We’ve been quick to point out that Fantilli is probably the best prospect the Blue Jackets have ever had. I’m not even sure it’s really debatable. Rick Nash was the previous holder of that title, and while he went on to write the Blue Jacket record book, let’s be honest: amongst first overall selections since the year 2000, he’s roughly middle of the pack.
Adam Fantilli likely goes first overall in most of the drafts that have taken place since the Blue Jackets’ inception. Not all of them (2004, 2005, 2015 for sure, maybe 2013 and 2016) – but, a good majority anyway.