Gustav is a solid pick up and will be a great fit. There will be plenty of opportunities for young players to step up and contribute but I still believe GM Jarmo needs to pick up one more top six player, preferably a center.
Not to harp on a point, but Nyquist is a lot like many players the Jackets have had. Solid, mid- to low upper range points producer, etc. However, he is not what the Jackets had for only the two years Panarin was here. An undisputed game changer. Someone who could, almost literally, win games single handedly. Until the Jackets produce or acquire such a player, all we as fans, can expect is for a "first round and out " team.
Well, you are almost never acquiring a guy like that. Getting Panarin in the trade was a perfect confluence of events with the Hawks cap concerns, etc.
You have to draft them and develop them. And 9 times out of 10, you need to be right at the very top of the draft to do it. Very rarely do you find those guys at like 8 or lower, where Columbus has typically been. Of the top-20 scorers last year, 15 were in the first round (13 of them were in the top-7).
More fuel for the argument that Columbus made huge missteps in past years where they rallied down the stretch to play their way out of top-3 picks into top-10 picks instead.
Not to mention the pathetic history of our first round picks since the inception of the franchise.
So far it’s Rick, PLD and Zach - and then a whole bunch of nada who have made a difference for the club (Murray could make the list of serviceable if he bounces back). We’re batting well south of the Mendoza line.
That's of course fair. But also a sign of my larger point that Columbus has had practically no luck in the lottery, and was always just good enough to not guarantee a top of the draft pick. The only time they moved up was to draft DuBois. It's hard to find an MVP caliber player when you're drafting sixth instead of third.
Looking specifically at Jarmo, his first round picks have been 14, 19, 27, 16, 8, 29, 3, 18. The two top 10 picks (PLD, Werenski) have been great. But any analyst will tell you that by the time you ready the middle parts of the first round, it's essentially a crapshoot.
Also F Doug MacLean.
Well said Matt.
I don't disagree with your premise that the CBJ have not done well with first round picks. If we are evaluating successful first round draft picks however, I would add Ryan Johansen (who was turned into Seth Jones) plus Jakob Voracek & Derrick Brassard (they were good picks; it wasn't their fault they were shipped off in poor trades). I could also make an argument to include Rusty Klesla as a good use of a first round pick. He was a quality pick that McClain just rushed too fast to the NHL.
Just an FYI, in case you haven't heard. Kirby Rychel, another CBJ first round pick, has signed to play in the KHL.