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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 1:26 PM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog
Photo courtesy of Marc Henwood / Station Nation

At 6-feet-tall, Olivier Leblanc is a two-way defenseman who currenly plays for St. John in the QMJHL.

The 18-year-old seventh-round draft pick played midget AAA hockey in Quebec at 15-years-old, where his Blizzard team reached the Quebec finals before eventually falling to College Esther-Blondin in five games.

After midget hockey, Leblanc was selected by St. John in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 12:20 PM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog


Welcome to "The Numbers Game: NHL Draft Edition"
137th overall pick Tyler Bird

The Blue Jackets selected Tyler Bird of Kimball Union Academy (high school) with the 137th pick. Here is a look at how the right wing's numbers add up.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 12:00 PM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog


With Cape Breton this past season, Julien Pelletier didn't appear to be a rookie — although he was.

In 67 regular season games with the Screaming Eagles, Pelletier potted 25 goals along with a similar 25 assists for 50 points, which was among the top rookies in the GMJHL. Prior to the draft, he was raked 62 among all North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 11:40 AM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

Welcome to "The Numbers Game: NHL Draft Edition"
77th overall pick Blake Siebenaler

The Blue Jackets selected Blake Siebenaler of the Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) with the 77th pick. Here is a look at how the defenseman's numbers add up.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 11:25 AM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog


Welcome to "The Numbers Game: NHL Draft Edition" 
76th overall pick 
Elvis Merzliknis

The Blue Jackets selected Elvis Merzliknis of Lugano (Swiss A League) with the 76th pick. Here is a look at how the goalie's numbers add up.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 10:50 AM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

Ryan Collins is tall. Like, very tall.

Collins, a at 6-foot-5 defenseman, comes from the US National Team Development Program after being selected by Green Bay in the 21st round (315th overall) of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft. He plans to start his NCAA career at the University of Minnesota next season.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.27.2014 / 9:00 PM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

Welcome to "The Numbers Game: NHL Draft Edition" 
16th overall pick Sonny Milano

The Blue Jackets selected Sonny Milano of the US National Training Development Program with the 16th pick. Here is a look at how the center's numbers add up.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 4:00 PM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

Who was taken in 2010 at No. 16 overall?

The 2010 NHL Draft’s 16th overall selection brought a player that would become a top-six forward along with an Olympic participant during the 2014 Sochi Games.

The St. Louis Blues selected Russian-born winner Vladimir Tarasenko, who was a part of the KHL’s Sibir Novosibirsk club before being drafted. Tarasenko competed in the World Junior Championships in 2010 and 2011, taking home gold in 2011 while tallying 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in seven games.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 1:00 PM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

In the next installment of our historical (well, recently historical) look at the No. 16 pick in the NHL Draft, we once again turn to the Buffalo Sabres.

In 2011, the Sabres had the 16th selection, just as they did in 2013 when they selected hulking defenseman Nikita Zadorov from the London Knights. They owned pick No. 16 twice in the string of three years, and in 2011, they selected skilled forward Joel Armia out of the Finnish SM-I league.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 12:00 PM
By Alex Busch - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

When it came time to make 16th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals were on the clock.

The Capitals, in the first of two consecutive picks out of the OHL, selected Tom Wilson, following his second season with the Plymouth Whalers. Wilson, a right wing, was a U17 gold-medalist for Team Canada in 2011, was voted as the ‘Best Body Checker’ in the OHL’s 2012 Western Conference Coaches Poll and was a runner up for the ‘Hardest Worker’ award.

After being drafted in 2012, he was returned to his junior club - and he went on to double his point totals from 27 (nine goals, 18 assists) to 58 (23 goals, 35 assists).

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