NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks stretches during warmups prior to playing in his 1000th NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 21, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp