The biggest future asset in the Seth Jones trade has been finalized.
Because Chicago's pick landed at six and did not land in the top two picks in the NHL Draft Lottery, it was awarded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. If the pick did end up in the top two, Columbus would be rewarded with Chicago's unprotected 2023 first-round pick. This pick was acquired in the Seth Jones trade in the summer of 2021. The first round of the NHL Draft is on Thursday, July 7 in Montreal, and will be broadcast in the USA on either ESPN or ESPN2.
This pick was not the only asset the Blue Jackets received in exchange for Seth Jones and the 32nd pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. They also acquired defenseman Adam Boqvist, the 12th and 44th overall picks in the 2021 Draft, which they used to select Cole Sillinger and Aleksi Heimosalmi, respectively.
This is the fourth time in team history that the Columbus Blue Jackets will select sixth overall. They last picked sixth in 2008, when they selected Nikita Filatov, who scored six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 44 games across three seasons as a Jacket. They also picked sixth in 2006, when they selected Derick Brassard, who posted 58 goals and 111 assists for 169 points in 309 across sixth seasons in Columbus. Additionally, they picked sixth the year before and selected Gilbert Brule, who recorded 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points in 146 games across three seasons as a Blue Jacket.