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Blue Jackets turn down Islanders’ incredible draft offer

In a case of “we could’ve had it all,” the Columbus Blue Jackets found themselves saying that after turning down a monster offer from the New York Islanders.

According to several sources, the Islanders offered every one of their draft picks – a total of seven – in exchange for the Blue Jackets’ second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. The trade would’ve given the Blue Jackets a total of 12 picks as well as the 30th pick in the draft if they had taken it from the Los Angeles Kings. The Islanders would be left with only one pick early in the draft’s first day.

If the offer had been taken, the Blue Jackets would’ve had the following draft picks: 4, 31, 34, 62, 65, 95, 103, 125, 152, 155, 182 and 185. Those picks, along with prospects already in the system, would’ve made the team’s upcoming development camp very crowded.

Although General Manager Scott Howson teased reporters Friday night about a “very attractive” offer that they rejected, there was no indication of the details of that offer until well after the draft was finished. There are strong indications that it wasn’t Islanders General Manager Garth Snow who was behind the offer, but owner Charles Wang.

Because the offer was rejected, the Blue Jackets picked defenseman Ryan Murray with the second overall pick, while the Islanders took defenseman Griffien Reinhart with their pick two slots later. In total, the Blue Jackets gained two apiece of goaltenders, forwards and defensemen, while the Islanders used all seven picks to take only defensemen.

Murray, whom many feel could start in his first NHL season this fall, is expected to be at the Blue Jackets’ development camp, which will be held at Nationwide Arena‘s practice rink next week.

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