Jackets finish draft with 3 first-round selections


UPDATED: Sunday June 30, 2013 11:53 PM

NEWARK – The Columbus Blue Jackets selected eight players, including forwards Alexander Wennberg (14th overall), Kerby Rychel (19th overall) and Marko Dano (27th overall) in the first round, of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, clubGeneral Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.  The Blue Jackets concluded their 14th NHL Draft at thePrudentialCenter inNewark, by selecting five additional players during rounds two through seven.

 

Wennberg scored 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 46 games with Djurgarden (SwedenJr.) during the 2012-13 season. He ranked second amongSweden’s junior players in goals and assists and was third in points.  He played in the 2013 World Junior Championships and the 2012 Under-18 World Championship, helpingSwedencapture silver in both tournaments.

 

Rychel scored 40 goals for the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires during the 2012-13 season to finish tied for eighth in the OHL with 87 points in 68 games and surpass his 2011-12 points total (41-33-74) in 68 games.  Rychel played for TeamCanadaat the 2012 Under-18 World Championship, tying for the team lead in goals (5) and helping the team win bronze.  He served as an alternate captain at the 2011 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament at which he helpedCanadacapture gold.

 

Marko Dano recorded 3-4-7, 26 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 37 appearances with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2012-13. The 5-11, 183-pound forward also tallied 1-1-2 in five games played with TeamSlovakiain the 2013 World Championships. 

 

Dillon Heatherington (2nd round, 50th overall) is a 6-3, 196-pound blueliner who has registered 6-31-37, 143 penalty minutes and a +27 plus/minus rating in 129 career Western Hockey League games with the Swift Current Broncos.  Last season, he notched 4-23-27, 80 penalty minutes and was +25 in 71 contests.

 

Oliver Bjorkstrand (3rd round, 89th overall) spent his rookie WHL season with the Portland Winterhawks in 2012-13 and registered 31-32-63 with 10 penalty minutes and was +38 in 65 games.  The Herning,Denmark native played for his hometown club in 2011-12, notching 13-13-26 and 10 penalty minutes in 36 games.

 

Nick Moutrey (4th round, 105th overall) has spent the past two seasons with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit, tallying 18-34-52 in 131 games played. The 6-2, 208-pound forward recorded 43-46-89 in 40 appearances with the Midget AAA York Simcoe Express in 2010-11 and was picked by Saginaw in the opening round, 15th overall, of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection Draft.  

 

Markus Soberg (6th round, 165th overall) recorded 10-16-26 and a +29 plus/minus rating in 36 appearances with Frolunda inSweden’s top junior league last season. He recorded 5-5-10 and was +3 in 25 games with Frolunda in 2011-12.

 

Peter Quenneville (7th round, 195th overall) spent the 2012-13 season as a rookie with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. He tallied 33-37-70 with 18 penalty minutes and was +29 in 63 games. He spent the previous two seasons with the Sherwood Parks Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

 

Visit BlueJackets.com/draftcentral for a comprehensive look at the club’s 2013 NHL Draft coverage, including exclusive interviews with the newest Blue Jackets, photo galleries and more.   

 

BLUE JACKETS 2013 ENTRY DRAFT RECAP: Round (Overall): 1 (14) – C Alexander Wennberg, Djurgarden (Sweden Jr.); 1 (19) – LW Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL); 1 (27) – C Marko Dano, Bratislava (KHL); 2 (50) – D Dillon Heatherington, Swift Current (WHL); 3 (89) – RW Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland (WHL); 4 (105) – LW/C Nick Moutrey, Saginaw (OHL); 6 (165) – RW Markus Soberg, Frolunda (Sweden Jr.) ; 7 (195) – C Peter Quenneville, Dubuque (USHL)

 

ALEXANDER WENNBERG, Center

Hgt.: 6-1, Wgt.: 174, Shoots: Left, Born: September 22, 1994 (Nacka, Sweden)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

2011-12       Djurgarden J20       SuperElit   42          n/a          1       18       19          7         6                            3        0          1          1        0

2011-12       Djurgarden              SEL                1          n/a          0          0          0          0         0                           …       …         …         …    …

2012-13       Djurgarden J20       SuperElit      2          n/a          1          1          2          2         0                            1        0          1          1    0

2012-13       Djurgarden              SWE-1        46          n/a       14       18       32       10        14                 3        0        3          3          0                   

