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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5. Anton Silayev, D, Torpedo (KHL, Russia)

SKA Hockey Club player, Zakhar Bardakov (10) and Torpedo...
SKA Hockey Club player, Zakhar Bardakov (10) and Torpedo... / SOPA Images/GettyImages

The Blue Jackets have given up 300+ goals in each of the last three seasons. Anton Silayev would be a move towards changing that number eventually, if not right away.

At 6'7" and over 200 pounds, Silayev is one of the most unique prospects I've seen in my over 20 years following that side of the game. He's an elite skater in every sense - yes, I just used that "E" word to describe a 6'7" defenseman's footwork.

He's already a refined defender, able to break up plays in a variety of ways using his stick, skating, or size. I think he could step into the NHL and play in a limited shutdown role as early as next season, if he wanted to.

But he doesn't pack a big offensive punch, which is usually what you would expect from a defenseman taken inside the top-10, or, better yet, top-5. He's a high end defender though, which may be enough to entice someone to take a big swing here.

Why they should take him: He's likely going to become the best pure defender out of the draft, is one of the best skaters in the class, and he's 6'7".

Why they should avoid him: He's strictly a defensive defenseman, with very limited offensive upside. High floor, low ceiling player. It's easier to teach highly skilled guys to defend, than guys like this to have skill...