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March 19-25 Minor League/NCAA Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 26, 2012
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The Springfield Falcons continue to fight for there playoff lives sitting only three points out of eight place with eight games remaining. Any more weekends like last week will probably doom the Falcons. Springfield went 0-2-1 last week losing to Adirondack on Saturday and Sunday after losing to Bridgeport in a shootout on Friday. Leading the way was Matt Calvert who had a goal and three assists adding to his current six game point streak in which he has three goals and five assists. Nicholas Drazenovic had his five game goal/point streak snapped in Sunday’s loss. The only other players with multiple points were Dane Byers who’s goal was the 100th of his professional career(99 AHL 1 NHL) and Maksim Mayorov who had two assists.
Another busy week for the Express with the team playing four games winning three of four. Taylor Ellington continued his strong play since being acquired picking up goals in the three wins. Ellington has 10 points in 14 games with the Express after having 22 in 55 games with the Wings…The Kalamazoo Wings that is. Steven Delisle found his way back onto the scoresheet for the first time since November when he assisted on Ellington’s 10 of the season. Somehow I missed the fact that after last week the ECHL regular season is over and the Express are in a dogfight for eighth in the Eastern Conference tied with three other teams and only two points out of seventh. One of the games is against a team its tied with playing Cincinnati on Tuesday then playing the third place team the Kalamazoo Wings who sit in third right now.
As I said last week a slight change in schedule as this post is just about the NCAA kids plus Mike Reilly and Anton Forsberg who I found out has been playing with the MODO under 20 team so ill have a bit more on him since I have to catch up. Im gonna keep this ouick on Martin Ouelette since his stats havent changed since his last appearance in February when he got a whole whopping 5:49 of action in a 7-3 smashing of UMass. Ouelette sat on the bench in the Black Bears loss to Minnesota-Dulth in the Regional Semifinal, Ouelette played in nine games going 1-3-0 with a 3.42 GAA and a .871 save percentage. I dont see things getting better as Dan Sullivan appears to have the number one job locked in and he’ll be a junior like Ouelette next season.
Sean Collins-Cornell(ECAC)
Stats 35GP 13-13-26 +3 12PIM
Collins and Cornell was the only team with a Jackets prospect to win on Friday. In the win over Michigan Collins had 2 assists(#12 in the highlights) in the win over the one seed Wolverines. Then in Saturday’s loss to the surprising Ferris St Bulldogs Collins was held scoreless. In his senior year Sean had a career year setting highs in goals, assists and points. In his four years at Cornell Sean had 57 points(30-27-57) in 136 games.
Trent Vogelhuber, Will Weber-Miami(CCHA)
Stats TV-39Gp 4-10-14 +7 55PIM WW- 40GP 0-4-4 +3 69PIM
Both Trent and Will’s collegiate careers came to a end on Friday in the Redhawks 4-3 overtime loss to UMass-Lowell. Vogelhuber had the only point for the Jacket prospects scoring the goal that began Miami’s comeback with his fourth of the season. In four years Trent had 51 points(21-30-51) in 149 games which is sixth among players on this year’s team. Will had 30 points(5-25-30) in 154 games also collecting 263 which is sixth all time.
Kevin Lynch-Michigan(CCHA)
Stats 39G 8-5-13 -3 30PIM
Lynch’s trip to the NCAA tournament didnt last as long as last year’s run to the title game after losing to Cornell in the opening round. Lynch had a goal called back in the first period but got redemption because he ending up scoring with 4:01 left in the third to send the game into overtime which the Wolverines ended up losing in overtime.(the goal is in the highlight above in Collins review about 2:30 in). Lynch ended up finishing tied for ninth on Michigan in scoring with 13 points in 39 games down from 16 his first two years at Ann Arbor.
Seth Ambroz, Jake Hansen-Minnesota(WCHA)
Stats SA-40GP 5-3-8 E 53PIM JH-42GP 15-22-37 +18 56PIM
On to the only NCAA prospects ill be writing about next week as the Gophers are the only team with Jacket’s prospects that won its regional championship. In the Gophers two wins Seth was held off the scoresheet but was even. Jake Hansen on the other hand was a star in the game, Jake scored two goals(1:07 first goal 2:00 second goal) including the game winner. Jake scored his first goal in his usual fashion on the power play by a tip in on the power play while the second was probably the hardest empty net goal of his career. The next day it was a rematch of WCHA Final Five semifinals against North Dakota in the win Jake added to his point streak with a assist giving him seven in the last six games. Next weekend the Gophers will face off against the Boston College Eagles in one of the two Frozen Four finals.
Drew Olson-Minnesota-Duluth(WCHA)
Stats 41GP 1-7-8 +7 51PIM
Drew had his usual weekend going scoreless in the weekend split at the NCAA Regional. In the Bulldogs win over Maine Drew was a +1. The next day in a 4-0 loss to Boston College in the Regional Final Drew was even. Drew had a career highs in assists and points this season and will be one of the seven seniors returning only two being on defense.
Mike Reilly-Penticton(BCHL)
Playoff Stats 6GP 1-3-4 8PIM
The Vees played games four, five and six last week winning games five and six by a combined score of 8-2 including a 4-0 win in game six. In the game five victory Mike had two assists in the victory for his only points last week. Mike and the Vees move onto the Interior Conference final against the Merritt Centennials, in six games against the Centennials this season Mike had four goals and nine assists for 13 points.
Anton Forsberg-MODO(Sweden)
As I said above I missed something with MODO(sue me for missing something in a foreign language) while the big club was still in the playoffs Forsberg played with the U20 team on the 17th in there playoffs Forsberg started against Timra losing in overtime stopping 26 of 29 in the loss. On the 22nd MODO faced off with Farjestads Anton loss again stopping 23 of 28 in a 5-3 loss, Forsberg was given a night off with backup or starter(I have no idea) Linus Ullmark won 2-0 thus following hockey rules you give him the start and Ullmark lasted all of 2:19 before turning it over to Forsberg when Linus and his Blanket(I had to) stopped one of three shots. Coming on in relief Anton stopped 26 of 27 in a 4-3 overtime win helping MODO advance to the next round where they will face off against Linkopings HC.
There you have it folks this week’s prospect week in review my next post will probably be my CHL 1st round review and it should be really positive as most have a 2-0 lead.

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Stop It Right Here: The Anatomy of a Goal

Posted by The Coach on March 24, 2012
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In the Blue Jackets victory over the Hurricanes last night, R.J. Umberger scored his first hat trick in three years, Derick Brassard was fantastic, and Jack Johnson contributed two assists, including the 100th of his career. However, I would like to take a look at the lone goal allowed by Steve Mason during his 39 save game. Before I get into the breakdown, let’s take a look:

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This goal was a typical hockey goal. That may sound reductive, but most goals are not the result of one great play by the offensive player or one terrible miscue by a defensive player. Instead, they come from one breakdown leading to another, then to another, with the cascade of mistakes leading to a goal. In my estimation, this goal includes eight miscues by seven different players. Let’s review them in reverse order:

Mistake #8: John Moore does not tie up Drayson Bowman. After Mason makes the initial save, Moore is not able to stop Bowman. Since Moore turned sideways to get into the way of the shot, his stick is facing away from Bowman, so he attempts to use a hipcheck to knock Bowman off the puck. It didn’t work.

