Blue Jackets Select Stanislav Svozil With 69th Pick in NHL Draft

By Jacob Nitzberg on July 24, 2021 at 1:15 pm
Stanislav Svozil.
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The newest member of the Blue Jackets organization has arrived.

Taken with the 69th overall pick, Stanislav Svozil was the Blue Jackets' first selection on Day 2. The left-handed defenseman hails from the Czech Republic. Svozil was named the Czech league's Rookie of the Year in 2019-20 after posting 2-3-5 in 41 games with Brno. He represented his country at the 2021 IIHF Junior and U18 World Championships.

The Athletic's Corey Pronman had Svozil ranked 42nd in his final prospect list. "He is a 6-foot-1 defenseman who can skate and make plays at both ends of the rink," writes Pronman. "He has enough speed and skill to lead a rush and create offense. He can make creative offensive plays on his outlets and inside the offensive blue line. His gaps are solid, he takes the body and is reliable to play against better players."

After taking two forwards at #5 and #12, the Blue Jackets have used their last two picks on defensemen. Pronman projects Svozil to be an NHL-caliber defenseman: "in a sentence, Svozil projects as a third-pair NHL defenseman with enough offense to play higher in a lineup crunch."