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2011 NHL Entry Draft to be Held this Friday and Saturday at XCEL Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets hold the rights to seven picks, including the eighth overall pick of the first round, at the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which will be held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The first round of the draft will begin at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Friday, June 24, with rounds 2-7 held on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.



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

1st Round No. 8
2nd Round No. 37
3rd Round No. 68
4th Round No. 98
5th Round No. 128
6th Round No. 158
7th Round No. 188

The 2011 Entry Draft will be Columbus’ 12th 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
2010 (No. 4) Ryan Johansen, Center

Website Coverage: Log on to BlueJackets.com, the club’s official web site, for complete draft coverage - Blue Jackets Draft Central. Blue Jackets television play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer will be reporting from St. Paul 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 2011 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 1460 ESPN starting at 7 p.m. In addition, Jeff Rimer will contribute analysis and interviews direct from St. Paul. The festivities are headlined by player appearances by Matt Calvert, Derek MacKenzie and 2010 first-round draft pick, Ryan Johansen, who will be on hand to sign autographs and participate in the Select-A-Seat Open House where fans can check out available seat locations for ticket plans starting at less than $15 per game for the 2011-12 season and talk to ticket representatives. 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 and draft party food and beverage specials.

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