Mistake #7: The rebound allowed by Mason. The initial save was actually quite nice, as the spot just above the pads while dropping into the butterfly can be a tough stop. However, Mason gets his glove on it, but it pops right back out to Bowman. That either needs to be caught by Mason or more likely directed into the opposite corner.

Mistake #6: Bad backcheck by Ryan Johansen. As Johansen is coming back into the zone he hustles hard at first but then lets up. Additionally, he doesn’t take a man, he simply skates back in the middle of the ice. He could have provided some back pressure on Bowman, or he could have taken a couple more hard strides and gotten into the passing lane. Going back a bit further, Johansen is almost side by side with Pat Dwyer (#39) in the neutral zone. This would have allowed Moore to play the two on one slightly more aggressively.

Mistake #5: Lack of hustle from Aaron Johnson. Johnson steps onto the ice as the Hurricanes are starting to turn up ice with the puck. Johnson is parallel to Dwyer at the red line, however Johnson doesn’t appear in the frame again until after Bowman takes the first shot. When he finally does appear, he is coasting. While he only could have influenced Dwyer, this would have forced Dwyer to to go the net instead of dropping high for the one-timer. This would have allowed Moore to play the two on one more aggressively, as well as changing the angle that Mason would have taken on the initial shot.

Mistake #4: Poor angle by Ryan Johansen in the neutral zone.  Brandon Sutter (#16) arrives at the puck just before Johansen, but he doesn’t take the body, doesn’t take the puck, and leaves both Dwyer and Bowman open as passing options. Further, Johansen skated straight at the puck. If he took a wider angle, he could have taken the pass away with his stick, while using his body to prevent Sutter from cutting into open ice. Furthermore, this angle means that Johansen had to almost stop and start back instead of being able to curl and keep his speed. This allows Dwyer to get a step on him that factored into his bad backcheck. It’s little things like this that Johansen needs to keep working on and are likely the reason why he has been out of the lineup as much as he has under Todd Richards.

Mistake #3: Lazy line change by David Savard (although possibly a lack of awareness by Aaron Johnson coming off the bench). In the screencap above you can see both Savard and Jack Johnson side by side coming off the ice. John Moore took the first man and jumped right into the play and stopped a Bowman breakaway. Aaron Johnson took the second man and was late enough that he didn’t even appear in the defensive zone until just before the puck was in the net. If you look at the start of the video, as Ryan Russell starts up the ice with the puck, Jack Johnson can be seen along the boards furthest from the Blue Jackets bench, while Savard is in the middle of the ice coasting towards the bench. Yet both players got off the ice at the same time. A little more hustle from Savard and Moore is able to establish better gap control on the two on one and Aaron Johnson can get on the ice a second sooner.

Mistake #2: Jared Boll trying to force offense on a two on two with back pressure. Justin Faulk and Joni Pitkanen are both back and have good gap control on Boll and Russell. Dwyer is also right behind them. This is a no win situation. Jared Boll and Ryan Russell are not going to generate a scoring chance off this rush. Boll needs to recognize this sooner and spread wide. Instead, he cuts towards Russell, which allows Pitkanen to stay in the middle and Faulk is able to step up on Russell. Boll should have started towards the right corner on that rush and played the hard wrap. Instead he allows Faulk to cover two players at once.

Mistake #1: The first mistake is the biggest. Ryan Russell’s turnover at the blue line is simply inexcusable. Especially for a player in a depth role such as him, and on a two on three with Jared Boll, there is absolutely no way that puck doesn’t get deep into the Hurricanes zone. That is the kind of mistake that gets a player like Russell scratched or demoted. Ryan Russell has very few responsibilities when he is on the ice. He isn’t a physical player and he isn’t offensively talented. His job is to keep the puck out of the Jackets end. That’s really it. I cannot stress how inexcusable this turnover is. This wasn’t at the red line either. Russell had more than enough time to chip the puck into the left corner, fire it into the right corner, or try for a hard wrap to the far side. Instead he carried the puck right into Faulk. Boll’s play didn’t help, but Boll was playing the soft dump and Russell didn’t even recognize that. This mistake is further exacerbated by the timing. This play came right at the end of a Blue Jackets powerplay. The forwards had changed, but Savard and Johnson were trapped on the ice for a significant amount of time and desperately needed to get off. Russell has to be aware that his defense is changing here and make sure the puck gets deep. Instead he skates it right into Faulk and the cascade of miscues begins. Let’s take a final look:

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CBJ CHL Prospect Season Review/Playoff Preview

Posted by CBJProspects on March 20, 2012
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Hello all back again yes two posts in one week I’m a wild man. This will be one part week in review one part season review and finally one part playoff preview as all our CHL prospects made the playoffs.

Boone Jenner
Regular Season Stats 43GP 22-27-49 +12 59PIM
Boone and the Generals had four games last week going 1-2-1. Boone had a goal and 3 assists last week including a goal and a assist in a win over Peterborough. Boone ended the year with nine points in eight games in March after missing all of February with a concussion. Jenner finished fifth on the Generals with 49 points in 43 games played(22-27-49). Boone missed 25 games overall either because of injury or because of playing in the World Juniors. Jenner was named the OHL Eastern Conference’s Hardest Working Player and finished second for the Best on Faceoffs award in a coach’s poll. Boone and the Generals made the OHL playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference they’ll now faceoff against the Niagara IceDogs. The IceDogs scored the most goals in the OHL and feature three of the top 15 picks in this years draft. Boone and then Generals only played the Dogs twice in the regular season splitting the series with Boone having a goal and a assist in the win and missing the loss due to his concussion.

Dalton Smith
Regular Season Stats 53GP 15-10-25 -8 65PIM
Dalton went scoreless in the 67s three games last week(he went scoreless in his last 12 technically but details details). It was another down year for Dalton but he was signed by the Jackets before the year so he’s set for next season. The 67s won the OHL’s East Division for the second year in a row and hope to last longer in the playoffs then they did last year when they were swept by the Sudbury Wolves. This years opponents are the seven seed Belleville Bulls who the 67s dominated in the regular season going 7-0-1 against the Bulls. The Bulls better watch out for Dalton on multiple fronts both physically and on the scoresheet. In the team’s season opener Dalton plowed/launched a flying elbow into Belleville goalie and top draft prospect Malcolm Subban(who I think the Jackets should draft with the LA pick if we have) earning Dalton a game misconduct and a 10 game suspension. In the other five games Dalton had five goals and five assists including his first OHL hat trick.

