Back by popular demand (really, because I need something to do), the mailbag returns for a second straight year. Remember: send your questions to @RobMixer, and as always, food questions move to the top.
Steve Humphrey (@CBJKiltGuy)
Will there be a formal Calder Cup celebration in Columbus?
Happy draft week, my friend. There will not be a “formal” Calder Cup celebration in Columbus as the Monsters participated in Wednesday’s Cavaliers championship parade in downtown Cleveland (which 1.3 million people attended), but don’t fret – you’ll have your chance. The Calder Cup will be in attendance at Friday’s NHL Draft Party in Columbus, and you can get your picture taken with it on the Front St. Plaza. Don’t forget: the party starts at 5:30 pm and there will be plenty going on before the first round kicks off.
Hank Schaab (@hank_schaab)
Do you see Bjorkstrand coming up next year from Cleveland, and who is your too early prediction for points leader?
Part 1 of your question: yes, I believe Oliver Bjorkstrand will be on the Blue Jackets opening night roster and I believe he will be a significant part of the team. Anyone you talk to about the kid will tell you about the growth factor; yes, he was a 65-goal scorer in his final junior season but there’s always a bit of uncertainty when young players jump to the professional level. Bjorkstrand had to deal with a rib injury early in the season that forced him to miss some time, but he really ramped up late in the year and was one of the best players (if not the best) in the Calder Cup playoffs. I would be shocked if he’s not wearing union blue on Oct. 13.
Part 2: tough call because I think this fall’s team will be one of the most exciting-yet-unpredictable Blue Jackets teams, primarily because of the youth. If we’re handicapping it right now, give me Cam Atkinson. All he’s done is get better every single year since turning pro and his goal total keeps going up, too. I think we could see a 60-point season out of him.
Andrew Allen (@Code_Orange23)
Of the "about 10 offers" Jarmo says he's received, can you say which teams are asking about #3 overall pick?
I can’t say because I don’t know. And I believe you’re referencing the report from our friend Aaron Portzline on Wednesday.
Listen, the Blue Jackets may have options but there’s no rule or stipulation that says they need to move the pick or they need to stay. What you’re hearing and reading is exactly what happens at this time of year, every year: GMs will listen to what’s available, they’ll listen to how other teams value their assets, and they’ll have conversations that could eventually lead to deals.
I think Jarmo Kekalainen is in a really good position entering the weekend and he said so himself when I talked to him earlier this week. If they keep the No. 3 overall pick, they know they’re getting a very good player who is rated quite high on their list. If they move back, they stand a chance to collect additional assets, possibly trade down a few spots and still get a player they think highly of. That’s what makes this time of year so much fun – we truly have no idea where it’s going to go but the excitement lies in watching it unfold.
And...last, but not least…
Matthew Calvert (@mattcalvert11)
Why are you a bad golfer? #mailbag
If I knew the answer to this, I’d be on the PGA Tour and not tweeting for a living. However, Mr. Calvert has yet to accept my standing invite to go head-to-head.