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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3. Ivan Demidov, RW, SK St Petersburg (KHL, Russia)

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If Ivan Demidov is available with the fourth overall pick, the Blue Jackets will have no choice but to take him. He probably has the highest offensive upside in the entire draft, and I'm not even sure anyone else is close as far as forwards are concerned. Macklin Celebrini may be the top prospect because of his overall game, but Demidov has game breaking skill.

Ivan's stock has risen rapidly in the last couple of weeks, as his official size has changed - and he's talked about coming to North America soon, rather than later. My gut tells me that if Chicago doesn't take him second overall, Anaheim will run to the stage to take him third before anyone can change their minds.

This is a player who could become an elite play driver from the wing, an elite offensive producer in the mold of recent Russian superstars like Nikita Kucherov or Kirill Kaprizov.

Teams will be kicking themselves if they pass on Demidov and he comes over in 1-2 years - much like they currently are with Philadelphia's Matvei Michkov. Demidov is the only player in this draft that I feel would be capable of challening Macklin Celebrini for first overall, if they went head-to-head. He's that good.

Why they should take him: If he's on the board, he's the best player available. You have to take him.

Why they should avoid him: No reason. He's a winger, which we talked about them not needing earlier. But, he's good enough that you take him anyway, and build a position of strength.