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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4. Zeev Buium, D, University of Denver (NCAA)

Zeev Buium
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If I were the GM of the Blue Jackets, Zeev Buium is right near the top of my list in this draft. Personally, I believe he's the best all-around defenseman in the entire class. I would take him as high as second overall, given the need.

There's only one problem here: do the Blue Jackets really need him? Buium is a terrific skater, who is equally effective defending or attacking. He just won a National Championship with Denver, and to me, he looks like a 15-year top-4 defenseman in the NHL.

I don't see him having the offensive upside of Parekh, or the size and defensive acumen of Silayev ... but he's only a slight notch below both of them on both sides of the puck. Buium will never be elite in any one area, but he's a Ryan McDonagh type of defenseman who will be heavily leaned upon in all situations. He'll be an unheralded, crucial part of a lot of winning teams.

Why they should take him: He could be a terrific top-four defenseman for a long time.

Why they should avoid him: It's close between him and the other top ranked defenseman in this class, but he's a left hand shot. The Jackets are in good shape on their future left side, so the other guy may make more sense for them.