2012 NHL Entry Draft: Columbus Blue Jackets Receive Second Overall Pick

April 10th, 2012 by Patrick Drottar Leave a reply »

The Columbus Blue Jackets came into tonight's NHL Draft Lottery with a 48.2 percent of earning the first overall pick in this year's draft.

With the league's worst record, the Jackets had the best opportunity at receiving the top pick and possibly using it on Russian winger Nail Yakupov.

However, Columbus' bad luck this year continued tonight as the Edmonton Oilers, who had a 18.8 percent chance, will be drafting first overall for the third year in a row.

The Jackets missed out yet again, having never received the first overall pick through the draft lottery in their 11 years of existence.

Columbus will receive the second overall pick and will have to go back to the drawing board as drafting their top target is no longer a sure thing,

"It's disappointing," Columbus general manager Scott Howson told the Columbus Dispatch.

"My heart was pounding there when it got down to the final two spots.

As disappointing as missing out on the first pick seems, there are still plenty of talented players available at No. 2, and it may not be the only first round pick they end up using ...

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