First Overall Pick- Decisions, Decisions
rior to the last two games, I was firmly entrenched in the "Fail for Nail" camp. Columbus was almost assured of finishing last prior to those games, and now after back-to-back blowout losses to equally woeful Edmonton, and then by the Detroit Red Wings one night later, it's a virtual certainty.
Of course finishing as the worst team in the league doesn't mean that getting the first overall pick is a guarantee-the draft lottery prevents that- but Columbus would have the greatest chance of "winning".
I'm still a believer that Nail Yakupov, the consensus number one pick, would be great for the Jackets. He's a game-breaker, a high-scoring Russian winger who has already shown a commitment to playing hockey in North America. He's got a ton of character, as evident by his interviews, and already speaks great English.
That said, I've started to consider other options for what the Jackets could/should do with the first overall pick, should they win the draft lottery.
Three options come to mind:
Scenario One: The Russian Factor...