Scott Howson addressed a present need at the goaltending position before making any moves toward the future at Friday evening's NHL draft.
The Columbus Blue Jackets general manager took time away from fielding offers for power forward Rick Nash to acquire Sergei Bobrovsky from Philadelphia for the 45th overall and 117th overall selections this weekend along with a fourth-rounder (from Phoenix) in 2013.
Columbus ranked 28th in the 30-team NHL in goals-against average in the 2011-12 season with a 3.13 mark.
Steve Mason, the league's top rookie in 2009 with a 2.29 GAA, came in at 3.39 with a .894 save percentage this past season in 46 games. Curtis Sanford was significantly better with a 2.60 GAA and .911 save percentage over 36 contests.
Bobrovsky, 23, has a career record of 42-23-10 with a 2.73 GAA and .909 save percentage with the Flyers. He posted a 14-10-2 mark with a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage in 29 games last season.
Bobrovsky played four seasons with Metallurg in his native Russia from 2006-'10.With files from the Canadian Press