Blue Jackets Open to Moving Fourth-Overall Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets should be watched very closely this offseason. After a big 2023 NHL Offseason, they were once again among the worst teams in the NHL. Changes are expected to be on the way, with Patrik Laine being their biggest trade candidate. 

Yet, Laine may not be the only significant piece the Blue Jackets move this summer. While speaking to reporters, including Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch, GM Don Waddell shared that the club is open to trading this year's fourth-overall pick.

Waddell noted that the price for the Blue Jackets to move back in the draft is high and also shared that other clubs in the NHL are open to moving back as well. 

This is certainly an intriguing development, and there should be clubs out there willing to make a push for the fourth-overall pick. This year's draft has some intriguing player in the top five, and rebuilders should have the pick on their radar because of it. 

If the Blue Jackets elect to hold onto the pick, it will be the fourth year in a row where they have selected in the top 10. Over the last three seasons, the Blue Jackets have selected Kent Johnson, David Jiricek, and Adam Fantilli - all big pieces of their future. 

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