The 2003 Entry Draft was unique, at least with the first overall pick. For only the second time since 1968 – and the third time in history – the first overall pick was used to select a goaltender, as the Pittsburgh Penguins traded up to the top selection and selected Cape Breton goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Held at the then-named Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21-22, the 2003 Draft saw the Carolina Panthers select Peterborough Petes center Eric Stall second and the Florida Panthers pick Oshawa Generals center Nathan Horton third overall, before the Blue Jackets selected CSKA Moscow right wing Nikolai Zherdev with the fourth pick. University of Minnesota left wing Thomas Vanek was taken fifth overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2003 ENTRY DRAFT PICKS
|Player ||Position ||Round ||Overall ||Team |
|Nikolai Zherdev ||RW || |
|4 ||CSKA (Russia) |
|Dan Fritsche ||C ||2 ||46* ||Sarnia (OHL) |
|Dmitry Kosmachev ||D ||3 ||71 ||CSKA (Russia) |
|Kevin Jarman ||LW ||4 ||103# ||Stouffville (Ontario Jr. A) |
|Philippe Dupuis ||C ||4 ||104 ||Hull (QMJHL) |
|Arsi Piispanen ||RW ||5 ||138+ ||Jokerit (Finland) |
|Marc Methot ||D ||6 ||168+ ||London (OHL) |
|Alexander Guskov ||D ||7 ||200 ||Yaroslavl (Russia) |
|Mathieu Gravel ||LW ||8 ||233 ||Shawinigan (QMJHL) |
|Trevor Hendrikx ||D ||9 ||283^ ||Peterborough (OHL) |
* Acquired from Chicago
# Acquired from Pittsburgh
+ Acquired from Carolina
^ Acquired from Los Angeles
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT – MARC METHOT, DEFENSEMAN (6th round, 168th overall pick)
Marc Methot took a more common path to the NHL of those players selected in the NHL Draft. However, he took the path of most first, second or third round picks, not that of a sixth round selection. The majority of sixth round picks do not make their NHL debut in their second professional season.
After being drafted in the sixth round, 168th overall, Methot returned to his junior team, the London Knights, for two seasons and closed out his three-year Ontario Hockey League career with eight goals and 34 assists for 42 points, 200 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +91 in 198 career games. He set career highs with 4-12-16, 88 penalty minutes and was +52 in 67 games in 2004-05.
In 2005-06, he made his professional debut with the Blue Jackets American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. He notched 2-11-13, 75 penalty miutes and was + 4 in 70 games. The next season proved to be a memorable one for Methot. After opening the season with Syracuse, he got the call to the NHL and made his debut against Nashville on February 25. Less than a week later he picked up his first NHL point with an assist on a Sergei Fedorov goal at Dallas on March 2. He also was +2 in the game. He played in 20 games for Columbus that season and had 0-4-4, 12 penalty minutes and was +5 in addition to the 1-15-16, 58 penalty minutes and +13 plus/minus rating in 59 games with Syracuse.
Despite putting up good numbers in Syracuse in 2007-08 – 7-6-13, 130 penalty minutes and was +10 in 66 games – Methot was limited to just nine games with the Blue Jackets. He helped the Crunch come with a game of qualifying for the Western Division Final and had 0-6-6 and 14 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games. Those playoff games proved to be his last with the Crunch.
Methot broke through in 2008-09 and stuck with the Blue Jackets for the entire season after making the club out of training camp. He set career highs with 4-13-17, 55 penalty minutes and was +7 in 66 games. Early in the season, he scored the first goal of his NHL career and added an assist for his first multi-point game at Nashville on October 18. He helped the Blue Jackets make their Stanley Cup Playoffs debut and played his first playoff game in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal at Detroit on April 16.
Methot completed his second full season with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10 and despite missing 19 games due to injury, he pushed his career totals to 6-23-29, 126 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +3 in 155 NHL games.
BOYD ON METHOT"Methot has been a winner everywhere he's been and won the Memorial Cup with London. He is committed to being the best player possibile and that was a reason we selected Marc. He's had success in the AHL and has now proven he is a National Hockey League defenseman."
Blue Jackets Director of Hockey Operations and Player Personnel Don Boyd joined the organization in 1999 as director of amateur scouting. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, he has spent the past 30 years as a general manager, coach and scout in the NHL, NCAA and Canadian Hockey League.