DRAFT CENTRAL: That's A Wrap

Monday, 06.25.2012 / 10:59 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Draft Central

What a week!

First off, before we get things started on the blog, my many thanks go out to the people of Pittsburgh, the Penguins, and the National Hockey League for making the 2012 NHL Draft a great experience for all involved. We were fortunate to have great weather (which always helps), but those in charge of putting on the event did a tremendous job. I'm already looking forward to next year's draft in New Jersey -- but not before we get to roll out the red carpet in January for the All-Star Game here in Columbus!

Now, on to business.

I got the sense from Scott Howson and the Blue Jackets staff (both before and after the draft) that they were going into the weekend with an aggressive mentality toward filling needs in the organization. Top of the list, as Howson has said many times, was the goaltending position. That doesn't simply mean players at the NHL level -- the club needed top-end prospects that can develop into No. 1 goaltenders in the next few years.

After the team opted to let Mathieu Corbeil go back into the draft pool (and he was not selected in this year's draft), it was clear they were going after goaltenders.

By all accounts, and from those I talked to, the sense is the Blue Jackets got two very solid prospects at goaltender -- and Oscar Dansk (31st overall) was their top-rated netminder. Many mock drafts had Dansk going in the first round, and after Howson said there was a player at No. 31 they "really like," you got the feeling it was Dansk.

Oscar Dansk meets CBJ director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright at the NHL Draft.

Joonas Korpisalo could be a sleeper for the Blue Jackets. Dansk may be the guy who gets more of the attention because of where he was selected, but Korpisalo has a ton of raw, natural ability and says he likes to model his game after fellow Finn netminder Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. Korpisalo is 6-foot-3 and regarded as a quick-footed, athletic goalie who makes efficient movements between the pipes. Like Dansk, he's likely a few years away from the NHL, but Howson said both goaltenders could play in Canadian junior hockey this season.

Blue Jackets fans will get a close-up look at all of this year's draft picks when Development Camp begins on July 3 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. BlueJackets.com and JacketsTV will have you covered wall-to-wall once the sessions begin -- and don't forget, the practices are open to the public. So come down to the Arena District and get a glimpse of the future in the Blue Jackets organization!

On the pro side, things will start to heat up as we get closer to the start of NHL free agency. Howson got out ahead of the game by trading draft picks to the Flyers for Sergei Bobrovsky, who is going to come into training camp with an opportunity to compete for the No. 1 goaltender's job. The scouting report on "Bob" is that he's got a lot of talent, and has playoff experience while with the Flyers -- and posted some impressive numbers during the 2010-11 season when he got ample playing time.

Howson said the team still plans to add another goaltender that can play in the NHL once free agency opens, so we'll keep track of that as news develops. July 1 falls on a Sunday this year, so kick back, relax, and follow our coverage on BlueJackets.com as soon as the clock strikes noon and the "frenzy" is under way. I'll be speaking with Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards and goaltending coach Ian Clark today about the acquisition of Bobrovsky, so look for a story on the site either tonight or tomorrow morning.

Again, thank you for reading our coverage all week long from Pittsburgh, and for interacting with us on Twitter @BlueJacketsNHL. Stay tuned as we bring you all the #CBJ news throughout the offseason, as we get set for the 2012-13 season!

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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