Blue Jackets goaltender Oscar Dansk was a busy guy after he was picked by Columbus in the second round (31st overall) -- and he went right from the draft floor over to the set of the NHL Network. He sits down with Kathryn Tappen and EJ Hradek to discuss the draft experience, his potential fit with the Blue Jackets, and more.
Joonas Korpisalo was another of the top-ranked European goaltenders in this year's NHL Draft class, and with the Blue Jackets thin at that position, Scott Howson and staff wanted to make sure they utilized every avenue to strengthen the club between the pipes.
Korpisalo spoke with JacketsTV shortly after being picked by the Blue Jackets, and discussed his game, how he sees himself fitting into the Columbus organization, and much more.
Blue Jackets goaltender Oscar Dansk, selected with the 31st overall pick in the NHL Draft, met with the media after his name was called at the CONSOL Energy Center. He knows he's coming into an organization that was looking to upgrade its goaltending, and said he is going to work hard to earn his way up the Blue Jackets' depth chart.
Watch Dansk's interview on JacketsTV in the video player above.
CBJ SELECTS CURCURUTO: If this were an "all-name" draft, the Blue Jackets might be contending for top honors! With the 182nd overall pick (seventh round), Columbus selected defenseman Gianluca Curcuruto from the OHL's Sault-Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Curcuruto is a native of Toronto and just completed his second full season in the OHL. He is listed at 6-foot and 195 lbs., and is a left-handed shot on the blue line. In 2011-12, he registered three goals and 16 points in 63 games, after posting one goal and 25 points in 56 games the previous year.
We will have more on all of today's Blue Jackets draft picks following Scott Howson's media session, which is scheduled to take place shortly after the conclusion of the seventh and final round of the draft.
UPDATE: The Blue Jackets have selected RW Daniel Zaar from Sweden with the No. 152 overall pick in the NHL Draft. Zaar is regarded as a skilled offensive player whose game has continued to develop as he's grown older. He checks in at 5-foot-11 and 170 lbs., and has the ability to both score pretty goals with his accurate shot and drive hard to the net.
Here's a brief scouting report on Zaar, courtesy of Eliteprospects.com:
"A pretty all-round player with an excellent shot - accurate and hard. Also a fine one-time release. Has overall pretty good offensive skills and usually finds the net. Should continue improving his speed and strength."
Zaar posted 14 goals and 38 points in 44 games this past season with Rogle U20 in Sweden, and added five goals and eight points during the club's seven playoff contests. He appears to be a rising star in the Swedish hockey ranks, and his offensive numbers have improved as he climbed the competitive ladder.
At the World U18 tournament this past year, Zaar tallied one goal in Sweden's three games.
The Blue Jackets have made their first three selections on the second day of the NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. So far, GM Scott Howson and his staff have added two highly-rated goaltenders and an up-and-coming forward from the Ontario Hockey League.
Here is a recap of today's additions to the CBJ organization, courtesy of the Blue Jackets' public relations department:
DANSK: Columbus used its second round pick to select goaltender Oscar Dansk with the 31st overall selection. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden posted a 2.82 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games with Brynas Jr. of the Swedish Junior League in 2011-12. He recorded a 2.70 GAA, .911 SV% and one shutout in 21 games with Brynas Jr. in 2010-11.
KORPISALO: In the third round, the Blue Jackets selected Jokerit Jr. (Finland Jr.) goaltender Joonas Korpisalo with the 62nd overall pick. A native of Pori, Finland, he registered a 2.04 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 games with Jokerit Jr. of the Finnish Junior League. He also represented Finland at the 2012 World Under-18 Junior Championships and went 3-3 with a 3.02 GAA, .902 SV% and one shutout in seven games, helping the club reach the bronze medal game.
ANDERSON: Columbus used its fourth round pick to select London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) right wing Josh Anderson with the 95th overall pick. A 6-foot-1, 183-pound native of Burlington, Ontario, he registered 12-10-22, 34 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 64 games. He added 2-3-5, four penalty minutes and was +4 in 19 playoff games, helping the Knights win the OHL championship.
Stay tuned, there's plenty more to come from Pittsburgh!
THIS JUST IN: The Blue Jackets have selected LW Josh Anderson of the London Knights (OHL) with the 95th overall pick. The pick originally belonged to the Vancouver Canucks, but was acquired in the Samuel Pahlsson trade at the trading deadline in February.
In 2011-12, Anderson debuted into major junior hockey and played his first season with the Knights. He put up 12 goals and 22 points during his rookie campaign, and is considered to be a two-way forward that can check effectively and chip in on the offensive end.
Barring trade, Columbus does not have another selection in the fourth round. We'll keep you updated on any news that comes down the pike as the draft continues here at CONSOL Energy Center!
The Blue Jackets have made their first two selections on day two of the NHL Draft -- and a pair of young, talented goaltenders will be joining the organization. Columbus used the 31st overall pick to draft Oscar Dansk from Shattuck St. Mary's, and he said today he will be coming over to North America this fall to play major junior hockey.
His rights are not owned by any team at this point, but that should be settled in the next few days, he said. Dansk is regarded to be one of the top goaltenders in this year's class, and scouts say he is a very skilled puck-handler and plays an athletic style between the pipes.
Here are some comments from Dansk shortly after his selection:
What was it like when you heard your name called, it happened pretty quickly?
Yeah, like you said it was really quick….I didn’t know what to expect coming in here today. I just came in with a smile and hoping everything went good so it did and I was really happy.
Did you think you would hear your name called last night?
I had my hopes on going last night. I was really excited coming in last night too. It was a little disappointing walking out of here after sitting here for a few hours. But coming back here today I was happy and I was ready to go.
What are your thoughts about heading to Columbus, have you had a chance to talk to any members of the organization yet?
I did at the combine, other than that we really haven’t spoken much after that, but we had a good conversation at the combine and I’m really happy that they chose me.
What’s the plan for you going forward for you now, I imagine you would go back to Sweden and play there and continue your development?
I’m planning on coming over here and playing major junior actually. It’s going to be really exciting.
Do you have any idea where it will be?
No, not right now. We’ll see in a few days.
JACKETS ADD KORPISALO: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and amateur scouting director Tyler Wright each made it clear that adding goaltending prospects to the organization would be a focal point of this year's draft. They stayed true to their word and used their first two selections today on netminders -- both with a European flavor and who are regarded as key cogs in a deep goaltender class.
With respect to Korpisalo, he's a 6-foot-2, 163 lb. goaltender who hails from Pori, Finland. The 18-year-old has played two seasons in the renowned Jokerit organization in Finland: in 2010-11, he played 15 games for Jokerit's under-18 club and posted a 2.55 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.
The next season, he made the jump to Jokerit's Finnish junior club and suited up for 55 games. His numbers got even better -- Korpisalo lowered his goals-against average to 2.04 in those starts, and posted four shutouts along with a .904 save percentage.
Korpisalo began and finished the year as Central Scouting's third-ranked European goaltender.