The Columbus Blue Jackets Have Acquired Defenseman Jake Bean From The Carolina Hurricanes

By Ed Francis on July 23, 2021 at 8:01 pm
Columbus moved a second round draft pick to acquire defenseman Jake Bean from the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Jake Bean from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a second round pick acquired earlier in the evening as a part of the blockbuster trade that sent Seth Jones to the Chicago Blackhawks

Bean, 23, was a first round selection of the Hurricanes in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, selected 13th overall. After just two games in the 2018-19 season, Bean saw his first significant time in the NHL during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season, when he played in 42 games. He scored one goal and had nine assists while averaging over 14 minutes of ice time.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Bean was named the AHL Defenseman of the Year. He played in 59 games with the Charlotte Checkers, scoring ten goals and 38 assists. 

Bean is more of a balanced defenseman than Boqvist, who the Blue Jackets acquired as a part of the Jones deal. He does still have an offensive prowess, though, and is likely to see time on the Blue Jackets second or third defensive pairing to start the 2021-22 season, with the potential to see an expanded role as his game develops.