NEW YORK (WFAN) — Would you trade an entire draft class for one player — namely, defenseman Ryan Murray?
With the No. 4 selection and facing a draft loaded with defensive talent, the Islanders reportedly offered the whole kit and kaboodle — seven picks, one in each round — to Columbus for the Blue Jackets’ position at No. 2 overall, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Perhaps more surprising than the offer itself, the Blue Jackets turned it down to draft the coveted Murray, Portzline reported.
The Islanders’ consolation prize: defenseman Griffin Reinhart.
New York general manager Garth Snow used his remaining selection Nos. 34, 65, 103, 125, 155 and 185 to draft defensemen Ville Pokka, Adam Pelech, Loic Leduc, Doyle Somerby, Jesse Graham and Jake Bischoff.
Murray recorded nine goals and 22 assists last season for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.
“No comment,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson told the Dispatch.
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