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2009 NHL Entry Draft this Weekend at Bell Centre in Montreal

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets hold the rights to six picks, including the 16th overall pick in the first round, in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which will be held at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The first round of the draft will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26, with rounds 2-7 held on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 10 a.m. Below is a round by round look at the picks currently held by the Blue Jackets:


1st Round No. 16                 5th Round No. 137
2nd Round None                  6th Round No. 167
3rd Round No. 77                 7th Round No. 197
4th Round No. 94                                                   


The 2009 Entry Draft will be Columbus' 10th since becoming a member of the NHL. The club has selected the following players with their previous nine first round selections:

2000 (No. 4) Rostislav Klesla
2001 (No. 8) Pascal Leclaire
2002 (No.1) Rick Nash
2003 (No. 4) Nikolai Zherdev
2004 (No. 8) Alexandre Picard
2005 (No. 6) Gilbert Brule
2006 (No. 6) Derick Brassard
2007 (No. 7) Jakub Voracek
2008 (No. 6) Nikita Filatov


Website Coverage: Log on to, the club's official web site, or go to, for expanded draft coverage including prospect bios, profiles and video features. Blue Jackets television play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer will be reporting from Montreal beginning Thursday and will have interviews with Blue Jackets hockey operations personnel and draft picks on Friday. will also feature live audio coverage of the draft's second day beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Draft Party: The Blue Jackets will host their annual Entry Draft Party on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. on the floor of Nationwide Arena. Fans are invited to watch live television coverage of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on VERSUS while George Matthews and Bill Davidge, alongside Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan's Milan Jordan, will anchor the radio broadcast live on Sports Radio 1460 The Fan starting at 7 p.m. In addition, Jeff Rimer will contribute analysis and interviews direct from Montreal. The festivities are headlined by player appearances by 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger and Jared Boll, who will be on hand to sign autographs and participate in the Select-A-Seat Open House where fans may learn about opportunities regarding full and partial season ticket plans for the 2009-2010 season. A wide range of activities offered during the party include the following: tours of the Blue Jackets and visiting NHL locker rooms, photo opportunities in the penalty boxes, and alongside the cannon and Zambonis, street hockey for kids, merchandise and game-used equipment sale, silent auction of sports memorabilia benefiting the Blue Jackets Foundation and draft party food and beverage specials.

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