10 players for the Blue Jackets to consider with their fourth overall pick at the upcoming draft

We'll have to wait and see what is available, but one thing is for certain: the Blue Jackets will have some good options with the fourth overall pick at Friday's NHL Draft.
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2. Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State University (NCAA)

Artyom Levshunov
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Artyom Levshunov would be an excellent pick for the Blue Jackets to make at fourth overall. He's one of the most well-rounded defensemen in the entire draft, and a future right side with both him and David Jiricek involved, is mighty appealing.

Levshunov is 6'2" and already has a pro build at 210 pounds. As a late birthday, he's one of the oldest players in the entire draft and I think he'll be an NHL player as soon as 2025.

He can produce offensively, but is also an active defender, able to use his size, strength, skating, and reach to break up plays. He's an all-around beast, who does everything assertive and at a high level.

By the time it's all said and done, he could develop into a 20-25 minute per night defenseman in the NHL, who contributes in all situations. He and Buium are neck and neck at the top of this draft for me, and it may just come down to style when teams decide which one they prefer.

Why they should take him: Levshunov fills a massive hole on the future right side for the Blue Jackets. He might even overtake Jiricek as the top defense prospect in this build.

Why they should avoid him: Really, there's no reason. Taking Levshunov fourth overall would be a nice little win for the Jackets at this draft.