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Blue Jackets 2015 Draft Review

Every year, I like to do a recap of the Blue Jackets’ draft picks, both to get a better sense of the prospects coming into the system of the team on my beat as well as honing my own prognosticating skills. Two years ago I pegged third round pick Oliver Bjorkstrand as a potential steal and noted that Marko Dano (27th overall) was a better selection than Kerby Rychel (19th overall), and both of those predictions are looking pretty good so far, especially after Chicago insisted that Dano be the centerpiece of the Brandon Saad trade. My full writeups on the Jackets’ 2013 and 2014 draft classes are on the old Rotowire blog if you want to take a gander. Now, it’s time for 2015:

NHL Entry Draft Day Observations and Oddities

Friday was draft day for some and daft day for others (I’m talking to you, Don Sweeney). Here are a few highlights (and oddities) for me:

  • Bruins’ general manager Don Sweeney — driven and decisive, or just compensating for something small? Wow. I actually thought there was something strategic going on with those trades and the resulting three consecutive picks. Nope.
  • Peter Chiarelli is everything that Craig MacTavish has never been. Stable. Clever. Strategic. Glory is returning to the Oil Patch sooner rather than later.

Lew’s Clues – Chicago Makes Me Eat Crow

No, I didn’t literally eat crow (Who has? Has anyone ever tried it? Maybe it is delicious!).

HOWEVER 

– I wrote that you could “bet” on the Lightning to win the Cup all the way back at the beginning of the Second Round. Lew’s Clues predictions for both conferences was nearly 100 percent…nearly. The only round that I whiffed was Anaheim versus Chicago. I put too much faith in Frederik Andersen and too little faith in Corey Crawford: more on that later. I will just refer to Mr. Crawford as “CC” from here on out as well.

– Again, if you followed Lew’s Clues for this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs; you would know that I was wrong about who would win the Cup. There – I said it. Chicago and CC have this NHL blogger eating crow. Actually it will have me paying for a dinner bill from a friendly bet that I lost on the series. I hope crow is cheap!

HERE IS WHY I WAS WRONG ABOUT THE LIGHTNING WINNING THE CUP…

Three Cups In Six Years — Chicago Wins … Again

Just a few things that caught my eye:

  • One of Patrick Kane or Steven Stamkos had to show up for their team to win. One did. One didn’t.
  • Duncan Keith. What a horse. His Conn Smythe was unanimous … as it bloody well should be.
  • Three in six. That’s a nice ratio. It’s not exactly a dynasty, but it’s as close as it’ll come in this cap era. Wait — it is a dynasty. Gary Bettman says so.

Stanley Cup Final: All Knotted Up

Just a few things that caught my eye:

  • Jonathan Toews scored his first career goal in a Stanley Cup Final. Yes — you read that right. Pretty remarkable, eh?!
  • NBC sports boss Mark Lazarus has become the butt of the Twitter-verse and sports radio over the last 24 hours because of “Beardgate.” Is it because he’s worried that the lumber-sexual trend is truly over? Or is it simply because he can’t even outgrow Sidney Crosby’s feeble fuzz?