Photo: Winger Oliver Bjorkstrand led the WHL in playoff scoring with 16 goals and 17 assists through 21 games. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When the Columbus Blue Jackets took their best shot at the Pittsburgh Penguins this postseason, their roster was littered with home-grown players like Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray. While the recently graduated prospects were getting a chance to take on one of the NHL's best teams, there were a handful of players making statements in their own respective league's playoffs.
Photo: Forward T.J. Tynan had a strong senior season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, posting eight goals and 30 assists through 40 games. Tynan recently signed an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Columbus Blue Jackets had some high-end talent playing in Europe this season, with first-round picks Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano playing in European men's leagues. The organization has also used mid and late round draft picks to select players that are developing in some of the nation's top collegiate programs.
Photo: Rookie defenseman Ryan Murray had settled in nicely as a top-four defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets before suffering a knee injury on March 3rd, 2014. (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Columbus Blue Jackets' Top 20 has not changed all too much this season. Although a handful of prospects are already regulars on the Blue Jackets' roster, with Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray leading the bunch, many are still several years away from making an NHL contribution.
Photo: Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has played for Team USA at the last two U20 World Junior Championships (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
This season started with 15 NHL-drafted goaltenders playing in the NCAA. Now it is down to 13. Reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year Jason Kasdorf (WPG) suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October after playing in just two games. Sophomore Collin Olson (CAR) left Ohio State in November to play in the USHL.
Photo: Forward Marko Dano is one of three forwards the Columbus Blue Jackets selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Dano is currently playing for Bratislava Slovan of the KHL. (courtesy of Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Columbus Blue Jackets are an organization with an extremely deep prospect pool. With names like Boone Jenner, Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout, and David Savard echoing through NHL arenas, it seems as though all of its young talent graduated to the NHL. That is not the case.