The Blue Jackets have made a lot of missteps in their time in the NHL. A lot of missteps. BUT, they've also had more misfortune than any other team in the league in that time span.
- lost the coin toss to Minnesota in 2000
- This pick, #2 overall, is the highest they've ever finished in the lottery. They had to trade up to take Rick Nash at #1.
- They've never moved up in the lottery, lost one spot 4 times, and stayed in the same position 5 times.
- and last night.
and that's just the bad bounces that have happened in the draft without mentioning the horrible draft decisions (Brule over Kopitar, Nikita Filatov over well anyone else)!
If the Blue Jackets have had a problem in their history, it's that they haven't been bad enough. They've consisently finished a few spots ahead of last place, picking anywhere from 4-8 on average. Everyone knows you can get good quickly with a couple tanked seasons and some number 1 picks (Pittsburgh, Chicago, soon to be Edmonton), but talent really drops off outside the top 2. So we just sat through this miserable season where we were out of it before November, thinking the whole time that at least we'd get this generational talent like Yakupov. Finally they were bad enough to warrant a number one pick and they didn't get the number one pick. Once again the NHL is a cruel mistress.
Now they have a decision to make at number 2. I guarantee you in 5 years, we'll know it was the wrong one.
So, now when I come on here and read fans of playoff teams complaining about mediocre swoons a year or two after you've won it all, you understand why that's just a little bit irksome?