fairly short due to injury. Kubalik will return to Springfield this year, in the final year of his ELC.

Pros: Size, great hands in traffic, goes to the hard areas and competes
Cons: Skating is a huge issue, all-around play is touchy

Realistic Expectations: Many people have pegged Kubalik as our version of Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom, and that might not be an unfair comparison, as he plays a similar type of game, and is capable of similar type numbers on a good team. He'll be a second/third line player at best, a mostly powerplay specialist that we stick in front of the net to score the "greasy goals". He's a potential 20 goal scorer without a doubt; if he can stay healthy and have a solid development year this year, there's a good chance we see him full-time in the NHL in 2013-14.

Stylistic Comparison: Tomas Holmstrom

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8. Forward Michael Chaput
Age: 20
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 192 lbs
How Acquired: Trade with Philadelphia (along with Greg Moore; in exchange for F Tom Sestito), February 28th, 2011

Analysis: After targeting Chaput during the 2011 draft, yet missing out on him, the Jackets took the opportunity to add him to their prospect stable, as the Flyers looked to add some size in Tom Sestito. Since the trade, Chaput has made GM Scott Howson and co. look like geniuses,as he would go on to post 21 goals and 63 points in 57 regular season games for Shawinigan (QMJHL) this year; before adding 4 goals and 12 points in 11 playoff games. Chaput saved his best hockey for the premier tournament in the CHL, posting a stellar 5 goals and 12 points in just 6 Memorial Cup tournament games, leading the Cataractes to their first ever Memorial Cup victory. Chaput led the tournament in scoring, and earned the Stafford Smythe trophy as tournament MVP.

Pros: Size, compete, all-around play
Cons: Not a particularly high level scorer, has seen some injury woes

Realistic Expectations: Don't get your hopes up too high for Chaput. As someone who hasn't missed a Memorial Cup game in over 5 years, I can attest that he was, without a doubt, the best forward throughout the entire tournament. He was all over the ice, playing a physical, pesky game that saw him generate numerous turnovers and quality scoring chances. He went to the dirty areas to compete, and played with a swagger that you don't often see in 19 year olds. That being said, I think his potential is that of a third line forward (maybe a depth second liner). He doesn't have the obvious skill that you see in some of the other kids his age, however I think a guy like this could be highly effective on a line with someone like Boone Jenner or Matt Calvert. There is a lot to like with this kid, he's another quality youngster that plays the game on effort and overachieving - something this franchise needs to continue to gravitate towards.

Stylistic Comparison: Nick Foligno

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7. Left Wing Matt Calvert
Age: 22
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 175 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 5th round (#127 overall), 2008 NHL Draft

Analysis: Another hard working forward, Matt Calvert was nabbed by the Blue Jackets after spending a year playing on the top line for the Brandon Wheat Kings, alongside highly touted prospects Braydon Schenn and Scott Glennie. The line took the WHL by storm that season, and Calvert put up a solid 64 points as a rookie in a very good league. Putting doubters who assumed he was mooching off of higher talent players to rest, Calvert improved upon his numbers each year in the WHL, culminating with a 47 goal, 99 point overage season, in which the Wheaties lost in the Memorial Cup final. That offseason, Calvert would sign his first pro contract with the Blue Jackets, and has spent the following two years splitting time between the Jackets and the Springfield Falcons.

Pros: Hard work, leadership, underrated offensive skill
Cons: Size, showed some signs of regression, somewhat limited upside

Realistic Expectation: Starting to sound like a broken record here, but Calvert is another potential middle-6 forward for us. While he doesn't have the size of some of the other guys, I do think he has a little more offensive upside. His work ethic cannot be overlooked, and his ability to pick the team up with his gritty effort is uncanny. He's not a guy that will lead a team in scoring, but he is a guy that will be very productive alongside other talented scorers. Another guy that would look great on a future third line, Calvert is skilled enough to possibly reach higher, though time will certainly be of the essence as he already nears his mid-20s.

Stylistic Comparison: Brad Marchand

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Who is missing from both parts of this thread?

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I don't have John Moore on my opening night roster, nor is he still considered a prospect by HF standards. I will do a writeup on him however, since it's been requested. If anyone else has any requests for players in the system, I'd be glad to provide. I'll also give my input on other players from around the league (especially prospects), but for those please PM me, as this thread is to discuss the Blue Jackets.

