I-71 Report: Draft and Development

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The 2016 NHL Draft was held this past weekend at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. The Columbus Blue Jackets first pick was third overall where they selected Cape Breton forward Pierre-Luc Dubois. Columbus followed that up with the selections of Andrew Peeke at 34 overall, Vitaly Abramov at 65, Peter Thome at 155, and Calvin Thurkauf at 185. It was also announced Saturday that the Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Scott Harrington and a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for left wing Kerby Rychel. 

The Blue Jackets are currently holding their annual prospect development camp, which began today and runs through Thursday, June 30th. The camp consists of on-ice practice sessions that are open to the public and will finish with a 3-on-3 Tournament on Thursday.  The tournament will stream live HERE.

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Along with all five 2016 NHL Draft picks, some other familiar names will be participating including Sonny Milano and Justin Scott.  The Monsters coaching staff, led by head coach Jared Bednar, will be in attendance, helping to lead the on-ice portions of the camp. VIEW FULL ROSTER.

It was also announced Saturday that the Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Scott Harrington and a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for left wing Kerby Rychel.

The puck will drop on the Blue Jackets 2016-17 season on October 13th against the Boston Bruins. The 82-game schedule features 41 home games at Nationwide Arena.

From BlueJackets.com some highlights of the home schedule include:

Oct. 15 vs. San Jose Sharks (lone visit by reigning Western Conference champions)

Oct. 21 vs. Chicago Blackhawks (lone visit by former Central Division rival; 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup champions)

Nov. 4 and Dec. 23 vs. Montreal Canadiens (24-time Stanley Cup champions)

Nov. 15 and Apr. 2 vs. Washington Capitals (Alex Ovechkin and reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners)

Nov. 18, Jan. 7 and Feb. 13 (Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Metropolitan Division rivals)

Dec. 20 vs. Los Angeles Kings (2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup champions)

Dec. 22 and Feb. 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Sidney Crosby and defending Stanley Cup champions)

Feb. 11 vs. Detroit Red Wings (Lone visit by former Central Division rivals)

Feb. 19 vs. Nashville Predators (Lone visit by former Central Division rivals)