Just responding in order that I see something worth responding to:
- I also like Tyutin, and have. He's nothing special, and it's debatable at whether or not he should have been drafted (I'm not so sure he should have, but I haven't given it a ton of thought) but he's been a decent player in his career. Steady Eddy. Better with the Rangers than with the Jackets, in my opinion. Not tracking upward in my opinion either.
- Hejda, in a vacuum, is a #4/5 d-man, but he really worked well last season with the Avs new shebang-a-bang...I don't rate him quite that highly on the shutdown scale, but it also depends on what encompasses a "shutdown dmen" - I can think of at least one player that was in a similar situation as Hejda last year that has not been selected and is better than him, for instance.
- I agree with MR25, the d-men in a vacuum lack a lot of, well, most things...JMFJ is probably the most talented of the lot, but it's hardly without warts...you honestly could have not drafted a single d-man from that team and no one would have batted an eyelash...Wiz makes for a fine PP specialist...but when you're talking about 61st or 78th best d-man in the league, I mean, what are we really hashing out here? Preference. It's all about utilizing them correctly.
- If MR25 had more thoughts about the proper utilization of the Blue Jackets d-men and how their system covers (or doesn't) for individual weaknesses, I think we'd all be more interested to hear this, if he's willing to share. Then again, these are future opponents that he might be sharing info with, so maybe not.