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Columbus Blue Jackets 2023 NHL Draft Preview and Predictions

The drama may very well begin with that Jacket pick, if things go according to plan. There is virtually zero doubt that the Chicago Blackhawks will make Regina Pats superstar Connor Bedard the first overall selection. After that, it’s likely that the Anaheim Ducks will take University of Michigan center Adam Fantilli with the second pick.

With the Jackets sitting third, things are less than clear. If you’re listening to the experts, Swedish forward Leo Carlsson is on a tier by himself as the third best player in this draft. He’s expected to go to Columbus, and he meets all of the parameters you would want in a future top line center.