Brandon Archibald
Regular Season Stats 67GP 1-15-16 +8 65PIM
Brandon went scoreless in the Spirit’s three wins last week but showed maybe he is more of a shutdown D as he was a +5 all in a 7-1 win over first round opponent the Sarnia Sting. Im not sure what I can say about Brandon for this year again as I said maybe I shouldn’t worry about points amd how he is defensively because since February Brandon was a +14(and I know a lot of you don’t like +/- leave me alone it’s all I’ve got). The Spirit enter the playoffs as the five seed which has to be impressive seeing as they only won 2 of there first 10(sound familiar) and being sellers at the deadline dealing among others 6’7 defenseman Jamie Olesniak. So the Spirt get to face off with the four see the Sarnia Sting that have(when healthy) two of the top NHL draft prospects the possible Jacket(I want us to draft him but that’s me)Nail Yakupov and Alec Galchenyuk. In six games against the Sting the Spirit went 2-4 winning the last two. In the six games Brandon had 3 assists and was a +7 being a +9 in the two wins.

Lukas Sedlák
Regular Season Stats 50GP 17-28-45 +24 57PIM
Lukas returned from a shoulder injury last week and went scoreless to finish the season. Sedlák like Jenner also missed time with injuries and playing in the World Junior tournament. Sedlák was the Sagueneens leading rookie scorer and was sixth on the team and 12th in the league. Sedlák went on tear from November to January scoring 31 points in 23 games also scoring his first hat trick. According to the teams announcer that I follow Sedlák played on Chicoutimi’s top line all year. In the playoffs Chicoutimi will play Acadie-Bathurst in the 8-9 matchup. The teams played twice in the regular season earning a split with the Titan winning in overtime, Lukas had a goal and a assist in the series.

Petr Straka
Regular Season Stats 54GP 18-19-37 -9 41PIM
Straka and the Oceanic went 1-1 last week withe Petr earning a assist in a win over Chicoutimi. Straka bounced back from a bad second season scoring 12 more points in 13 more games but still down from his 64 point rookie season. The Oceanic will face the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the 7-10 matchup, the Foreurs won the season series going 3-1 with one win coming in overtime. Straka missed the first two games while he was at Jackets training camp both losses. In the other two games Petr had two goals and a assist.

Mathieu Corbeil
Regular Season Stats 48GP 37-10-1 .910Sv% 3.28GAA 6SO 2 assists
The Sea Dogs closed the season out with a three game win streak with Mathieu Corbeil winning two of them. Against his old team Halifax Mathieu came within 17 minutes of tying the QMJHL shutout record. Then after a night off in which his backup had a shutout setting a new Q record for shutouts by a team then in a rematch the next night against first round punching bag uhh I mean opponent Cape Breton, despite starting out slow the Dogs hung on to win 6-3. Corbeil was pulled in the third period stopping 16 of 19 but still earned the win. Mathieu made the Sea Dogs rewrite its record book setting new season records for wins(37), shutouts(6) and career wins(50). Mathieu also won the QMJHL’s Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy for lowest GAA(2.38), Corbeil was among the league leaders in every star including leading the league in wins, shutouts and GAA. Mathieu helped the Sea Dogs become the first Q team to win 50 games, the regular season title and have 100 points three years in a row. The Sea Dogs and Screaming Eagles have played each other in the first round in three of the last four years. I said punching bag earlier because last year the Dogs out scored the Eagles 26-2 in of course a four game sweep. The Q does it’s playoffs like a NCAA bracket with 1 playing 16 and so on with only one team not making the playoffs. They played each other 6 times with Corbeil winning 4 of them with a 2.83GAA and a .896 save percentage. The Eagles won one game in the series and that’s when Saint John was decimated by NHL training camps early in the year.

Michael Chaput
Regular Season Stats 57GP 21-42-63 +39 47PIM
Chaput and the Cataractes finished the season with a weekend split with Michael having a assist in each game to give him 42 on the season adding to his career high. Chaput set new highs in assists and points in helping Shawinigan win the Telus East Dividion after coming to the team in the Lewiston dispersal draft, Chaput led the Cats in assists playing on a line with 40 goal scorer Anton Zlobin(who I think we should sign) and MAINEiacs teammate Kirill Kabanov. Michael won 62% of the faceoffs he took this season including one three game set that he only lost 12 of 63 draws or 81%. Shawinigan will play Rouyn-Noranda in the 2-15 matchup the teams split the regular season with Michael having a goal and two assists missing one of the losses at Jackets camp.

Austin Madaisky
Regular Season Stats 70GP 13-37-50 +21 85PIM
Austin and the Blazers went 1-2 last week with Austin having a assist in the win. Austin finished the season with career highs in goals(13), assists(37) and points(50) with his previous high in points being 27. Madaisky led the Blazers D in scoring and finished among the leaders in the WHL. 11 of Austin’s 13 goals were on the power play. Austin came the closest of all the CHL prospects to play in every game missing only two because of a suspension in February. Austin helped the Blazers win it’s first BC Division title in 10 years, the Blazers will play the Victoria Royals in the 2-7 matchup of the Western Conference. In eight games this year the Blazers won seven of them, Austin played in seven missing the last because of the suspension. In the seven games Austin had three assists and was a +6.

Oliver Gabriel
Regular Season Stats 39GP 20-22-42 +15 32
Oliver had the best week of the prospects last week scoring four goals and a assist. Starting off on Wednesday Oliver scored his 17th goal of the year in a 4-3 loss to Victoria and was held off the scoresheet in the rematch on Friday. Sunday would be the last regular season game of Oliver’s WHL career as he’s one of the Hawks three 20 year olds and he decided to go out in style. In the game that Seattle had to win to make the playoffs the Winterhawks of course had other ideas handing the Thunderbirds a 8-2 loss. In the win Oliver became the only Jacket’s prospect with multiple hat tricks this season going with his one in January also adding a assist and was named first star. Oliver started the year out in Springfield with the Falcons but was sent back in late November to get some playing time and boy did he playing a pivotal role on the third line scoring career highs in goals, assists and points for the second year in a row. In his WHL career Oliver played in 171 games scoring 109 points including 74 over the last two years. Oliver and the WInterhawks will now play the Kelowna Rockets and there little green lizard logo(its something to do with like a local loch nessesque legend). The Winterhawks swept the Rockets in the regular season with Oliver playing in two of the four games scoring a goal.

Well there you have it folks a week in review, a season review and a playoff preview all in one big post. As I said in my earlier post the schedule will change for these posts as I’m going to start waiting until each round is over before doing a write up so to keep up to date follow @CBJprospects and as always thanks for reading my nonsense.

