Carson Meyer started ice skating the year the Blue Jackets franchise joined the NHL. Growing up, the Blue Jackets were his favorite team. Saturday, he became a Blue Jacket himself.
Meyer, a 19-year-old right wing from Powell, was drafted 179th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
"It's unbelievable," Meyer said. "I don't know how to put it in words right now, I'm speechless. The Jackets are a huge reason why I started playing hockey in the first place. I grew up going to all their games so this is an awesome feeling."
Meyer now adds his name to a growing list of NHL-drafted players from Central Ohio. He grew up playing hockey with fellow Jacket prospect, Kole Sherwood who hails from New Albany. Dublin native Sean Kuraly currently plays in the Boston Bruins organization; Winnipeg Jet Jack Roslovic is from Columbus; and Dublin's Connor Murphy played over three seasons with the Arizona Coyotes before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
These central Ohio players all played in the AAA Blue Jackets organization led by Ed Gingher.
"I know what Ed's doing with the Blue Jackets organization," Meyer said. "There's so much development the last few years. It's great to see hockey really growing in Columbus."