The 2018-19 season is not yet here, which means rankings and lists are in vogue.
Sporting News decided to release a farm system ranking for every team in the NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't fare so well, they ranked 28th out of 31 spots.
A snippet providing a brief explanation for the low ranking:
Rest easy, Blue Jackets fans. Your team at the NHL level is young, exciting and loaded with star-caliber players south of 25 years old. But gambles in each of the last two drafts, coupled with the rapid promotion of 2014 and 2015 draftees, have sprung a few leaks in the good ole prospect pool.
Here are the prospect rankings for the Blue Jackets, per Sporting News:
|PROSPECT||POSITION||2018-19 TEAM (Proj.)||ACQUIRED|
|1. Elvis Merzlikins||G||Lugano (NLA)||3rd/2014|
|2. Alexandre Texier||C/W||Kalpa (SM-Liiga)||2nd/2017|
|3. Vitalii Abramov||C/W||Cleveland (AHL)||3rd/2016|
|4. Liam Foudy||C||London (OHL)||1st/2018|
|5. Jonathan Davidson||RW||Djugardens (SHL)||6th/2017|
|6. Gabriel Carlsson||LHD||Cleveland (AHL)||1st/2015|
|7. Andrew Peeke||RHD||Notre Dame (NCAA)||2nd/2016|
|8. Kirill Marchenko||RW||SKA-1946 (MHL)||2nd/2018|
|9. Danill Tarasov||G||Tolpar (MHL)||3rd/2017|
|10. Emil Bemstrom||C||Djugardens (SHL)||4th/2017|
The rankings were done by a draft expert, but the list was peculiar and not in line with many thought processes established by other writers. It's the offseason, however, so embrace debate!
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