Pipeline Problem? Sporting News Ranks Blue Jackets' Farm System 28th in the NHL

By Sam Blazer on August 3, 2018 at 9:11 am
The NHL Draft is the easiest way to build up your farm team just ask the Columbus Blue Jackets

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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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