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Live updates as the Blue Jackets go through day two of the NHL draft

Columbus drafts Swedish D Hjorth, Russian F Voronkov in fourth round

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

5:25 p.m. ET: The Blue Jackets have finished the NHL draft by taking Windsor (OHL) forward Tyler Angle at No. 212 overall in the seventh round. 

Angle had a 20-24-44 line in 54 games last year for the Spitfires. The 5-9 forward also had three goals in four playoff games. 

We'll talk to Blue Jackets brass shortly and have a full report for Vancouver. Next up: Development camp, which sees on-ice work begin Tuesday and finishes Friday with the annual 3-on-3 tournament. Hope to see you at the Ice Haus!

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3:33 p.m. ET: Columbus has made its second pick of the fourth round, tabbing Russian forward Dmitri Voronkov at No. 114 overall. 

Voronkov played in three regular-season games in the KHL last year and one playoff game without a point for Ak Bars Kazan and added a 7-7-14 line in 50 games at the second-tier VHL rather than playing at the junior level. He's a second-year eligible player with good size at 6-foot-3 and a physical nature.

The Athletic's prospects guru Corey Pronman had him listed at No. 45 overall on his ranking of prospects, while NHL's Central Scouting had him as the No. 50 European skater. 

Tweet from @coreypronman: CBJ picks Dmitri Voronkov. 

3:18 p.m. ET: We finally have a new Blue Jacket as Columbus has selected Swedish right-shot defenseman Eric Hjorth with the No. 104 overall pick in the NHL Draft.

Hjorth suffered a torn ACL a year ago and didn't play much of the year but checks in with good size at 6-foot-3. He is in the Linköping system and has shown some offensive ability at the U-18 level in Sweden, and has played in seven games at the U-20 SuperElit level.

Columbus will be back on the clock with pick 114.

Tweet from @EricHjorth: A dream come true to be a part of @BlueJacketsNHL can���t wait to get things going😎

2:37 p.m. ET: The Blue Jackets have finally made a move at the NHL Draft -- trading down out of the third round for more picks later in the draft.

The club has sent its No. 81 overall pick to Florida in exchange for a pair of fourth rounders -- Nos. 104 and 114 overall. 

It gives the team the chance to add more than just two players in this draft, though it costs the team its highest remaining pick.

Come the fourth round, we'll see what the Blue Jackets are able to do with a pair of choices. Considering research has shown there's little difference in the value of draft picks as you move lower in the selection process, there is something to be said for more rolls of the dice later the draft. 

2:10 p.m. ET: The second round of the draft has concluded and the Blue Jackets did not move up into it, so two rounds and 62 picks have come and gone without a Columbus pick. 

The good news is the Union Blue is now represented on the big board as it flips over to the third round. Columbus is slotted to pick 81st overall. 

12:52 p.m. ET: Even before the draft begins, things have gotten interesting in the Metropolitan Division in which the Blue Jackets reside. 

First, the Carolina Hurricanes made a deal with Toronto to acquire veteran forward Patrick Marleau as well as a 2020 or '21 first-round pick. There have been reports the Canes plan to buy out Marleau, but GM Don Waddell told reporters that his team will talk to the 39-year-old, who has played in 21 NHL seasons and has a 551-615-1,166 line in 1,657 career games.

In addition, the New Jersey Devils -- one day after taking record-setting U.S. forward Jack Hughes at No. 1 overall -- made a splash Saturday with a deal that netted the team PK Subban in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies and two second-round picks. The recognizable defenseman saw his production fall last year -- he went from 16 goals and 59 points in 2017-18 to nine and 31, respectively, last year -- but remains a star in the NHL.

With that, the second round is set to get under way shortly. In a few short hours, the Blue Jackets will have some new players in the organization either through draft picks or trades. Let the fun begin. 

11:58 a.m. ET: Day two of the 2019 NHL draft is here, and after general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his staff merely had a front-row seat during Friday's first round, the Blue Jackets will make some picks in rounds two through seven Saturday.

As the day begins, Columbus has just two picks -- No. 81 overall in round three and No. 212 overall in round seven -- but Kekalainen has spoken over the past month about trying to acquire more picks as he looks to add more prospects to the team's system.

Picks begin at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. out here in lovely Cascadia), so stay tuned throughout the day right here to see what happens.

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