Dillon Heatherington selected at No. 50 overall

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 7:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today



COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After making a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Blue Jackets moved back in the second round and acquired a third-round selection that they previously did not have.

Columbus moved the No. 44 pick to the Penguins in exchange for picks No. 50 and No. 89 in this year's draft, and with the 50th pick, selected defenseman Dillon Heatherington of the Swift Current Broncos.

Heatherington is a big kid at 6-foot-3 and 196 lbs., and is regarded as a defending defenseman who can make a solid first pass out of the zone.

The Blue Jackets know Heatherington's game well; director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright spends a lot of time in western Canada (he lives there, and does a lot of scouting in the region) and has seen Heatherington up close.

Wright played his junior hockey in Swift Current and has strong ties to the organization, as does Blue Jackets scout Andy Schneider - who was an assistant coach for the Broncos before joining Columbus' scouting staff.

Heatherington checked in at No. 44 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings for North American skaters and finished the draft year at No. 31. Scouts like his ability to neutralize opponents and use his size to separate players from the puck as well as his passing.

An update from earlier: all three Blue Jackets' first-round picks (Wennberg, Rychel, Dano) said they plan to be at the club's upcoming development camp. Full details on development camp will be forthcoming at a later date.

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