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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9. Zayne Parekh, D, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

Zayne Parekh
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We talked just last week about Parekh and his potential to be the best defenseman to come out of this year's draft. His upside is through the roof, and he could be the next great defenseman in that Cale Makar/Quinn Hughes role.

He just starred for an entire season in the OHL, and on a Memorial Cup winning team, no less.

So, why wouldn't the Blue Jackets draft him here? The main reason I have him so low on my list of desires: the Jackets just don't need more offense from the blue line.

Zach Werenski, Damon Severson, Denton Mateychuk, David Jiricek, Adam Boqvist, and Stanislav Svozil; are all puck movers in their own right. It's just a crowded back-end from the offensive perspective.

Why they should take him: Zayne Parekh has tremendous upside and could be an elite offensive defenseman.

Why they should avoid him: He doesn't fill any vacant needs for the team short or long-term.