A Look Back at the Draft: 2007
Draft in Columbus produced a potential star in Voracek
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
|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)
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.