LOS ANGELES – The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up their 11th National Hockey League Entry Draft on Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. After taking center Ryan Johansen with the fourth pick of Friday's first round, Columbus selected seven players during rounds two through seven June 26, 2010.
"Our goal coming into the draft was to add quality prospects to our organizational roster and we believe we accomplished that with the eight players we selected," said club General Manager Scott Howson. "Our scouting staff worked very hard this year and those efforts paid off with a draft class that has the potential to be very good in the future."
Columbus used its first pick of the second round to select left wing Dalton Smith with the 34th overall pick. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Markham, Ontario registered 21 goals and 23 assists for 44 points, had 129 penalty minutes and was +20 in 62 games with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League last season. He led the club in penalty minutes and ranked fourth in goals. In 79 career OHL games, he has tallied 23-28-51, 137 penalty minutes and a +18 cumulative plus/minus rating.
With their second pick of the second round, the Blue Jackets tabbed right wing Petr Straka with the 55th overall pick. The Plzen, Czech Republic native collected 28-36-64 and 54 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2009-10. He was tops among QMJHL rookies in points and was named QMJHL Rookie of the Year, selected to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team and played in the 2010 Top Prospects Game. He also represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships and tallied two penalty minutes in six games.
Columbus used its first pick of the fourth round to select Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Brandon Archibald with the 94th overall pick. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Michigan, he registered 5-28-33 and 81 penalty minutes in 68 games and was selected to play in the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game. The club then selected Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) goaltender Mathieu Corbeil with the 102nd overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 192-pound native of Montreal, Quebec went 8-39-0 with a 3.83 goals-against average and .883 save percentage in 50 games.
The Blue Jackets used the 124th pick of the fifth round to select defenseman Austin Madaisky of the Kamloops Blazers (WHL). He combined to score 7-20-27 and 74 penalty minutes in 65 games with Kamloops and Calgary to rank third among Kamloops defensemen in points and was selected to play in the 2010 CHL Top Prospects game.
In the sixth round, Columbus used the 154th overall pick to select defenseman Dalton Prout. The LaSalle, Ontario native recorded 7-14-21, 121 penalty minutes and was +26 in 63 games with Barrie (OHL) as he tied for second among club defensemen in goals and third in points. Columbus used its seventh round pick, 184th overall, to select Kimball Union High School (NH) goaltender Martin Ouellette. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound native of Saint-Jerome, Quebec appeared in 27 games and had a 1.61 GAA and .925 save percentage. He was named to the NEPSAC All-New England Team and has committed to play at the University of Maine in the fall.
BLUE JACKETS 2010 ENTRY DRAFT RECAP: Round (Overall): 1 (4) – C Ryan Johansen, Portland (WHL); 2 (34) – LW Dalton Smith, Ottawa (OHL); 2 (55 from Buffalo) – RW Petr Straka, Rimouski (QMJHL); 4 (94) – D Brandon Archibald, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); 4 (102 from Anaheim) – G Mathieu Corbeil, Halifax (QMJHL); 5 (124) – D Austin Madaisky, Kamloops (WHL); 6 (154) – D Dalton Prout, Barrie (OHL); 7 (184) – G Martin Ouellette, Kimball Union (High-NH).