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March 12-18 Prospect Week in Review Part 1

Posted by CBJProspects on March 19, 2012
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Hello all first things first a small change of schedule, starting next week ill have the review for the two pro development leagues(AHL, ECHL)then a update on players in the NCAA tournament and finishing with how Mike Reilly and Anton Forsberg are doing in there playoffs.Starting off in Springfield another weekend of three in three for the Falcons and with Allen York traveling with the Blue Jackets and Paul Dainton dealing with family issues the Falcons needed a goalie they signed Brown University goalie Mike Clemente who went 2-0 including picking up his first career shutout in a win over Connecticut. The Falcons went 2-1 last week with the loss coming to Providence on Sunday. Nick Drazenovic led the Falcons in scoring last week with goal in each game also adding two assists. Matt Calvert also had four points including a goal and a assist against Providence and has six points in his last five games. The only other players with multiple points were Martin St. Pierre with two assists against Portland and Dalton Prout had a goal and a assits and Brent Regner had two assists to continue to lead Falcons Dmen in scoring. As of this writing the Falcons were only a point out of eight place somehow being in 10th place despite having more wins than 9th.

Onto Chicago heres Jacket’s defenseman prospects Steven Delisle wearing the Express’ St Patrick’s Day jersey. In four games last week the Express went 1-2-1 with Delisle being held off the scoresheet and Taylor Ellington adding to his season high five game point streak. Ellington had his first multi point game when he had two assists in a overtime loss to Trenton.Quickly for the non scoring prospects sorry folks I had this all written out then out of nowhere I lost pretty much the whole thing. Thomas Larkin was scoreless in the Raiders two losses ending his season with 14 points in 37 games. Thomas was named third team all league during the leagues award banquet. Martin Ouelette did his usual in the Black Bears win against Boston University then a loss to Boston College. Maine will play Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Both Trent Vogelhuber and Will Weber went scoreless as the Redhawks lost to eventual champion Western Michigan then beating the suprising Bowling Green in the CCHA tournament. Miami will play UMass-Lowell in the NCAA Tournament. Kevin Lynch went scoreless in a opposite weekend of the Hawks beating the Falcons then losing to the Broncos. Lynch and the Wolverines are the top seed of the Midwest regional and will play Cornell. Seth Ambroz was scoreless in the Gopher’s loss to North Dakota he and Jake Hansen will play Boston University in the first round. TJ Tynan was named first team all CCHA at the leagues award banquet. Tynan will enter needing five points to break the 100 point barrier.

Sean Collins-Cornell
Cornell had a little better weekend than Colgate losing to Harvard in a semifinal then winning the consolation game against Colgate. Collins had a point in each game picking up a assist(5:00 in) in the loss. Then in the consolation game Collins scored his 13th goal of the season late in the first period. Collins will face the top seed Michigan in the first round of the tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Jake Hansen-Minnesota
Hansen and the Gophers got off to a hot start leading 3-1 before losing the game 6-3. Hansen scored his 13th goal of the season just five seconds into a power play when he tipped a Erik Huala point shot. Minnesota will be the home team for the West Regional as its being held in St Paul at the Xcel Enery Center.

Drew Olson-Minnesota Duluth
Drew and the Bulldogs lasted a bit longer than the Gophers but only because he played in the longest Final Five game ever losing to Denver in double overtime. Olson had two assists one on a Bulldogs goal the other on a Pioneers goal. Olson was trying to ring the puck around when it bounced off the ref and it was off to the races for a Denver goal. But Olson did have a assist on Jack Connolly’s third period goal. Drew and the Bulldogs will play Maine in the first round of the playoffs in Worcester.

Mike Reilly-Penticton
Mike and the Vees started the playoffs last week, and after winning 54 of 60 games people probably thought this would be a quick series and it could still be one but itll at least take 5 games. Friday night went as expected with the Vees winning 6-1 with Mike picking up a assist on Steven Fogarty’s first period goal. Saturday night the Vees came back from being down 2-0 to tie the game but lost in overtime to make it a 1-1 series.

Anton Forsberg-MODO
Anton hasnt made it into any of the five MODO playoff games and I dont see him making it into any of the few that may remain. MODO was down 2-0 then won the next two to make it 2-2 before losing game 5.

As I always say I thank you for reading my nonsense and again apologize for being so quick. Next ill have to work on the CHL prospects season review/playoff review as all nine made the playoffs four as division champs.

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The State of the Blue Jackets Prospect Pool

Posted by CBJProspects on March 18, 2012
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The Hockey News Future Watch issue came out recently and with me being the CBJ fanbase’s resident prospect guru(geek if you wanna be a jerk bout it) it got the little hamster wheel in my head spinning about what we have coming down the pipeline. The farthest I could go back in past Future Watch issues is 2009 when the Jackets had a A- which put the Jackets among the top 7 teams. In 2010 the team dropped to 10th with a B grade keeping that grade also in 2011. This years issue is when it gets ugly dropping to 24th with a C+. After this season the Blue Jackets prospect pool takes a beating with nine of the 21 prospects Ive been keeping track of all season needing to be signed or they become a free agent or reenter the draft. Now of course the team cant sign all nine that would put the team way over the 50 contract limit and lets face it most haven’t done enough to earn a contract with the team. The nine are made up of players picked in the 2010 draft or are from other drafts and are seniors finishing there college careers.

THE NINE
D-Brandon Archibald(10 Draft)
C-Michael Chaput(10 Draft Philadelphia pick)
C-Sean Collins(08 Draft NCAA SR)
G-Mathieu Corbeil(10 Draft)
RW-Jake Hansen(07 Draft NCAA SR)
D-Austin Madaisky(10 Draft)
RW-Petr Straka(10 Draft)
RW-Trent Vogelhuber(07 Draft NCAA SR)
D-Will Weber(07 Draft NCAA SR)

