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A Look Back at the Draft: 2007

Draft in Columbus produced a potential star in Voracek

Monday, 06.21.2010 / 3:52 PM / Features
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

2007 Entry Draft

The Blue Jackets eighth Entry Draft took place right here at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on June 22-23, 2007.

The Chicago Blackhawks held the first selection in the draft and selected Patrick Kane. The second pick was held by the Philadelphia Flyers, who selected US National Development Team winger James van Riemsdyk. Phoenix held the third overall pick and chose Burnaby Express product Kyle Turris.

The Blue Jackets held the seventh overall pick and tabbed right winger Jakub Voracek of the Halifax Mooseheads.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2007 ENTRY DRAFT PICKS

Player Position Round Overall Team
Jake Voracek RW

1

7 Halifax (QMJHL)
Stefan Legein RW 3 37 Mississauga (OHL)
Will Weber D 3 53* Gaylord, MI (US-HS)
Jake Hansen RW/LW 5 68 Sioux Falls (USHL)
Maksim Mayorov RW/LW 5 94@ Leninogorsk (Russia)
Allen York G 5 158 Camrose (AJHL)
Trent Vogelhuber RW 6 211# St. Louis (NAHL)

* Acquired from San Jose
@ Acquired from
Dallas
# Acquired from Anaheim (conditional)


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT – JAKE VORACEK, RIGHT WING (1st round, 7th overall pick)

Jakub Voracek

Selected in the 1st round, 7th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Jakub Voracek is an explosive skater, with dynamic offensive ability. He is part of the foundation for the young Jackets attack for the future. In his very first game with the Blue Jackets, he recorded his first goal and first assist.

The Czech winger had an impressive rookie season in 2006-07 with the Halifax Mooseheads, where in 59 games he recorded 23-63-86. Voracek won a pair of QMJHL trophies, including the Michel Bergeron Trophy for Best Offensive Rookie and the RDS Trophy for Rookie of the Year, along with other monthly awards for offensive performance.

In 2007-08, Voracek continued where he left off and was one of the most dominant performers in the entire QMJHL. Voracek was the most powerful weapon on a very talented Halifax Mooseheads team. He was third in the entire league in points. In 53 games, he recorded 33-68-101, leading the Mooseheads to the best record in the Eastern Division. In the playoffs, he recorded 5-13-18 in 15 games. Voracek was named a QMJHL Second Team All-Star. He also represented Czech Republic at the U20 WJC in January, where he finished as the team’s top scorer.

Voracek became a staple in the Blue Jacket offense during his first two seasons with the club. In 2008-09, his rookie season, he notched 9-29-38, 44 penalty minutes and a +11 in 80 games with Columbus. He ranked second among NHL rookies in assists, eighth (tied) in plus/minus rating and 10th (tied) in points. He also registered his first playoff point by recording the assist on the first goal of the Blue Jackets’ playoffs. In 2009-10, he notched 16-34-50, 26 penalty minutes in 81 games with Columbus. He ranked third (tied) on the club in assists and fifth in points. He also set career highs in goals, assists, points, and games played. Voracek will be looked upon to continue his successes for this young Blue Jackets attack.

BOYD ON VORACEK

"We're expecting big things from Jake. He's a quality player and has certain ingredients that every player in the league would love to have in their game. Jake has an infectuous personality and an appetite for the game. He's still very young, but is coming off a breakout season in the NHL."

Blue Jackets Director of Hockey Operations and Player Personnel Don Boyd joined the organization in 1999 as director of amateur scouting. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, he has spent the past 30 years as a general manager, coach and scout in the NHL, NCAA and Canadian Hockey League.

SCHEDULE

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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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