COLUMBUS -- The prospects cupboard is far from bare for the Columbus Blue Jackets thanks in part to six first-round picks in the past three NHL drafts.
The abundance of young talent enabled the Blue Jackets to make a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks to acquire forward Brandon Saad on June 30. Rookie forward Marko Dano (No. 27, 2013 NHL Draft) was sent to the Blackhawks along with three other players for the two-time Stanley Cup winner.
The Blue Jackets still have a wealth of prospects at forward but aren't as deep on the defensive side.
Goaltender Anton Forsberg (No. 188, 2011) was an American Hockey League all-star last season but struggled (0-4-0, 4.69 goals-against average) for the Blue Jackets when injuries struck goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney.
With McElhinney under contract for two more years, Forsberg will be given time to develop.
Here are the Blue Jackets' top five prospects, according to NHL.com: