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Jackets GM Scott Howson Scores With Center Ryan Johansen Choice

By Peter D. McAlister


Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets made a bold move in the first round of tonight’s NHL entry draft. With all the allure of choosing a top defenseman, General Manager Scott Howson made the most defining decision in his short tenure in Ohio’s capital city. Conventional wisdom was out the door while making sure that forward Rick Nash is eventually paired with a center that will be on the top forward line within two seasons: it will happen. Along with last year’s first round pick, John Moore, they will be the two biggest additions to the roster in the Howson era that has begged for a fresh start since Doug MacLean was fired and left town for a radio talk show in Toronto.

Jacket fans now finally have reason to be optimistic. For all the negativity that surrounded this franchise in the 2009/2010 National Hockey League season, it is time for the team to man up and perform to the expectations that fans were privileged to witness with the likes of Tyler Wright in the organization’s infancy.

In game four of the Blue Jackets’ Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings two seasons ago, Nationwide Arena was a magical place to be. One can only hope that CBJ fans and the hockey world experience that very same magic next year.

Stay tuned.

21 comments:

  1. Pete, that pick sucked. What was he thinking?

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  2. Finally sanity in a otherwise screwed world and screw anom!

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  3. What is up with that crap. The draft sucked and you know it!

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  4. Great comments on the draft. The only problem is that Howson is a complete idiot and you are buying into his crap. Good luck next year - you will need it!

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  5. Peter I normally agree with you but last night's pick is a bust. The kid will never see the NHL let alone have any impact on the Jackets organization. I hope you are right and I am wrong about this crap!

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  6. What the f*** was Scottie thinking? The need was for D, not some kid that won't make it to the NHL for years if ever. You can't possibly be happy with this.

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  7. West coast time it is a new morning but I guess my cbj missed a new sunrise with the draft, the sun has set on Howson and he has to go!

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  8. What have you been smoking Peter, you can't be serious with this crap of a draft. Are you trying to suck up to the Jackets or something. Get back to me when you have a spine!

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  9. Give my boy a break. Jacket boy tells it like it is. You ignorant osu football fans wouldn't know your crouch from your brains. Get a life without all the constant negativity.

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  10. Hey buddy did your mommy drop you on you head when you were a baby. You do not have a clue and that pick will end up being the downfall of the howson era. The guy wasn't even a top 40 pick two years ago.

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  11. Peter, no follow up to yesterday's rounds two and up? What's up with that?

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  12. Just read your latest. A little short but I agree. The Jackets have to many young defensemen in the system to draft another blueline project. Good take.

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  13. Nice to see you finally write positive comments about Scottie, Pete. Way to come around for once.

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  14. Peter, why are the CBJ so quiet on the free agent front? I thought by now that they would have made a significant signing. Salary cap isn't an issue. Maybe a trade?

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  15. The Kovalchuck deal is an absolute joke! For once I agree with Bettman. How can any team let alone the Devils sign a player to a 17 year contract? He will have to use a walker at the end of his career. You agree?

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  16. No word from the lower 48 on the Jackets. Cellar dwellers they will continue to be unless they get a top line center with a capital C - as in Spezza!.

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  17. Peter, Did the CBJ overpay for Stralman? I certainly do not think so. Anything under 2.3 million was fine with me.

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  18. No word from you in a while. Hopefully you will cover training camp as you did nothing for rookie camp at the beginning of July. Get back in the MIX.

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  19. When are you going to start the new season off Pete. Longtime no hear. Training camp we hope.

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