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Blue Jackets draft Powell, Ohio native Carson Meyer

Meyer, a 19-year-old right wing from Powell, was drafted 179th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Carson Meyer started ice skating the year the Blue Jackets franchise joined the NHL. Growing up, the Blue Jackets were his favorite team. Saturday, he became a Blue Jacket himself.

Meyer, a 19-year-old right wing from Powell, was drafted 179th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

"It's unbelievable," Meyer said. "I don't know how to put it in words right now, I'm speechless. The Jackets are a huge reason why I started playing hockey in the first place. I grew up going to all their games so this is an awesome feeling."

Meyer now adds his name to a growing list of NHL-drafted players from Central Ohio. He grew up playing hockey with fellow Jacket prospect, Kole Sherwood who hails from New Albany. Dublin native Sean Kuraly currently plays in the Boston Bruins organization; Winnipeg Jet Jack Roslovic is from Columbus; and Dublin's Connor Murphy played over three seasons with the Arizona Coyotes before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

These central Ohio players all played in the AAA Blue Jackets organization led by Ed Gingher.

"I know what Ed's doing with the Blue Jackets organization," Meyer said. "There's so much development the last few years. It's great to see hockey really growing in Columbus."

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Blue Jackets select seven players on day two of 2017 NHL Draft

Jackets select five forwards, including Powell, Ohio native and former Ohio AAA Blue Jacket Carson Meyer in sixth round

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

CHICAGO - The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up the 2017 National Hockey League Draft by selecting seven players during rounds two through seven at United Center in Chicago. During the two-day draft, the Jackets selected five forward, along with a defenseman and goaltender.

The Blue Jackets acquired a second round selection, 45th overall, from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for 2015 third round pick Keegan Kolesar. With that pick, Columbus used its first selection of the NHL Draft on Grenoble (France) center Alexandre Texier. The St. Martin D'Heres, France native captured the Jean-Pierre Graff Trophy as the French League's Best Young Player in 2016-17 after notching 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points with 69 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games and adding 5-5-10 and 12 penalty minutes in 12 playoffs contests with Grenoble. 

Texier, 17, also skated for France at the IIHF D1A U18 and World Junior Championships in 2017, helping the country to a bronze medal at the Junior tournament and being named the U18's best forward in helping win gold. He posted 63-52-115 in 42 career games with Grenoble's U18 team from 2013-16, including 40-30-70 and 26 penalty minutes in 17 games in 2015-16. He also added 9-8-17 in 11 games with Grenoble's U22 team that season.

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Jackets get big offensive boost with the addition of Artemi Panarin

Panarin joins the Jackets along with Tyler Motte in exchange for Brandon Saad, goaltender, Anton Forsberg

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets boosted their offensive fire power Friday when they added 25-year-old Artemi Panarin to the roster via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Panarin joins the Jackets along with 22-year-old forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round draft pick in the 2017 Draft in exchange for Brandon Saad, goaltender, Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick.

Panarin has produced 74 or more points in each of the last two seasons, his first two years in the NHL. His 151 total points ties him for 7th overall in the NHL with Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn, Nicolas Backstrom, Erik Karlsson and Blake Wheeler in that same two-year span.

Panarin was the 2015-16 NHL Rookie of the Year. He led all first-year players in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. He played for bronze medal winning Team Russia in the 2017 IIHF World Championships and represented his country in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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Blue Jackets acquire center Jordan Schroeder from Minnesota

Schroeder has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points in 144 career NHL games

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jordan Schroeder from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Dante Salituro, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Schroeder, 26, has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points with 10 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 144 career NHL games with the Wild and Vancouver Canucks since making his NHL debut in 2012-13. He has added 77-118-195 in 292 career AHL games with the Iowa Wild, Utica Comets, Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose.

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Jackets acquire Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and draft pick from Chicago

Trade is in exchange for left wing Brandon Saad and goaltender Anton Forsberg

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Artemi Panarin, a 2016-17 Second Team NHL All-Star and NHL Rookie of the Year in 2015-16, left wing Tyler Motte and a sixth round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for left wing Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

"Artemi Panarin was the best rookie in the NHL two years ago, a second team All-Star this past season and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NHL," said Kekalainen. "There is a cost to adding a player like Artemi, as well as a very good NHL prospect in Tyler Motte, but we believe this is a very good move for our team. We wish Brandon and Anton well and thank them for their contributions to our organization."

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Games to get ready for in the 2017-18 season

The Jackets have 41 games at home and on the road, as well as 28 games against Metro Division opponents

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The 2017-18 NHL regular season schedule was released Thursday, and with the Blue Jackets looking to build on the success of last season and make a return trip to the playoffs, let's take a look at the road that lies ahead.

The Jackets have 41 games at home and 41 games on the road, 28 games against Metro Division opponents, and 47 games on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 24 of those weekend matchups are on home ice at Nationwide Arena.

Here's how each month shapes up.

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Jackets sign center Alex Broadhurst to one-year, two way extension

Broadhurst posted 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 52 AHL games last season

by Bluejackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Columbus, Oh - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alex Broadhurst to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract extension through the 2017-18 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Broadhurst, 24, posted 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points with 23 penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating in 52 games with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters this past season. He finished tied for seventh on the team in goals, assists and points.

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Adidas uniform an improvement for the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets uniform offers minimal, sleek style changes that align more directly with the team's identity

by Allie Dosmann / BlueJackets.com

On Tuesday night, all 31 NHL teams revealed their new adidas uniforms. The Blue Jackets uniform offers minimal, sleek style changes that align more directly with the team's identity. The material is a huge bonus, as it incorporates adidas' innovative technology to maximize comfort and flexibility for the athletes on the ice.

This technology is specifically focused on making the jerseys lighter, cooler and stronger. These are all key advantages for the athletes. They are 19% lighter than the previous NHL jerseys, which is actually a pretty noticeable difference. The material is 133% more permeable, but still 72% tougher in abrasion testing.

All of this amounts to a very unique material. The jerseys feel like high quality athletic gear. There's no mistaking the new luxurious feel.

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Blue Jackets win big in Vegas

Nick Foligno, Sergei Bobrovsky and John Tortorella will all take hardware back to Columbus

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The city of Las Vegas has a reputation that if you play hard, and have a little luck, you can win big. That's a theory the Blue Jackets won't be disputing any time soon. The Jackets sent four representatives, the most of any NHL team, to this year's NHL Awards and came away with four honors, also the most of any team. They leave Vegas with hardware for the League's best goaltender, best coach, the Mark Messier Leadership Award and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

"When people are up for an award it is the mention of teammates and things like that which is gigantic," John Davidson said. "For us as the organization, working to stabilize the organization and trying to build a base and have us be in the hunt year after year, to see this happen the way it has you can say 'you know what? Things are going in the right direction.'"

 As any good leader should do, captain Nick Foligno started off the team's winning ways. Foligno doubled down by winning the Messier Award and King Clancy Trophy in acknowledgement of his leadership on and off the ice over the past season. Foligno is the first NHL player to win both awards in the same year.

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