Since his promotion from minor-league Springfield on Wednesday, Nick Drazenovic has spent lots of time shaking hands and getting to know his new teammates. It seems they have a few questions for him, too.
Drazenovic, who was having a breakout season in the American Hockey League, was a sixth-round pick (171st overall) of the St. Louis Blues in 2005, which means he was drafted by Jarmo Kekalainen.
Kekalainen was named the Blue Jackets’ general manager on Wednesday, replacing Scott Howson. From 2002 to ’10, Kekalainen was the Blues’ assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting.
“I guess I’m the only guy in the room who really knows him,” said Drazenovic, who signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in July 2011. “Me and Jarmo go way back.”
The No. 1 question is rather predictable: What is this guy like?
“I was pretty immature back then with my work ethic and the time I put into hockey off the ice,” Drazenovic said. “I look back, and I see that now. Well, Jarmo is a pretty straight-line guy.
“He comes across as a very intelligent guy, a guy who doesn’t waste a lot of words.”
Blue Jackets forwards Derick Brassard and Nick Foligno have met Kekalainen once — when they were interviewing as prospects with clubs before the draft. They said the interview with the Blues was memorable.
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