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Blue Jackets: Powell native still starstruck by draft from hometown team

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COLUMBUS -- Forgive Carson Meyer if he's a little distracted these days.

His dream came true on Saturday when his hometown Columbus Blue Jackets made him the 179th pick of the NHL entry draft.

"I'm just trying to get my feet on the ground," Meyer told reporters after Mondays' session of the Jackets development camp where prospects and draftees get their NHL indoctrination. "It's an unbelievable feeling, I'm very fortunate."

The 19-year-old forward made his collegiate debut with Miami (Ohio) in 2016-17, posting 10-16-26 and 14 penalty minutes in 32 games. He helped the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League capture the Clark Cup championship in 2015-16 with 32-19-51 and 47 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games and 5-6-11 in 11 postseason contests. Playing for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets Bantam Major, U16 and U18 teams from 2011-15, the 5-10, 180-pound right wing attended the Blue Jackets development camp last summer.

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