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NHL Draft 2013: Will Blue Jackets leverage three first-round picks?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have three first-round selections in the 2013 NHL Draft. The club is willing to move the picks if the right opportunity materializes.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are open to leveraging their three first-round selections in the 2013 NHL Draft, according to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, as told to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

Columbus currently owns the No. 14, 19 and 27 overall selections in Sunday's draft. The Calgary Flames also possess three selections (No. 6, 22 and 28) and have reportedly offered them to the Colorado Avalanche for the first-overall pick (Colorado declined). According to Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets are keeping an eye on what Calgary is doing, as he believes the two clubs are speaking to similar teams about potential deals.

The manager stated that he has held preliminary discussions with the Avalanche about the top-pick. However, an offer wasn't formally presented and a deal seems unlikely. Colorado reportedly wants to remain near the top of the board, which Columbus would be unable to provide them.

However, this hasn't deterred Kekalanien from pursuing other opportunities that could potentially improve the club, via the Columbus Dispatch:

"You have to be really sure if you're going to sell all of your picks. But we're not ruling anything out. There's always a group of special players in every draft, no matter how deep it is. That's why teams want to move up, even in a deep draft."

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