General manager Scott Howson has said time and time again that the team is prepared to trade the draft pick to bring in immediate help for the team.
Then a couple weeks ago, rumors emerged that the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers had been in discussions about sending the first-round pick as well as Jakub Voracek to the Flyers for 26-year-old Jeff Carter.
As the rumors began to intensify, Carter's agent, via NHL.com, stated that Carter had talked to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and that he was not going to be traded.
Then last night, HockeyBuzz.com published a blog that stated "Jeff Carter has NOT been traded to Columbus," which was to deny a tweet that had been posted earlier that evening.
Regardless of what either side says, the future of Jeff Carter will not be known until after the draft and free-agency period begin.
It will be interesting to see the game plan that Scott Howson has in play, if the Blue Jackets are unsuccessful in bringing Carter to Columbus.
Here are a couple of scenarios that could happen.