MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Right wing Alex Kovalev #27 of the Ottawa Senators during the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on October 17, 2009 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/OSA Images/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