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6. Goaltender Oskar Dansk
Age: 18
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 187 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in the 2nd round (31st overall), 2012 NHL Draft.

Analysis: Filling an obvious void in the system with the first pick in the second round this summer, the Jackets selected the third rated goaltender in the entire draft, Oskar Dansk. Though born in Sweden, Dansk spend three full years with the vaulted Shattuck-St. Mary's prep program, where he had huge success that set him up for success once he returned to his native country for junior play. Dansk spent the last two seasons playing for the Brynas J18 and J20 teams, posting solid numbers while learning the game further. This year, he will suit up for the Erie Otters of the OHL, which should give him a strong development path against some of the top talent in the world. Dansk is a large framed goalie with a hybrid style. He has strong technical skills and plays the angles well. A calm demeanor in net is already established, and Dansk should very much be ready for the AHL in 2 years' time.

Pros: Size, technically solid, competitor that wants to succeed, calm in the crease
Cons: Rebound control needs work, still at least 3 years away from the NHL as he learns the pro game

Realistic Expectation: There is no doubt in my mind that this guy is capable of being the goaltender of the future for us. We have had three come along in our system (Leclaire and Mason being the others), and Dansk might be the most professional of the three. He's a big kid that likes to compete and win, has all of the tools, and the right development path to be successful. His ceiling is a #1 starter in the NHL, a potential all-star type goalie - but he will have to be brought along slowly and allowed to develop, something that sorely lacked with Leclaire and Mason.

Stylistic Comparison: Evgeni Nabokov

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5. Center Boone Jenner
Age: 19
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
How Acquired: Selected in 2nd round (37th overall), 2011 NHL Draft

Analysis: One of my favorite players in junior hockey, Boone Jenner is what the CHL hockey is all about. Raised on a farm in Mossley, Ontario; Boone was taught the value of hard work and honesty from the beginning, something that is very evident in his brand of hockey. Originally the 4th overall selection in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft, Boone has spent three years with the Oshawa Generals, including being team captain as just an 18 year old, quite an impressive feat. Jenner also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships this January, though he did miss time due to suspension. A solid all-around player, Jenner will not "wow" you with his offensive skill, but it is his ability to step his game up and be a force that makes him an intriguing prospect. Be it a big hit, a timely goal, or laying out to block a shot, Boone Jenner leads by example.

Pros: Size, compete, leadership, does everything it takes to win
Cons: Not a lot of offensive potential, has to learn to play within the boundaries

Realistic Expectations: I mentioned above that he is one of my favorite prospects in hockey, and it's not just because I'm a Jackets fan. One looking at my favorite prospects will find names such as Jenner's, Quinton Howden, and Zemgus Girgensons - guys who play the game hard and compete to win. There is no doubt in my mind that Boone could be a captain in the NHL, and with the right talent around him, could potentially be capable of a second line role. Ideally, he will develop into a premier third line center, able to change the tide of the game exactly as he's done through his junior career. He's an exciting kid to watch, and I can't wait to see him in the NHL. Again with the broken record - not a ton of skill, but effort and leadership. Our locker room will be very competitive in a few years with guys like this around.

Stylistic Comparison: Keith Primeau (some of you may remember him - I struggled to find a comparison for him really).

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There are no Blue Jacket players, in fact, there is no league... ///// it.

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...moving on:

4. Defenseman David Savard
Age: 21
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 4th round (#94 overall), 2009 NHL Draft

Analysis: After struggling through his first season of major junior hockey, David Savard stepped up in his first full year with the Moncton Wildcats, after being traded from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar late in his rookie season. With Moncton in 2008-09, Savard put up 9 goals and 44 points, which showed enough promise for the Jackets to select him in the fourth round of the draft. Savard's next year in the Q was an eye opener, with 13 goals and 77 points in 64 games, and also 1 goal and 15 points in 21 playoff games, helping Moncton earn a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament. Savard followed up his solid junior career with a very good year in Springfield (11g, 44p, 72 games), and then split last year between Springfield and Columbus. Savard is a solid puck mover, who should certainly challenge for a spot on the team - whenever the next season kicks off. Until then, he will continue to hone his skills in the American Hockey League.

