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Blue Jackets make five picks to complete the 2024 draft

Blue Jackets make five picks to complete the 2024 draft
Blue Jackets make five picks to complete the 2024 draft

The Columbus Blue Jackets concluded the 2024 National Hockey League Draft by selecting five players during rounds two through seven on Saturday. During the two-day draft, the Blue Jackets used their six picks to select one forward, four defensemen and one goaltender.

The Blue Jackets selected defenseman Charlie Elick, 18, from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in the second round, 36e general. The 6-3, 202-pound blueliner has compiled 8-32-40 and 109 PIM in 130 career matches with Brandon from 2021-2024. Born in Villach, Austria, but raised in Calgary, Alberta, Elick went 4-23-27 with 71 penalty minutes, 133 shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus rating in 65 games with the Wheat Kings in 2023-24 to to rank third among club defenders in assists and points. He has represented Canada at several international tournaments, earning a gold medal at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup (0-2-2, 5 GP) and at the 2024 IIHF U18 World Championships (0-3-3, 7 GP).

Columbus acquired a second round selection, 60e overall, from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a second-round pick in 2024 (69e overall) and fifth round pick (133rd general). With the 60e pick, the Blue Jackets selected Saskatoon Blades goalie Evan Gardner. The 18-year-old posted a 21-5-0 record with a 1.91 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 30 appearances during his rookie season with Saskatoon in 2023-24. Gardner, a native of Fort St. John, British Columbia, was nominated for the WHL’s Rookie of the Year (East Division) after finishing the season with the highest SV% and lowest GAA in the league.

In the third round with the 86e overall pick, the Blue Jackets selected defenseman Luca Marrelli, 18, from the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-2, 185-pound defenseman has 11-86-97 with 66 penalty minutes and a cumulative +9 plus/minus rating in 187 career outings with Oshawa from 2021-24. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Marrelli ranked second on the club in assists and sixth in scoring in 2023-24 with 6-51-57 in 67 appearances and was named to the 2024 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game .

Columbus used its fourth-round pick, 101st at large to select defenseman Tanner Henricks of the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. The 17-year-old recorded 0-9-9 with 12 PIM in 59 games during his rookie season with the Stars in 2023-2024. The 6-4, 206-pound blueliner helped the United States win a bronze medal at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup (0-1-1, 5 GP). Henricks, a native of Mission Viejo, California, plans to play at St. Cloud State University in the 2025-2026 season.

In the sixth round with the 165e overall pick, the Blue Jackets selected blueliner Luke Ashton, 19, of the Langley Rivermen of the British Columbia Hockey League. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has totaled 20-25-45 in 134 career BCHL games with the Langley Rivermen and Vernon Vipers from 2021-2024. The 6-6, 231-pound blueliner set career highs and scored the most goals by a BCHL defenseman with 18-18-36 and 18 PIM in 53 games with Langley in 2023-2024. He is committed to playing at Minnesota State University (Mankato) for the 2024-2025 season.

Blue Jackets Concept Summary:

Round 1 (4) – Cayden Lindstrom, C (Medicine Hat/WHL)

Round 2 (36) – Charlie Elick, D (Brandon/WHL)

Round 2 (60) – Evan Gardner, G (Saskatoon/WHL)

Round 3 (86) – Luca Marrelli, D (Oshawa/OHL)

Round 4 (101) – Tanner Henricks, D (Lincoln/USHL)

Round 6 (165) – Luke Ashton, D (Langley/BCHL).