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BLUE JACKETS: Busy Draft Day, Bobrovsky Deal Close
COLUMBUS (AP) -- With no big trade immediately available, the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Swedish center Alexander Wennberg with their first of three first-round picks in Sunday's NHL draft.
The prevailing thought was that general manager Jarmo Kekalainen might package one or more of those picks to get offensive help right away for a team that ranked 25th in goals a year ago.
But the Blue Jackets took the 6-foot-1 1/2, 185-pounder with the 14th overall pick, who may need time to develop.
Columbus still has the No. 19 and 27 picks in the opening round.
Wennberg's selection was met by cheers by a crowd of 2,700 at the Blue Jackets' home, Nationwide Arena.
The team was also close to signing franchise goalie Sergei Bobrovsky who won the Vezina Trophy this season as the league's top net-minder.
ABC-6/FOX-28 Sports Director Clay Hall reports.