COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up their eighth National Hockey League Entry Draft on Saturday at Nationwide Arena with the addition of seven players over the two-day event. After taking right wing Jakub Voracek with the seventh pick during Friday's first round, Columbus selected six players during rounds two through seven today.
"The 2007 Entry Draft was a significant event for the Columbus Blue Jackets and we'd like to thank our fans for their fantastic support throughout the weekend," said Blue Jackets General Manger Scott Howson. "We also are very pleased with the players who are joining our organization as we believe we have added substantial depth to our playing personnel."
Columbus used its first pick of the second round to select Niagara (formerly Mississauga) Ice Dogs right wing Stefan Legein with the 37th overall selection. The Oakville, Ontario native registered 43 goals and 32 assists for 75 points with a plus/minus rating of +31 and 115 penalty minutes in 64 games. He was selected to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game and represented the Eastern Conference at the OHL All-Star Game, winning the fastest skater competition at the event. In 172 career OHL games, he has registered 53-46-99 and 253 penalty minutes.
The club used its other pick of the second round, 53rd overall, to select defenseman Will Weber. The 6-4, 205-pound native of Gaylord, Michigan tallied 18-20-38 in 24 games in 2006-07 with Gaylord High School. He was the first overall pick of the 2007 United States Hockey League Draft by Chicago and will spend next season with the Steel. He has committed to play at Miami (Ohio) University in the fall of 2008.
In the third round, Columbus used the 68th pick to select forward Jake Hansen of the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede. In 2006-07, he notched 4-4-8 and 14 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Stampede after beginning the season at White Bear (Minn.) High School, where he collected 26-40-66 and 42 penalty minutes in 25 games.
The Blue Jackets then traded its three fifth round picks – No. 128, No. 129, No. 149 – to the Dallas Stars for a fourth round pick, 94th overall. The club used the pick to select forward Maxim Mayorov. The 6-2, 187-pound native of Leninogorsk, Russia tallied 6-4-10 and six penalty minutes in 28 games playing junior hockey in Russia. He was the No. 4 rated European Skater in the final Central Scouting rankings.
In round six, Columbus used the 158th overall pick to select goaltender Allen York. The 6-4, 185-pounder went 24-5-0 with a. 2.17 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 32 games with Camrose of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He then posted a 16-6 mark with a 1.98 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and four shutouts in 22 playoff games.
With the final pick of the draft in round seven, 211th overall, the Blue Jackets selected forward Trent Vogelhuber, who is the first Central Ohio product ever selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Born in Cleveland, he grew up in Columbus and played one year at St. Charles Preparatory School and two for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets Under-18 Midget Major, while attending Bishop Watterson High School, before spending the 2006-07 season with St. Louis of the North American Hockey League. He tallied 10-16-26 with 24 penalty minutes in 31 games with St. Louis last season. The fifth overall pick by the Des Moines Buccaneers in the 2007 USHL Draft, Vogelhuber has committed to play at Miami (Ohio) University in the fall of 2008.
BLUE JACKETS 2007 ENTRY DRAFT RECAP: Round (Overall): 1 (7) – RW Jakub Voracek, Halifax (QMJHL); 2 (37) – RW Stefan Legein, Mississauga (OHL); 2 (53 from San Jose) – D Will Weber, Gaylord, MI (USHS); 3 (68) – RW/LW Jake Hansen, Sioux Falls (USHL); 4 (94 from Dallas) – LW/RW Maxim Mayorov, Leninogorsk (RUS); 6 (158) – G Allen York, Camrose (AJHL); 7 (211 from Anaheim-conditional) – RW Trent Vogelhuber, St. Louis (NAHL).
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