SWE-1 Totals                                                    46             …       14       18       32       10        14                  3        0        3          3          0   

SEL Totals                                                            1             …          0          0          0          0         0                           …       …         …         …    …

SuperElit Totals                                               44             …          2       19       21          9      6                     4        0        2          2          0   

 

KERBY RYCHEL, Left Wing

Hgt.: 6-1, Wgt.: 205, Shoots: Left, Born: October 7, 1994 (Torrance, California)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

2010-11      Mississauga            OHL            30          n/a          2          6          8          5        47                …       …       …         …         …

2010-11      Windsor                   OHL            32          n/a          5          8       13        -1      26                         18        2          4          6    14          

2011-12      Windsor                   OHL            68          n/a       41       33       74          3      54                            4        2          0          2    5

2012-13      Windsor                   OHL            68          n/a       40       47       87      -21      94                           …       …         …         …    …

OHL Totals                                                      198             …       88       94     182      -14     221               22        4        4          8       19

 

MARKO DANO, Center

Hgt.: 5-11, Wgt.: 183, Shoots: Left, Born: November 30, 1994 (Eisenstadt, Austria)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

2010-11       Trencin                   Slovakia       8          n/a          0          1          1          2      10                           …       …         …         …    …

2011-12       Trencin                   Slovakia     32          n/a          4          6       10          6       12                  9        0        3          3       18

2012-13       HC Slovan                KHL            37          n/a          3          4          7          4       26                  4        0        0          0          0

KHL Totals                                                        37             …          3          4          7          4       26                  4        0        0          0          0

SVK Totals                                                         40             …          4          7       11          8       22                  9        0        3          3       18

 

DILLON HEATHERINGTON, Defense

Hgt.: 6-3, Wgt.: 196, Shoots: Left, Born: May 9, 1995 (Calgary, Alberta)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

2010-11       Swift Current          WHL             1          n/a          0          0          0          0          0                 …       …       …         …         …

2011-12       Swift Current          WHL           57          n/a          2          8       10          2      63                           …       …         …         …    …

2012-13       Swift Current          WHL           71          n/a          4       23       27       25      80                            5        0          3          3    0

WHL Totals                                                     129             …          6       31       37       27     143                  5        0        3          3          0

 

OLIVER BJORKSTRAND, Right Wing

Hgt.: 5-10, Wgt.: 166, Shoots: Left, Born: April 10, 1995 (Herning, Denmark)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

2011-12       Herning                   Denmark   36          n/a       13       13       26      n/a      10                           …       …         …         …    …

2012-13      Portland                   WHL           65          n/a       31       32       63       38      10                         21        8       11       19    4

WHL Totals                                                       65             …       31       32       63       38       10               21        8     11       19          4   

 

NICK MOUTREY, Center/Left Wing  

Hgt.: 6-2, Wgt.: 208, Shoots: Left, Born: June 24, 1995 (Toronto, Ontario)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

2011-12      Saginaw                    OHL            66          n/a          2          7          9      -12      46                           …       …         …         …    …

2012-13      Saginaw                    OHL            65          n/a       16       27       43          2      44                            4        0          0          0    12

OHL Totals                                                      131             …       18       34       52      -10       90                  4        0        0          0       12

 

MARKUS SOBERG, Right Wing

Hgt.: 6-0, Wgt.: 176, Shoots: Left, Born: April 22, 1995 (Oslo, Norway)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

2011-12       Frolunda Jr.             SWE Jr.      25          n/a          5          5       10         …       12                  4        0        1          1        0

2011-12       Frolunda U18          SWE Jr.U18 27         n/a       26       16       42         …      26                           …       …         …         …    …

2012-13       Frolunda Jr.             SWE Jr.      36          n/a       10       16       26         …      10                            1        0          1          1    0

SWE Jr. Totals                                                  61             …       15       21       36                   90                  4        0        0          0       12

                                               

PETER QUENNEVILLE, Center/Right Wing   

Hgt.: 5-11, Wgt.: 176, Shoots: Right, Born: March 9, 1995 (Edmonton, Alberta)

Career Statistics                                                                       Regular Season                                                         Playoffs

Year              Team                        League      GP          TOI         G         A      PTS      +/-     PIM               GP       G       A      PTS     PIM

                2012-13      Dubuque                 USHL          63          n/a       33       37       70       29      18                  9        6        3          9          2   

                USHL Totals                                                      63             …       33       37       70       29       18                  9        6        3          9          2