DRAFT CENTRAL: The Rundown

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 1:40 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Draft Central



The Blue Jackets had a list of priorities heading into this weekend's NHL Draft, and GM Scott Howson is pleased he was able to cross a significant number of them off his to-do list.

With just two goaltenders under contract in the organization -- and very few in the pipeline to begin with -- the Blue Jackets sought to bolster their depth in goal, and wanted to do so at their draft table. After two highly-rated netminders were selected in last night's first round, the next best available goaltender was young Oscar Dansk from Shattuck St. Mary's, and Howson zeroed in on him at 31st overall.

After the conclusion of the first round, Howson admitted he had legitimate trade offers from two NHL clubs interested in the 31st pick, but said "there's a player there we really like." When NHL senior VP Jim Gregory let the Blue Jackets know they were on the clock, there was not much deliberation -- Dansk was their guy, and the second piece acquired this weekend geared to rebuilding the goaltending position in the organization.

"I feel like I have a good opportunity (in Columbus)," Dansk said. "I'm going to work hard now, but it's probably going to take some time, though. It could happen fast, too, you never. I'm just going to work hard every day and see how it goes.

"I'm really happy about it. My dream is always to come in (to the NHL) at 20, but I know it's a process and I'm willing to go through the process, however long it's going to take me."

The same feelings were shared by Joonas Korpisalo, a Finnish goaltender from the Jokerit organization. He was selected in the third round (62nd overall), making it back-to-back goalies for the Blue Jackets. Korpisalo is regarded as an athletic goalie who has experience in international tournaments, and has been a successful player for his junior club in Jokerit.

Korpisalo posted a 2.04 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and four shutouts this year and, like Dansk, could be on his way to Canadian major junior hockey this fall. Both players are slated to be included in the CHL Import Draft in the coming weeks, where their next destinations will likely be revealed.

"When they announced my name, I was so excited," Korpisalo said. "To be drafted to a team and a city like Columbus, it's unbelievable. I feel great because I know I can be the No. 1 goalie there, so yeah, I feel pretty good. That's what I have to do, and being the No. 1 goalie and winning the Stanley Cup...that's the dream."

Howson said he would welcome the decision of both goaltenders to come to North America and play junior hockey. And though the Blue Jackets have added to their goaltending depth this weekend, he said there's more work to be done on that front.

"We're well-stocked," Howson said. "They're both obviously young kids, but I know Oscar wants to come and play junior hockey. I haven't talked to Joonas yet about what he wants to do. If he wanted to do that, they can both come over and play.

"We need to add more goalies, two more pros. We certainly need another goalie that can play in the NHL, that would give us competition at that spot for this year."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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