So far, the Blue Jackets' 2021 first-round picks are looking pretty good.
They selected Kent Johnson fifth, Cole Sillinger 12th, and Corson Ceulemans 25th. All three spent time at Canada's U18 development camp, which concluded last night with an intra-squad game. Johnson and Ceulemans were on Team Red, while Sillinger skated for Team White. The two teams played a full 60-minute game, and the trio of prospects were all over the scoresheet.
Sillinger was on Team White's first line, playing left wing, while Johnson centered the first line for Team Red. Ceulemans played on the second pairing for Team Red. Johnson tallied 2-3-5, Sillinger notched four goals, and Ceulemans scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Team Red the win. The trio registered 7-3-10 combined.
It was a great showing for each of the Blue Jackets' first-round picks, who are a big reason for the rise of Columbus's farm system up the NHL rankings. They all have the potential to become excellent NHL players down the road, and you could see it on display last night.