POSTED ON Friday, 06.27.2014 / 10:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog


PHILADELPHIA -- The Plymouth Whalers (OHL) own Sonny Milano's Canadian junior rights, but it does not appear that he'll be wearing their jersey this fall.

Originally recruited by Notre Dame - Milano committed and then de-committed from the Fighting Irish - Boston College and legendary coach Jerry York swooped in and persuaded him to sign on in Chestnut Hill. There had been a few reports that Milano would reconsider his commitment to Boston College if his drafted team preferred otherwise, but Milano said tonight that he's planning to go to college.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.27.2014 / 6:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

PHILADELPHIA -- The Blue Jackets will officially begin the NHL Draft with seven picks.

Anaheim had until the start of the first round (approximately 7 p.m. ET) to notify Columbus whether it planned to keep the 38th overall pick - originally obtained by the Blue Jackets in the Marian Gaborik trade.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.27.2014 / 3:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog


PHILADELPHIA -- One final piece of the Marian Gaborik trade remains to be settled, and the Anaheim Ducks have about three hours to make a decision.

The Los Angeles Kings traded a conditional second-round pick to the Blue Jackets as part of that deadline deal, but the pick in question has been well-traveled. It's been property of Toronto, Anaheim, Los Angeles and now Columbus, and dating back to the Leafs' acquisition of Peter Holland from the Ducks.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.27.2014 / 7:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

He's not the biggest, strongest or most physical defenseman in this year's draft class, but few can do what Julius Honka does with the puck on his stick.

And no, he's not one of the "pure offense" types of defensemen, either. In his first year competing in North America, the 18-year-old native of Jyväskylä, Finland, stepped right into the Swift Current Broncos' lineup and made an immediate impact.

Good first pass? Check. Accurate shot from the point? Check. Honka can lead the rush or join the rush and there's a lot to like about his game. 

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 7:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

Jarmo Kekalainen is pretty clear in saying that he will select the best player available at No. 16 overall.

The Blue Jackets have some organizational needs that they'd like to address, for sure, but Kekalainen firmly believes in drafting the best player on the board when Columbus' number is called. Whether it's a forward or defenseman doesn't necessarily matter in the first round, he says, because teams can use the later rounds to fill positions of need.

NHL.com's Mike Morreale - their resident draft expert - took a closer look at what teams in the Metropolitan Division may be looking at as the 2014 NHL Draft approaches. Here's a snippet of what he expects the Blue Jackets to do:

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.23.2014 / 9:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / 2014 Draft Central blog

The NHL Draft is only four days away and we're gearing up here at BlueJackets.com.

By now, you've probably seen our prospect profiles, the "my draft story" features with several Blue Jackets players recalling their memories of being drafted, as well as conversations with GM Jarmo Kekalainen and his staff about strategy and draft-day decision making.

We've covered a lot already, but we're only getting started.

This blog will be constantly updated throughout the week with videos, quick-hit news items and interviews with players selected by the Blue Jackets at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. If it's happening at the draft, you'll find it here.

Bookmarking this page is a good idea. Let's get this going!

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 3:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / BlueJackets.com's #Sochi2014 Blog

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 2:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / BlueJackets.com's #Sochi2014 Blog

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 11:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / BlueJackets.com's #Sochi2014 Blog

Good evening, everyone (or good morning if you're in Sochi). Team USA begins its 2014 Olympic tournament in just a few hours against Slovakia, and the anticipation has been building over the past few days.

Just yesterday, U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma named Jonathan Quick the team's starting goaltender for Game 1 but would not go into any detail about the Game 2 starter. Many believe Ryan Miller to be the guy who gets the call against Russia on Saturday, but it's hardly a foregone conclusion and a lot will likely depend on how Quick performs against the Slovaks.

One item just released by USA Hockey: Team USA's lines and defense pairs for today's game against Slovakia. Here they are...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 7:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / BlueJackets.com's #Sochi2014 Blog

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