A Look Back at the Draft: 2008
Two years in, class developing quickly
2008 Entry Draft
The Blue Jackets ninth Entry Draft took place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario on June 20-21, 2008.
The Tampa Bay Lightning held the first selection in the draft and selected Sarnia Sting center Steven Stamkos. The second pick was held by the Los Angeles Kings, who selected Guelph Storm defenseman Drew Doughty. Atlanta held the third overall pick and chose Peterborough Petes defenseman Zach Bogosian. The Blue Jackets held the sixth overall pick and tabbed left winger Nikita Filatov of CSKA Moscow.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2008 ENTRY DRAFT PICKS
|Cody Goloubef||D||2||37||Wisconsin (WCHA)|
|Steve Delisle||D||4||107*||Gatineau (QMJHL)|
|Drew Olson||D||4||118@||Brainerd (US-HS)|
|Matt Calvert||LW||5||127||Brandon (WHL)|
|Tomas Kubalik||C/RW||5||135#||Plzen (Czech)|
|Brent Regner||D||5||137*||Vancouver (WHL)|
|Cam Atkinson||RW||6||157||Avon Old Farms (US-HS)|
|Sean Collins||LW||7||187||Waywayseecappo (MJHL)|
* Acquired from Boston
@ Acquired from Philadelphia
# Acquired from Carolina
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT – MATT CALVERT, RIGHT WING (5th round, 127th overall pick)
Selected in the 5th round, 127th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Matt Calvert is a very hard worker with great offensive instincts and a vast knowledge for the game. He is part of the foundation for the young Jackets' prospects of the future.
Calvert had an impressive rookie season in 2007-08 with the Brandon Wheat Kings, where in 72 games he recorded 24-40-64 with a plus/minus rating of 27. He finished the season, second on the team in total points and assists and first on the team in plus/minus rating.
In 2008-09, Calvert continued to be a threat in the offensive zone and was a part of the best line in the CHL. In only 58 games, he compiled 28-39-67 with a plus/minus rating of 10. He helped the Wheat Kings make it deep into the playoffs and in 12 playoff games recorded 9-8-17. He tied for most playoff goals on the team and was second in total points.
In 2009-10, Calvert returned to the Wheat Kings and had his strongest season yet. Playing in 68 games, he recorded 47-52-99, 70 penalty minutes and a +47 rating. In 15 playoff games, he also compiled 9-7-16 with 15 penalty minutes. He led the team in goals scored, playoff goals scored, and total points. He was second on the team in plus/minus rating and total playoff points. He also led the Brandon Wheat Kings to a second place finish in the 2010 Memorial Cup.
BOYD ON CALVERT"His career in the junior ranks has just grown and grown, culminating in a trip to the Memorial Cup Final as captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Matt has leadership skills and is a very driven player. He's got a motor that doesn't quit. We believe he is going to get an opportunity to play in the National Hockey League in the near future."
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.