Not a ton of time to type, so I'll get straight to the point.
This makes the NHL draft very different than, say, the NFL draft where a team's draft is a bust if the top 3 rounds' players don't make the roster. Also different than the NBA draft where, at only 2 rounds, the first-rounder is pretty much expected to step in and play a lot of minutes.
In the NHL, the draft is all about development. Which makes the whole hoopla surrounding the draft kinda silly - except for the fact that it gives Columbus Blue Jackets fans an excuse to engage in serious puck talk in the middle of the offseason. And I like that excuse. Even though I can't do it this year. (Damn you, Ohio University!)
So let's look ahead and think about what the Columbus Blue Jackets really need in the 3-ish year window. It seems that General Manager Scott Howson has restocked the cabinet with defensemen - enough that one or two of those wet noodles will stick to the wall and be productive NHL players. We could stand to be a little deeper at forward, with a need to improve general depth up and down the organization. Forward depth would be helped dramatically if a certain petulant Russian would get his rear end back to the States...but I digress.
My opinion on this draft: We need a good goalie.
You probably think I'm insane right now, but I'm the guy who suggested that Fedor Tyutin was the CBJ MVP last season. So cut me some slack.
We apparently have 3 known quantities at goalie for next season. Steve Mason (Restricted Free Agent in 11/12), Mathieu Garon (Unrestricted Free Agent in 11/12) and Gustaf Wesslau (RFA in 11/12). Both Dan LaCosta and Kevin LaLande are RFAs this year. I hear that Howson is looking to re-ink LaLande and let LaCosta find another port in the storm.
But look at that: No goalie is signed past the end of this upcoming season. If all goes to hell - Mase gets a killer offer that Howson won't match, Garon moves to the next stop and Wesslau decides that another team is his place to try to get to The Show, we'll have nothing.
My friends, we need a goalie prospect. And a reasonably good one that could use some seasoning in juniors or challenge for an AHL slot this year. Maybe not in the first round, but I wouldn't wait too long to grab one. Presuming the prospect pans out, that would put the CBJ in fine shape in net come the 11/12 offseason.
(But another puck-moving defenseman or a top-line center wouldn't hurt, either.)
Enjoy the draft! Carry The Flag!