Now of course this is me just throwing out my opinion(but isn’t that what blogging is all about?) of who should and shouldn’t be signed. Of the nine I think five should be signed, those five are Michael Chaput, Mathieu Corbeil, Jake Hansen, Austin Madaisky and Will Weber. I say these five because they do what prospects should do fill a need. Remember what Antoine Vermette and Sammy Pahlsson did well? Win faceoffs and that’s one of the things Michael Chaput does best finishing in the top 10 in the Q in faceoffs win(they do wins instead of by percentage..that make no sense to anyone else?). Chaput won 62 percent of the faceoffs he took this season and set a career high with 63 points in 57 games. Given some time in the AHL which he could play in next season or go back to Shawinigan to count as one of the team’s three 20 year olds I see Michael as a third line center with skill As for Mathieu Corbeil my main and only reason is…HES A GOALIE AND WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN TERMS OF GOALIE DEPTH NEXT SEASON!!!! Sorry for shouting but for next season the Jackets have Steve Mason and Allen York under contract and that’s it, now I’ve thrown out the idea of resigning Mark Dekanich on a two way deal and people didn’t disagree with as much as I thought they would and now the possible resigning of Shawn Hunwick throws a small monkey wrench into this line of thinking. Corbeil is 6’6 and is among the QMJHL leaders including winning the QMJHL award for lowest GAA now I know Corbeil has played for a juggernaut in Saint John but we all know the NHL is going bigger in net and 6’6 is exactly that. Now for Jake Hansen if you wouldve asked me before the season if the CBJ were gonna sign Hansen before the season i would’ve laughed in your face but as the old cliche goes “that’s why you play the games”. Going into his senior year Hansen had 39 points in 106 career games but like most athletes when they need a contract they have a career year. In 40 games this year Jake has almost matched his career total with 34 points and he still has to play in the NCAA tournament. Hansen could help the always anemic Jackets power play since almost half of his career goals are on the power play, it seems like most of the goal highlights of Hansen are him putting his 6’2 frame in front of the crease and scoring on a tip in. Austin Madaisky was amongst the WHL leading D scorers all season finishing with career highs in goals, assists and points almost doubling his previous high of 27 with a 50 point season. Now could his success be because the Blazers were one of the best teams in the WHL well its possible but Austin had 27 points the previous two season one that included being traded midseason and suffering a spinal injury last season. Austin will also help the Jackets power play with 11 of his 13 goals being scored on the power play. Austin could also go back to the WHL and play as a 20 year old. Last but not least is Will Weber, Weber is a rarity among the Jackets defensive prospects as in he’s a true defensive defensemen. Weber will not score much but if you want to score Will’s gonna make you pay for it. Only scoring 30 points in 154 games he’s put up 263 penalty minutes which is sixth among RedHawks all time. After some time in the AHL Will could be a physical presence on the Jackets blueline.

For the four I don’t think will get signed I’m not gonna bash them it just didn’t work out, two of them are seventh round picks where the odds of picking a NHL player are slim to none…unless you’re the Detroit Red Wings(author curses quietly and weeps). Recently the Jackets/Falcons have shown why I should stick to playing GM on Xbox 360 as two of the four I didn’t think should be signed(I’ve been working on this a few days) have been signed by the teams. Both Sean Collins and Trent Vogelhuber the two seventh round picks were signed to ATOs with Collins also signing a two year entry level contract. Another is a second round pick or the round I call(cue horror music) the draft pick graveyard. In two years since being drafted he hasn’t scored as many points as he had his draft year. As for Brandon Archibald I kinda feel bad writing this, the couple times ive talked to him seems like a nice kid but his stats won’t wow you even though he has almost as many points after being drafted as before. It’s just I don’t see him better than any of the prospects we have.

As for next season starting off in Springfield and going off capgeek’s contract years of the players currently on Springfield only three forwards, four defensemen(one in Chicago)and a goalie are signed for next season. Those players are Matt Calvert, Andrew Joudrey and Tomas Kubalik at Forward, Anton Blomqvist, Steven Delisle Cody Goloubef and Dalton Prout on defense and Allen York as I said above. Now seven players on Springfield are RFAs so most of those could be brought back. Three of those seven have played some with the Jackets this season those being Dane Byers, Maksim Mayorov and the fanbase’s early season fan favorite Cody Bass. As for rookies other than the ones we need to sign above Oliver Gabriel will be back after starting the year in Springfield before being sent back to Portland and Dalton Smith who could play in Springfield or go back to the 67s. Now with Boone Jenner signing lately he’ll be in the same boat as Ryan Johansen this season having to either play in Columbus or going back to Oshawa probably serving as captain for the second straight season.

As for the unsigned prospects the Jackets will have 9 also adding at least 8 new prospects barring any trades. Those 9 are Seth Ambroz, Kevin Lynch, Lukas Sedlák and TJ Tynan at forward. Thomas Larkin, Drew Olson and Mike Reilly on defense and Martin Ouelette in goal. Most of these guys are in the CHL the exceptions are Larkin and Lynch who will be seniors while Tynan and Ouelette will be juniors and Forsberg will still be in Sweden unless goalie coach Ian Clarke has his way. Another thing about next year is ill finally be able to compare Mike Reilly with the other prospects, Ive had a hard time this season since the BCHL is a step below the WHL and most players are playing there to keep there NCAA eligibilty. So scoring a lot in the BCHL might not equal success, heard of Kyle Turris playing in the BCHL made him the third overall pick but id say he’s still trying to realize that potential if he ever does. Ambroz could see a bump in ice time as Minnesota is losing five senior forwards including Jake Hansen who normally was a line above Ambroz when they post the line sheet. Ambroz and Reilly will be teammates at Minnesota next season.

As for what we need to look for in the draft I think we need a little bit of everything and if you follow me on twitter you know my take on this trading the 1st or 2nd pick nonsense. But if you want to put a priority on things I’d say we need to add at least three defensemen of varying playing styles, a goalie in rounds two through four no more seventh round picks like the last two years in fact maybe two goalies. Last but not least and I harped on this earlier this season a true goal scorer I mean outside of Cam Atkinson and possibly Matt Calvert the Jackets don’t have a true goal scoring threat. Now if the Jackets draft who I want them to pick if we pick first that’ll help fill this need and will more than likely play in Columbus next year. I say this because you have to go back to when Erik Johnson was selected that the 1st pick didn’t play after being drafted.

So like I said this is just my take on the Jackets prospect pool. I plan on attending the NHL draft in Pittsburgh so I’ll have on the spot updates and I’ll probably see some of you at the Draft Lottery Tweetup at BW3 on April 10th.

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March 5-11 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 13, 2012
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Sorry for the delay folks lets get on it, oh those wacky Springfield Falcons first they go 3-0 dominatating weekend then a 0-3 getting smacked around weekend and last week…a little of both. Starting off in ManchVegas(Manchester no idea why its called that) it was a 3-0 loss for the birds. Saturday’s game was a little wacky almost doing a Blue Jackets impression. After roaring(squawking? nevermind)to a 4-1 first period lead the Crunch then came back to make it 5-4 ill goaltender Manny Legace pulled himself turning things over to Paul Dainton. With 1:53 left in the second the Falcons were awarded a penalty shot and it was Cody Bass that got to take the shot…wait a minute CODY BASS??? the same Cody Bass that was here earlier this year? Well the Crunch’s goalie mustve fell asleep cause Bass converted the chance to give the Falcons a 6-4 lead. The Crunch scored later but that was it as Springfield won 6-5(goals from the game). Next night it was time for some bird on bird violence as the baby Penguins came to town. It was a back and forth affair ending in a shootout loss for the Falcons. But in the second period when ex NHL goon Steve MacIntyre decided to lose his damn mind attacking anything wearing white including the six inches shorter and 65 pounds lighter Falcon’s goalie Paul Dainton. MacIntyre earned a match penalty and a four game suspension for the incident.

