Willie O'Ree, the first black player to play in the NHL, is introduced for a ceremonial puck drop prior to a game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers on February 9, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. February is Hockey is for Everyone Month as the NHL recognizes the expanding diversity of its players and fans. (Photo by Al Bello/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