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Power Rankings pres. by YP: Mar. 3

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully give you something to think about.

The annual NHL trade deadline is always full of excitement, with wheeling and dealing between rival general managers who are gathering pieces for a big playoff push, while others are rounding up assets to build for the future. While fans are fixated on the big names that are changing addresses, it's easy to forget about the all-important draft picks that are often attached in trades to seal the deal. Some of the most important pieces of the Jackets' past and future found their way to Columbus not via a player-for-player swap, but rather by way of the anonymous draft pick. Let's look at some of the Jackets' biggest additions via the trade-chip draft pick!



Marc Methot and Grant Clitsome

Those late round draft choices added to trades sometimes seem like throw-ins to land a larger name, and sometimes teams even swap late picks in moves that don't make much sense to fans. The Jackets certainly put those late picks to use in the early 2000s, using acquired picks to select defensemen Marc Methot and Grant Clitsome.

Methot was taken in the sixth round in 2003, 168th overall, on a pick acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Methot played parts of six seasons in Columbus before moving on to Ottawa. Clitsome was taken a year later in 2004 courtesy of a pick from Los Angeles in the ninth round. With long odds to make the full-time jump to the NHL, the 271st overall selection played parts of three seasons with Columbus before heading to Winnipeg. Clitsome is still a Jet, but is out indefinitely with a back injury.

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