WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Connor Carrick #58 of the Washington Capitals batles for the puck against Matt Ellis #37 of the Buffalo Sabres in the first period during an NHL game at Verizon Center on January 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via 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