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Blue Jackets announce 2017 Development Camp roster

Blue Jackets invite 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goalies to annual Development Camp

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets will conduct their annual prospect development camp at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the club's official practice facility at Nationwide Arena, with on-ice practice sessions scheduled from Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29.

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Blue Jackets add to offensive depth in Entry Draft

In total, the Jackets added three centers, two wings, a goalie and a defenseman to their prospect pool

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

It's been a busy few days in the world of hockey with two drafts that had every team giving a little to build the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, before bolstering their stable of players through the 2017 Entry Draft.

But before welcoming any new players to the team, the Jackets had to say goodbye to William Karlsson. The Swedish center was Vegas' selection from the Jackets' roster after Jarmo Kekalainen worked with the Golden Knights to make a deal that protected the Jackets' defensive corps, backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and young forward talent.

In exchange, Vegas received Columbus' 2017 first round pick, a 2019 second round pick and forward David Clarkson.

"We felt that the Vegas deal was very important to us we keep our group together, it gave us the certainty we needed," Kekalainen said. "We didn't have to scramble and sweat it out to the last moments. We thought it was worth it. It hurt because we didn't have the pick in the first but that's part of the business you have to live with."


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Blue Jackets draft Powell, Ohio native Carson Meyer

Meyer, a 19-year-old right wing from Powell, was drafted 179th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

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."

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Blue Jackets select seven players on day two of 2017 NHL Draft

Jackets select five forwards, including Powell, Ohio native and former Ohio AAA Blue Jacket Carson Meyer in sixth round

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

CHICAGO - The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up the 2017 National Hockey League Draft by selecting seven players during rounds two through seven at United Center in Chicago. During the two-day draft, the Jackets selected five forward, along with a defenseman and goaltender.

The Blue Jackets acquired a second round selection, 45th overall, from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for 2015 third round pick Keegan Kolesar. With that pick, Columbus used its first selection of the NHL Draft on Grenoble (France) center Alexandre Texier. The St. Martin D'Heres, France native captured the Jean-Pierre Graff Trophy as the French League's Best Young Player in 2016-17 after notching 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points with 69 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games and adding 5-5-10 and 12 penalty minutes in 12 playoffs contests with Grenoble. 

Texier, 17, also skated for France at the IIHF D1A U18 and World Junior Championships in 2017, helping the country to a bronze medal at the Junior tournament and being named the U18's best forward in helping win gold. He posted 63-52-115 in 42 career games with Grenoble's U18 team from 2013-16, including 40-30-70 and 26 penalty minutes in 17 games in 2015-16. He also added 9-8-17 in 11 games with Grenoble's U22 team that season.

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Jackets get big offensive boost with the addition of Artemi Panarin

Panarin joins the Jackets along with Tyler Motte in exchange for Brandon Saad, goaltender, Anton Forsberg

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

The Blue Jackets boosted their offensive fire power Friday when they added 25-year-old Artemi Panarin to the roster via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Panarin joins the Jackets along with 22-year-old forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round draft pick in the 2017 Draft in exchange for Brandon Saad, goaltender, Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick.

Panarin has produced 74 or more points in each of the last two seasons, his first two years in the NHL. His 151 total points ties him for 7th overall in the NHL with Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn, Nicolas Backstrom, Erik Karlsson and Blake Wheeler in that same two-year span.

Panarin was the 2015-16 NHL Rookie of the Year. He led all first-year players in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. He played for bronze medal winning Team Russia in the 2017 IIHF World Championships and represented his country in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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Blue Jackets acquire center Jordan Schroeder from Minnesota

Schroeder has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points in 144 career NHL games

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jordan Schroeder from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Dante Salituro, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Schroeder, 26, has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points with 10 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 144 career NHL games with the Wild and Vancouver Canucks since making his NHL debut in 2012-13. He has added 77-118-195 in 292 career AHL games with the Iowa Wild, Utica Comets, Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose.

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Jackets acquire Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and draft pick from Chicago

Trade is in exchange for left wing Brandon Saad and goaltender Anton Forsberg

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Artemi Panarin, a 2016-17 Second Team NHL All-Star and NHL Rookie of the Year in 2015-16, left wing Tyler Motte and a sixth round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for left wing Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

"Artemi Panarin was the best rookie in the NHL two years ago, a second team All-Star this past season and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NHL," said Kekalainen. "There is a cost to adding a player like Artemi, as well as a very good NHL prospect in Tyler Motte, but we believe this is a very good move for our team. We wish Brandon and Anton well and thank them for their contributions to our organization."

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Games to get ready for in the 2017-18 season

The Jackets have 41 games at home and on the road, as well as 28 games against Metro Division opponents

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

The 2017-18 NHL regular season schedule was released Thursday, and with the Blue Jackets looking to build on the success of last season and make a return trip to the playoffs, let's take a look at the road that lies ahead.

The Jackets have 41 games at home and 41 games on the road, 28 games against Metro Division opponents, and 47 games on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 24 of those weekend matchups are on home ice at Nationwide Arena.

Here's how each month shapes up.

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Jackets sign center Alex Broadhurst to one-year, two way extension

Broadhurst posted 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 52 AHL games last season

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Columbus, Oh - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alex Broadhurst to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract extension through the 2017-18 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Broadhurst, 24, posted 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points with 23 penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating in 52 games with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters this past season. He finished tied for seventh on the team in goals, assists and points.

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