I think that sums up what Jarmo Kekalainen and the Blue Jackets scouts are projecting, a higher eventual ceiling versus what is available now. And indeed, that seems to fit the need of the team. Circumstances, time, and a good post by John Kemp precluded me from writing my third 'Calder Cup Quandary' post about the forwards. But there it is. Our minor league team just won a championship, but we're supposed to pick a guy who is going to jump over them because he was the consensus pick?
Pierre-Luc Dubois will come up through the system. He thrived with a late season position change to center, an area of need for the Blue Jackets, and many teams in the NHL. He acknowledges he needs more development time. Jesse Puljujarvi is a right wing, who by benefit of consensus of all the pundits, has been deemed better, and more deserving of a roster spot on the Blue Jackets than Oliver Bjorkstrand. Except the fact that the pundits never compared Puljujarvi to Bjorkstrand, they just compared him to his peers. Except perhaps the Blue Jackets scouts. When viewed through that lens, I am really starting to warm to this pick.
Here is something to think of; Pierre-Luc Dubois will be a Lake Erie Monster. I like that thought a lot. They say that Puljujarvi doesn't need to be a Monster, but how does that fit our organization? So welcome to the Blue Jackets Pierre-Luc. Do your thing. Develop at your own pace. We have roster issues of our own at the NHL level, we don't need you clouding those now. Bjork, Bjork, Bjork!!!