Onto Chicago seems like every team in the Blue Jackets organization can find a free agent goalie…except the Blue Jackets that is. With Allen York recalled the Express signed Vermont goalie Rob Madore who won 41 games for the Catamounts(only 13 his JR,SR years though). Madore set a Express record for most saves in a game when he made 41 saves in a 5-2 loss then stopping all 26 in his second career start in a 2-0 win. Taylor Ellington played in both games picking up a assist in the win giving him two points in six games, Steven Delisle only played in the shutout win.

In the CHL it was either score a point or nothing at all, Lukas Sedlak missed all three of the Sagueneens games dealing with his shoulder injury from last week. Brandon Archibald and the Spirit split its two games last week with Archibald having no points and was a +1. Dalton Smith and the 67s went 1-2 with Smith being held off the scoresheet and was a -3.

Boone Jenner-Oshawa Generals(OHL)
Stats 39GP 21-24-45 +12 55PIM
Somehow Boone and the Generals only had one game last week the fewest of any CHL prospect all season. It was a game against the Brampton Battalion the same team that knocked Boone out of the lineup for 12 games. In the 5-2 win Boone had a assist according to twitter since I cant find a highlight it was off faceoff win.

Petr Straka-Rimouski Oceanic(QMJHL)
Stats 52GP 18-18-36 -9 39PIM
The Oceanic went 1-2 last week Petr was held off the scoresheet in the team’s first two games. Petr had a rough night in the Oceanic’s loss to Chicoutimi when he was a -4 after the first period. Then on Saturday against Blainville Petr scored his 18th goal of the year and was named third star in the loss.

Mathieu Corbeil-Saint John Sea Dogs(QMJHL)
Stats 46GP 35-10-0-1 .911Sv% 2.38GAA 6SO
It was a rough week for the Sea Dogs as they went 0-1-0-1 with both losses being to teams with a fellow Jackets prospect. On Friday it was the Lukas Sedlak-less Sagueneens with a 4-3 shootout win Corbeil made 25 saves in regulation but then stopped one of three in the shootout. The on Sunday it was a battle of the QMJHL’s best as the Dogs traveled to Shawinigan. Mathieu had his worst night in awhie being pulled for the first time since late December. In just under 43 minutes Mathieu stopped 30 of the 35 shots he faced with backup Sebastian Auger allowing a goal on 14 shots. According to the local blog that I talk to a lot the Dogs radio announcer said that Mathieu was nursing a minor hand injury he suffered at practice.

Michael Chaput-Shawinigan Cataractes(QMJHL)
Stats 55GP 21-40-61 +40 45PIM
Michael and the Cats went 2-1 last week with Michael scoring in the wins and not scoring in the loss. In the team’s win over Rouyn-Noranda Michael scored his 19th goal of the season and won 13 of 24 faceoffs. Then on Friday when he got the chance to shine on national television Michael went scoreless but won 13 of 27 faceoffs.
Sunday was the big game as it was a battle of the top two teams in the Q. Michael scored a play of the week goal when he was the trailer when Anton Zloin outskated a Sea Dogs player and Chaput deposited past(2:52 in the video) hopefully future teammate(HINT HINT MR. HOWSON) Mathieu Corbeil. With a goal and a assist Michael was named 3rd star, now here are the crazy stats in the win Michael was a +5 and won 12 of his 19 faceoffs.

Austin Madaisky-Kamloops Blazers(WHL)
Stats 67GP 13-36-49 +24 87PIM
Austin and the Blazers went 2-1 last week only having a assist in a win over the Giants. In the team’s two wins Austin was a +4 and was even in the team’s loss to Vancouver.

Oliver Gabriel-Portland Winterhawks(WHL)
Stats 36GP 16-21-37 +11 32PIM
Oliver and the Winterhawks like it seems like most of the teams went 2-1 last week losing to the Blazers then winning against division and regional rivals Everett and Seattle. In the win over Seattle a real squeaker at 11-3 Oliver matched his career high in assists with 21.

The NCAA playoffs are off and running with at least last week all 10 prospects being in action and for next week nine will be in action. Thomas Larkin and Colgate faced off with Qunninpiac and it was one of only two ECAC series to go all three games. Colgate will play Union in the semifinals, the Red Raiders and the Dutchmen just played each other last month with Union winning both. Martin Ouelette was the back up in the Bear’s 2-1 series win over Merrimack. The Bears will play Boston U in the next round, the Bears won the season series 2-1. Both Trent Vogelhuber and Will Weber were scoreless in the Redhawks sweep of Michigan State. In the semis the Hawks will play another team from the state up north as theyll play the Western Michigan Broncos. In the regular season the hawks swept the Broncos with Vogelhuber having a assist. In the only prospect matchup TJ Tynan and Notre Dame traveled to Michigan to play Kevin Lynch. Lynch and the Wolverines were victorious with both Tynan and him going scoreless. I’ll be honest I don’t know if Tynan and the Irish are done for the year and wont know until Sunday when the tournament is announced. As for Michigan they get to faceoff against the surpising Bowling Green Falcons i say surprising because the 11th seed Falcons first had to beat the sixth seed Northern Michigan then the bigger task of playing the top seed Ferris State Bulldogs which the Falcons beat in three games. In the season series which was just played a few weeks ago, Lynch had a goal in the Wolverines win in the series split. Drew Olson did his usual in the Bulldogs sweep of the Minnesota St Mavericks. In the sweep Drew was a -2 the Bulldogs earned a bye in the WCHA’s Final Five and will play the winner of Denver and St. Cloud St.

Sean Collins-Cornell(ECAC)
31GP 12-10-22 +2 10PIM
Collins and the second seed Big Red welcomed the Dartmouth Big Green there next game is against the Big Blue and if they win they play the big yellow(SMACK) sorry lost my head there. In the series sweep the Red swept the Green with Collins having a assist in the team’s game two 3-0 win.Next up for Cornell is the Harvard Crimson(hey Ivy League how about the Bulldogs or the Lions, enough with the colors), in the season Cornell went 1-0-1 with Collins going scoreless.

Seth Ambroz, Jake Hansen-Minnesota(WCHA)
Stats SA-37GP 5-3-8 E 51PIM JH-39GP 12-21-33 +21 52PIM
The top seed Gophers got to host the lowly Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves, the Wolves were 29 points behind the Gophers. On Friday night the Gophers beat the SeaWolves 2-1 with Hansen getting a assist on Erik Haula’s game winner by passing it to the defenseman that shot haula tipped in and falling on the Wolves goaltender leaving a empty net. The SeaWolves gave the Gophers a scare on Saturday night when they were up 3-1 but then it was all Gophers as they ending up winning 7-3. Hansen actually opened the scoring when he went to the front of the net and tipped home a Ben Marshall point shot. On the weekend Hansen had a goal and a assist and was a +5, Seth Ambroz was scoreless with four penalty minutes. The Gophers also earned a bye in the Final Five as the top seed and will play the winner of North Dakota and Michigan Tech, if its the Sioux(im a nobody so I can call them that still)we can probably expect some more of this.

