After a nearly four month delay, the 2020 NHL Entry Draft is finally here!
Round One begins tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. on NBCSN. Rounds Two through Seven will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) beginning at noon. This post will be the open thread for both days, so feel free to chat about the picks as they happen, react to the Columbus picks, and speculate about trades that could happen. It’s quite possible the Jackets could make some moves.
We will have a full post for the first round pick tonight, and another post tomorrow evening recapping the Day Two selections.
We will also update this post with CBJ news as it happens.
Round One Draft Order:
1. New York Rangers
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from SJS)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Winnipeg Jets
11. Nashville Predators
12. Florida Panthers
13. Carolina Hurricanes (from TOR)
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Toronto Maple Leafs (from PIT)
16. Montreal Canadiens
17. Chicago Blackhawks
18. New Jersey Devils (from ARZ)
19. Calgary Flames
20. New Jersey Devils (from VAN via TB)
21. Columbus Blue Jackets
22. New York Rangers (from CAR)
23. Philadelphia Flyers
24. Washington Capitals
25. Colorado Avalanche
26. St. Louis Blues
27. Anaheim Ducks (from BOS)
28. Ottawa Senators (from NYI)
29. Vegas Golden Knights
30. Dallas Stars
31. San Jose Sharks (from TB)
Blue Jackets Day Two Picks
Round 3 - 78 (from MTL) - Samuel Knazko, D
Round 4 - 114 - Mikael Pyyhtia, C
Round 5 - 145 - Ole Julian Bjorvik-Holm, D
Round 6 - 176 - Samuel Johannesson, D
Round 7 - 207
UPDATE (10/6 3:56 p.m.): We have a trade! Josh Anderson to Montreal for Max Domi and a 2020 3rd Round pick
#CBJ now have their 2nd line center. Domi had 28-44-72 in 2018-19 when he played mostly at center ice. Dipped to 17-27-44 last season, playing center and on the wing. He wants to play center, apparently.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) October 6, 2020
UPDATE 2: With the 21st pick, the Blue Jackets selected Yegor Chinakhov, a forward from Russia who was not drafted last year and who was not on most expert’s draft boards this year, but who scored 69 points in his junior league last season and has scored 5 goals in his first 12 games in the KHL this season.
UPDATE 3 (2:38 p.m.): With the 78th pick (acquired in the Anderson/Domi trade), the Blue Jackets selected Samuel Knazko. He’s a Slovakian defenseman who has been playing in the Finnish junior league. 2/3/5 in 9 games so far this season.
UPDATE 4 (4:03 p.m.): With the 114th pick, the Blue Jackets selected Mikael Pyyhtia. He’s a Finnish center and teammate of Knazko.
UPDATE 5 (5:24 p.m.): With the 145th pick, the Blue Jackets selected Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm. What a name! He’s a Norwegian defender who played in the OHL last season and is back in Norway now.
UPDATE 6 (6:26 p.m.): With the 176th pick, the Blue Jackets selected Samuel Johannesson. He is yet another European skater, and another defenseman. He spent 44 games last year in the top league in Sweden.
Also, earlier this afternoon Max Domi signed a two year contract with the Jackets, with an annual cap hit of $5.3 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent in summer 2022, like Seth Jones and both goalies.