Columbus Blue Jackets 2018 – Development Camp, Prospect and Draft Updates
Thanks for joining us for our July 31-in-31 series! Every day this month we will be taking a look at how each team fared in the NHL Entry Draft, as well as checking in on incoming/outgoing prospects and Development Camp notes. Check back every day for a new team profile, and next month when we begin the August 31-in-31 series diving more into prospect depth charts.
Since becoming the GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013, Jarmo Kekäläinen has cultivated a culture of growing his organization via the draft. During an interview on the draft floor, the GM was elated regarding their selections. Kekäläinen stated he considered picking Kirill Marchenko with his 18th pick as the prospect was ranked as a first-rounder by the Columbus scouts. Marcus Karlberg is a smaller feisty forward with huge upside. Tim Berni played solidly against men in the Swiss league. Veini Vehvilainen is considered ready for North America but is under contract for another year playing for Kärpät of the Finish league. Lastly, Trey Fix-Wolanksy is a tireless worker with a lot of skill and has been a constant riser. The Columbus Blue Jackets scouting team has watched their selections in over 200 games during their young careers and are very satisfied with the results of the draft. Read more on the selections bellow.
Round 1 – 18th Overall: Liam Foudy, LW
Although Liam Foudy was a first-rounder by the OHL’s London Knights in 2016, he only really broke out during the second half of the 17-18 season. After an underwhelming first campaign for the Knights, Foudy had 24 goals and 40 points in 65 games. He will join Canada’s U18 team and should be given a larger role this fall for London. Foudy is considered one of the best skaters from the OHL’s draft eligible group. He is creative, can control the puck at high speeds, and has tremendous skill and poise. Before making the jump to the NHL, Foudy will need round out his game a little more. He is a scoring forward with a high ceiling.
Round 2 – 49th Overall: Kirill Marchenko, LW
Kirill Marchenko had an disappointing season in the MHL with 8 goals and 16 points in 31 games. However his playoff and international performances kept his stock from falling. Marchenko was considered to be outstanding in multiple Under-18 Russian tournaments, the Five Nations tournament and a star at the IIHF Under-18s where he scored three goals and six points in five games. He has the potential to be a top-six forward in the NHL. He needs to work on his defensive and physical game but has solid skating and hands. Marchenko is definitely a boom or bust candidate.
Round 3 – 80th Overall: Marcus Karlberg, RW
Marcus Karlberg is a fast and skilled forward who generates scoring chances. He scored 47 points in 39 games last season in Sweden’s top junior tier finishing fourth in points-per-game average. A diminutive forward at 5-7, Karlberg is a pest who battles hard in the corners. In today’s NHL size is far less important as star players with similar stature jockey to lead the league in points. Next year he will