At the NHL level, Columbus possesses two kinds of players in spades: tough, skilled defensemen and undersized, talented forwards. Not much changes when the focus shifts to the prospect pipeline. Ryan Murray, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, leads a group of NHL-ready blueliners, and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is a 5-foot-9 speedster with the ability to score in bunches.
With so much talent waiting in the wings and question marks at the NHL level, expect the Blue Jackets to be calling on players from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield early and often in 2012-13.
Let's take a look at the Jackets' top 10 prospects.