Colorado College recruit drafted in first round

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The Columbus Blue Jackets were willing to wait for John Moore.

After making a trade to move down and another to move up, the Blue Jackets grabbed the defenseman from Chicago of the United States Hockey League with the No. 21 pick in the first round of Friday's NHL draft at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Moore is 6-foot-2 and weighs 192 pounds. The offensive-minded blue-liner had 14 goals and 25 assists in 57 games last season with Chicago.

The Blue Jackets originally had the 16th pick in the opening round but dealt it along with a third-round pick, No. 77 overall. In return, they received the No. 26 pick in the first round, No. 37 in the second, No. 62 in the third and No. 92 in the fourth from the Islanders.

Then they dealt the 26th and 37th picks to Anaheim to get Moore.

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