Mike Reilly-Penticton Vees(BCHL)
Regular Season Stats 51GP 24-59-83 42PIM
Last week was the end of the regular season for the Vees and the finished off going 2-1 yes longtime readers you read that right the Vees lost a game. The Vees started off the week beating Trail with a season high five points with a goal and four assists in a 10-0 win. Next in a win over Prince George Mike had two assists in the 8-5 win, on Saturday it looks like the Vees coach ddecided to give Mike a night off and a chance to rest up for the playoffs. In that game that was the one the Vees loss ending a 42 game winning streak and handing the team its first loss since November 5th. It was announced that Mike was named the Interior Conference’s Top Defenseman and was also named to the Conference’s First Team All-Star and Rookie Team. Mike’s 83 points are the second most in Franchise history breaking the old mark of 82 held by Blackhawks Dman Duncan Keith and this year’s WCHA Rookie of the Year Joey Laleggia. Mike and the Vees will play the Chilliwack Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs in seven games against the Chiefs Mike had two goals and nine assists.

Anton Forsberg-MODO(Sweden)
Stats 14GP 3.05GAA .900Sv%
I got different numbers and couldnt get a true record for Forsberg so that explains his stats sorry. As for last week it was the last game of the regular season and the first game of the playoffs. In a game against Linkoping and former CBJ goalie Fredrik Norrena MODO won 5-4 in a shootout with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen doing what he does best scoring shootout game winners…wait a minute. Forsberg played the last 11 minutes after Mikael Tellqvist was ran over forcing him to leave the game. In his action Anton stopped 11 of 12 then stopping three of four in a shootout. MODO clinched the eigth spot which in North America would make them play the top seed…not in Sweden, in Sweden the top seed gets to pick between teams in fifth through eight spot second from the other teams and so on. Well the first seed didnt pick MODO but the second place team did. MODO is facing off against Skelleftea. On Staurday the teams played game 1 with Skelleftea taking a 1-0 series lead with Forsberg not playing.

Thanks for reading folks as for next week I should have CHL playoff matchups and previews ready to go.

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The Potential Trading of the Number One Pick

Posted by Canadan82 on March 13, 2012
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There has been plenty of discussion (or from what I have seen, more so dispair) regarding the reports that the Blue Jackets are shopping their potential first overall pick in the upcoming draft.  With thirteen regular season games remaining, Columbus sits eight points back of 29th Edmonton, and thirteen points back of 28th place Montreal.  While nothing is impossible, I am reasonably confident at this point that Columbus will finish 30th, and pending a disaster at the lottery, will own the 1st pick in the upcoming draft.

So why trade it? What real value does that pick hold for a team like Columbus, primed to ‘rebuild’ or ‘reshape’ this year?  I think there are a couple very good reasons;

First, the Russian factor.  Admittedly both Yakupov and Grigorenko are very different scenarios from former first round picks Zherdev and Filatov, but it doesn’t open the door for comfort, at least from where I am standing.  Yakupov is a great interview and has been suggested to have a tremendous work ethic, but recently suffered his second concussion of the season.  He has also had his knee surgically repaired.  Both of these injuries cause reason to be concerned about his long term health, and while they aren’t going to plummet his draft value too much, will probably bring him a bit closer to the pack.

Grigorenko is an interesting option.  He will have played a full year of Canadian junior hockey before entering the draft, and thus far has dominated with well over a point a game for the Remparts of the QMJHL.  For as much value as playing in North America brings, I get concerned with players who come from the QMJHL because I find the OHL and the WHL to be more physical, with the WHL being the closest to the NHL style of play.  With that in mind, I would still have concerns about Grigorenko’s ability to transition to the NHL, and being that I have no idea what his work ethic is like, would need to get a greater knowledge of him before judging him in that regard.

The simple truth is that Columbus has been burned in the past. It is not news to anyone that treading lightly around any Russian player with a pick like this would be the smart thing to do, and if another team were willing to deal their top five pick and a current rostered player to get their hands on one, it may be the best option for the Jackets. This seems especially true considering players like Dumba, Murray, and Galchenyuk are the secondary options this year after the consensus 1 and 2 of Yakupov and Grigorenko.

From my perspective, if the 1-2 pick options were North American born, with a quality history of leadership and good health, I would be troubled by these rumours.  Players like Toews, Crosby, Stamkos, and Tavares are recent top picks who have gone on to become major contributors both on and off the ice for their team.  I do not remember thinking of any of them with the wildcard status I personally believe both Yakupov and Grigorenko to be, and I believe that as far as sure things go, they would not be my first choice.  Kovalchuk and Ovechkin are the only two Russian born players to go first overall in the NHL draft, showing just how consistent the quality of selection is in favour of North American born players.

I want to also touch on these rumours spreading about the pick being shopped. It is probably true that Columbus is weighing the possible value of trading down, and it is also possible that they deal the pick, but try to avoid reading these rumours as “they WILL deal the pick.”  Just like with any asset, it is always a good idea to see what the value is, and if a team is willing to overpay to get a guy like Grigorenko or Yakupov but still provides a top 5-6 pick for the Jackets, management would be wise to consider and potentially make a trade to avoid another potential bust.  Based on the experience with Russian born players in the past, can you really blame the organization for looking for other options?

What do you think? Is injury riddled Yakupov worth the risk? Do you respect Patrick and Howson’s attempt to at least see what is out there?

Carry the Flag!

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#CBJTweetUpDrinkUp

Posted by AlisonL on March 12, 2012
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HT @RedditCBJ for the slick graphic

Yep. So THAT happened!!! Saturday night, just over 60 amazing people from all over (including from St. Louis!) decided to come together at BWW’s in Grandview (HT Greg!) to put on an event where we could eat, drink, and watch our beloved, beleaguered Blue Jackets take on…the Blues. (Grrr)

It’s amazing to realize that when we started this new tradition of #TweetUps in the pre-season of this year, who’d have thought it’d become an event that occurs every game and that everyone would turn it into such an event as Saturday. We had a ticket giveaway, we had “games”, a visit from our very own CBJ_DJ and tons and tons of great people. What’s particularly cool, is that I saw many people on Saturday who were in that original picture in the post I linked to above, and that those folks, and so many new ones, are people I count as real friends who I would have not met otherwise without our twitter fights/fun/debates and silliness.

There are so many people to thank who made the event possible – every time I try to start the list of the folks responsible for this event’s success it gets too long – so consider it this way – if you were there on Saturday? THANK YOU for making #CBJTweetUpDrinkUp a success. If you tweeted about the event? THANK YOU for making #CBJTweetUpDrinkUp a success. If you even knew about it, THANK YOU too. If you contributed to the many, many meme’s well….(haha, just kidding) THANK YOU. Seriously – everyone had a hand in making this thing one of the best CBJ nights in a long time.

