Blue Jackets wrap NHL Draft with seven selections on day two, including hometown kid
CHICAGO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up the 2017 National Hockey League Draft by selecting seven players during rounds two through seven at United Center in Chicago. During the two-day draft, the Jackets selected five forward, along with a defenseman and goaltender.
The Blue Jackets acquired a second round selection, 45th overall, from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for 2015 third round pick Keegan Kolesar. With that pick, Columbus used its first selection of the NHL Draft on Grenoble (France) center Alexandre Texier. The St. Martin D'Heres, France native captured the Jean-Pierre Graff Trophy as the French League's Best Young Player in 2016-17 after notching 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points with 69 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games and adding 5-5-10 and 12 penalty minutes in 12 playoffs contests with Grenoble.
Texier, 17, also skated for France at the IIHF D1A U18 and World Junior Championships in 2017, helping the country to a bronze medal at the Junior tournament and being named the U18's best forward in helping win gold. He posted 63-52-115 in 42 career games with Grenoble's U18 team from 2013-16, including 40-30-70 and 26 penalty minutes in 17 games in 2015-16. He also added 9-8-17 in 11 games with Grenoble's U22 team that season.
The Jackets used their second pick in the sixth round, 179th overall, on Powell, Ohio native Carson Meyer. 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.
Carson Meyer started ice skating the year the Blue Jackets franchise joined the NHL. Growing up, the Blue Jackets were his favorite team. Saturday, he became a Blue Jacket himself.
Meyer, a 19-year-old right wing from Powell, was drafted 179th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
"It's unbelievable," Meyer said. "I don't know how to put it in words right now, I'm speechless. The Jackets are a huge reason why I started playing hockey in the first place. I grew up going to all their games so this is an awesome feeling."
Meyer now adds his name to a growing list of NHL-drafted players from Central Ohio. He grew up playing hockey with fellow Jacket prospect, Kole Sherwood who hails from New Albany. Dublin native Sean Kuraly currently plays in the Boston Bruins organization; Winnipeg Jet Jack Roslovic is from Columbus; and Dublin's Connor Murphy played over three seasons with the Arizona Coyotes before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.