Photo: San Jose Sharks defenseman and University of Massachusetts alum Justin Braun is the first of a recent group of that school's alums to make it to the NHL (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Casey Wellman has been with three organizations since turning pro during the 2009-10 season, but this season could mark his best chance to become an NHL regular.
Photo: Defenseman Ryan Murray of the WHL's Everett Silvertips was the top pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Draft, and is now their top prospect (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
After finishing last in the Central Division the past three seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have plenty of top draft picks to begin rebuilding the hockey team.
Photo: Swedish goaltender Oscar Dansk took part in USA Hockey's National Junior Camp last week in hopes of representing his country at the 2013 World Juniors (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport)
With a struggling starter and no obvious replacements in the system, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked to bolster their goaltending depth at the 2012 NHL Draft with the selection of two well regarded prospects at this position. One of those picks, Oscar Dansk, was considered by some scouts to be the top goaltender available in the draft.
Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly capped off a strong 2011-12 season with an invite to USA Hockey's WJC camp (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport)
As the Columbus Blue Jackets continue the process of converting the team from cellar dweller to playoff contender, one area they could definitely look to improve is their offensive attack. One Blue Jackets' prospect that could eventually aid that cause would be defenseman Mike Reilly.
Photo: The Columbus Blue Jackets added a talented piece to their defensive corps with the selection of Ryan Murray from the WHL's Everett Silvertips (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a number of holes to fill in the organization heading into this past weekend’s draft. With eight selections in total, including four in the top 65, the club was in a great position to begin restocking the cupboard, one that was void of both goaltending and forward depth, along with a lack of forward prospects with much offensive potential outside of recently-graduated Ryan Johansen.