Pros: Slick skater, very good shot, good passer, underrated physical play, fairly well rounded in all three zones
Cons: Not a huge player, still fairly raw and needs development

Realistic Expectations: We can't complain about getting a guy like this in the fourth round of the draft, as he will likely be a fixture on our top-4 for quite some time. These are the kind of valuable picks that have been sorely lacking with this franchise since it's inception. Savard should develop into a good second pairing or very good third pairing defender, with powerplay skill. He seems to get better and better with each year of development, a real testament to his character and poise.

Stylistic Comparison: Drew Doughty

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I have already submitted blurbs on the next three top prospects in our system, as I have them all making the team. These are stylistic comparisons for each player (as I have done for each other prospect) - one thing I always stress is that I'm not comparing these guys to anyone - they can either be as good, better, or far worse than any of these players - however, these are just comparisons based on how they play the game.

3. Tim Erixon - Stylistic Comparison: Paul Martin
2. Cam Atkinson - Stylistic Comparison: Brian Gionta
1. Ryan Murray - Stylistic Comparison: Scott Niedermayer

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4. Defenseman David Savard
Age: 21
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 4th round (#94 overall), 2009 NHL Draft

Analysis: After struggling through his first season of major junior hockey, David Savard stepped up in his first full year with the Moncton Wildcats, after being traded from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar late in his rookie season. With Moncton in 2008-09, Savard put up 9 goals and 44 points, which showed enough promise for the Jackets to select him in the fourth round of the draft. Savard's next year in the Q was an eye opener, with 13 goals and 77 points in 64 games, and also 1 goal and 15 points in 21 playoff games, helping Moncton earn a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament. Savard followed up his solid junior career with a very good year in Springfield (11g, 44p, 72 games), and then split last year between Springfield and Columbus. Savard is a solid puck mover, who should certainly challenge for a spot on the team - whenever the next season kicks off. Until then, he will continue to hone his skills in the American Hockey League.

Pros: Slick skater,
very good shot, good passer, underrated physical play, fairly well rounded in all three zones
Cons: Not a huge player, still fairly raw and needs development

Realistic Expectations: We can't complain about getting a guy like this in the fourth round of the draft, as he will likely be a fixture on our top-4 for quite some time. These are the kind of valuable picks that have been sorely lacking with this franchise since it's inception. Savard should develop into a good second pairing or very good third pairing defender, with powerplay skill. He seems to get better and better with each year of development, a real testament to his character and poise.

Stylistic Comparison: Drew Doughty
Interesting observation. Most things I read about Savard suggest his skating needs work.

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HM: Defenseman John Moore
Age: 21
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 1st round (21st overall), 2009 NHL Draft

Analysis: Smooth skating American defenseman John Moore was highly touted heading into the 2009 draft; at one point mentioned as a potential top-10 pick. After trading down in the first round, the Jackets then traded back up to select Moore, after seeing him fall to the #21 spot. Moore would make the jump to the OHL from the USHL following the draft, and went on to score a respectable 10 goals and 47 points in 61 games. Turning pro the next year, Moore had a season full of ups and downs, posting an AHL worst -27 rating over 73 games played. Moore then spent most of last season with the Blue Jackets, playing 67 games with the big club and at times looking vastly out of place, finishing off the season with a -23 rating.

Pros: Size, elite skating, good puck mover, good shot
Cons: Defense is touch and go, could be more physical and use his size better

Realistic Expectations: With one of the top defense prospects in the world now in the system in Ryan Murray, and a glut of solid young prospects who have followed better developmental paths, now is the time for John Moore to step his game up and prove that he can be an excellent pro player. I hate to knock the guy because I do like his game, but he has to find a way to use his skating and vision to play better in all three zones if he wants to continue to hold down an NHL job. He was very impressive at times for the Jackets last year, and at other times he was very noticeable for all the wrong reasons. He is an excellent prospect, and perhaps the lockout is the best thing for him, as he will be able to further hone his skills in the AHL, a league that now has more talent throughout due to the lockout. His upside is that of a top-3 defenseman with first unit powerplay skill.

Stylistic Comparison: Ryan Whitney

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