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2010 NHL Entry Draft Next Weekend at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets hold the rights to eight picks, including the fourth overall pick of the first round, at the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The first round of the draft will begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Friday, June 25, with rounds 2-7 held on Saturday, June 26, beginning at 10 a.m. PT.



Below is a round by round look at the picks currently held by the Blue Jackets:

1st Round No. 4
2nd Round No. 34, No. 55
3rd Round No picks
4th Round No. 94, No. 102
5th Round No. 124
6th Round No. 154
7th Round No. 184


The 2010 Entry Draft will be Columbus' 11th since becoming a member of the NHL. The club has selected the following players with their previous 10 first round selections:

2000 (No. 4) Rostislav Klesla, Defense
2001 (No. 8) Pascal Leclaire, Goaltender
2002 (No. 1) Rick Nash, Left Wing
2003 (No. 4) Nikolai Zherdev, Right Wing
2004 (No. 8) Alexandre Picard, Left Wing
2005 (No. 6) Gilbert Brule, Center
2006 (No. 6) Derick Brassard, Center
2007 (No. 7) Jakub Voracek, Right Wing
2008 (No. 6) Nikita Filatov, Left Wing
2009 (No. 21) John Moore, Defense


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

Draft Party: The Blue Jackets will host their annual Entry Draft Party on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. on the floor of Nationwide Arena. Fans are invited to watch live television coverage of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on VERSUS while George Matthews, Bob McElligott and Bill Davidge, alongside Blue Jackets Radio Network host Mark Wyant, 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 Los Angeles. The festivities are headlined by player appearances by Antoine Vermette, Derek Dorsett and 2009 first-round draft pick, John Moore, 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 2010-11 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, free public skating in the Dispatch Ice Haus from 5-7 p.m. and draft party food and beverage specials.

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