Tweeple celebrating #Camsanity

The best part of the night was so many people saying “we need to do this again!” So, stay tuned friends…we’ll find some time to hang out and hopefully be just another outlet for CBJ fans to have some fun.

In the mean time, if you’re looking to carry on the #Lovefest that was Saturday just a little bit more here’s some fun things for you:

Read Greg’s pre-event blog HERE

Read MartiniHockey’s recap HERE

See a bunch of Derdrache’s photos HERE

Wanna relive the tweets (and maybe find more of those meme’s?) check the hashtag again HERE

If you guys come across any other great parts of the evening, feel free to add them in the comments or let me know and I’ll update the post as well.

 

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Johansen Needs to Earn His Spot

Posted by Canadan82 on March 05, 2012
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A lot has been made of Columbus Blue Jackets rookie Ryan Johansen being benched for a handful of games down the stretch.  Much has also been made of him playing on the bottom six of the roster while he is in the lineup.  A quick comparison could easily be made for Johansen and Richards versus Derick Brassard under former coach Scott Arniel.  I thought it would be a good opportunity to really consider what factors are coming into play.

To begin, let me point out that I was strongly against the under utilization of Brassard early in the season.  While Brass was left gasping for air on the fourth line, the playmaking center made good use of his time there learning to play a more physical role and becoming a more complete player.  Despite countless games full of effort, he was left watching from the press box.  This is where I believe he and Johansen stand apart.

The Johan does not appear to be pouring out effort during his games on the ice.  When I think about the top rookies in the league, or even watch the play of a rookie like Cam Atkinson, I watch a feverish style of hockey with great speed and effort.  I recognize that Johansen and Atkinson have different traits, with Atkinson being the smaller, speedier of the two, but that should not justify the level of difference as I have seen.  In fact, there have been a number of games this year where Johansen has played with a great deal of tenacity and speed, only to seemingly fall back on a similarly sluggish style of play games later.  I can also cite his time with Team Canada in the U20 World Junior Championship or a number of his highlights from his junior days with Portland, where he shows a great deal of speed and tenacity on and off the puck.

Unfortunately I can’t provide video examples of his mediocre play this season because this type of hockey isn’t something that gets recorded and posted on youtube or NHL.com, but I can offer an explanation.  Players who are standing relatively straight up, constantly have one hand on their stick, and essentially push off with one skate rather than churning (or using both legs actively) to build up speed can fall into this category pretty quickly.  This style of play often leaves players in empty ice, and really only ends up leaving the skater to watch the game from the ice rather than being involved.  It is a style of play that you will almost never see a limited talent player like Derek Dorsett or Derek MacKenzie play.  They are both engaged in the play or fighting to better themselves positionally for a possible change in the play, and I personally don’t often see them standing upright while the play is live.

It is based on a lot of what I have seen that I think it makes sense why Richards is singling out Johansen.  He is a player that should be making a difference on the ice, considering his high praise from hockey analysts as being one of the top tier prospects in the league.  He is also a bigger player, and a guy who should be able to function in a bottom six role better than a player like Brassard.  What he appears to lack right now, is the tenacity and effort that it takes to breach the top six on a roster that has a number of vacancies.  He is not a player that should be playing out the string, he is a player who needs to develop, and if he is not playing hard enough in practice or in games, he should be shown that it won’t be tolerated.

With that said, I am not impressed that Johansen is taking the brunt of the logic regarding effort.  He is one of a handful of players who have underachieved and underperformed this season, and I think it’s time to start making examples throughout the roster, not just with the top rookie.  While I think it is very good for Johansen’s development to let him know that his current output is not going to be accepted, I think it is important to extend that logic to the rest of the team.  How much of a shock would it be to see a player like Umberger sit a game?  At this point in the season, wins are about pride more than anything, but where is the pride if all eighteen skaters on the ice aren’t playing to their full capacity?

I say keep it up with Johansen, and make him work hard for his ice time, but do that to every player on the roster.  Put away salary and prestige, and force every player to work for their ice time.

Carry the Flag.

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2/27-3/4 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 05, 2012
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Hello all back again for the week in review and back on schedule after least week so lets get to it. It was the usual three in three grind for the Falcons with all of them being on the road. It was a rough as the Falcons went 0-3 while being outscored 12-4. Friday and Saturday were spent in Norfolk for a series with the Admirals, Friday was a 5-2 loss with Matt Calvert and AHL signee Wade MacLeod scoring the goals. The game was a testy affair that had David Savard recieveing a game misconduct for boarding and two more coincidental minors for roughing. Tempers flared up again the next night…during warmups!!! In the game it was another rough one as the Falcons as the Falcons took a 5-1 loss with Brent Regner scoring the only goal helping his season long point streak. Saturday was a little closer as the Falcons lost in overtime to the Hershey Bears with Alexandre Giroux scoring his 21st of the season and his 100th goal at the Giant Center(counting regular season, playoffs and All Star games). Paul Dainton took all three losses even though he only played the first period on Saturday. Leading the way was Brent Regner with a goal and two assists in the three games giving him points in five straight.
WHAT!!! a whole paragraph about the Chicago Express you betcha. The picture to the left features two of the three Jacket’s prospects that played for the Express. Taylor Ellington made his Express debut and played in all four games last week scoring a goal in the the team’s loss to Cincinnati. On the 3rd the Express lost goalie Peter Mannino to the AHL when he was called up by the Portland Pirates meaning that after 22 games the Express would have a new starting goalie and that goalie was Allen York. York started the team’s last two games going 0-1-1 stopping 42 of 46 shots for a .913 save percentage and a 1.94 GAA. Also rejoining the Chicago lineup was Steven Delisle who’d been out of the lineup since January 25 with the dreaded “lower body injury” according to the team’s broadcaster. Steven played in two games scoring no points with a even rating and no penalty minutes.
Onto the CHL prospects first for the ones who didnt score last week. Brandon Archibald didnt have any points in the Spirit’s four games and was even with six penalty minutes including playing in a 8-7 shootout win. Dalton Smith was scoreless in the 67s three wins last week but was a +1 with no penalty minutes. Lukas Sedlak was held off the scoresheet but he had excuse on Friday Lukas left the game with a injury but returned later then he missed Saturday’s game with what the people I spoke with said was a shoulder sprain.(does it count as speaking if I did it on twitter??? details details)Boone Jenner-Oshawa Generals(OHL)
Stats 38GP 21-23-44 +10 55PIM
Thats right folks for the first time since late January we have a Boone Jenner update. Boone decided to return in front of a national TV audience as they took on the Knights. Those of you that watched when it reaired on NHL Network that Boone was held without a point in the 7-2 loss. In the next game against the Colts Boone had his first multi goal game since his hat trick on January 21st against Kingston. One of Boone’s goals was a shorthanded goal his third then the next night against London he did it again scoring his fourth shorthanded goal (points are on the first two Gens goals) also adding a assist.

Petr Straka-Rimouski Oceanic(QMJHL)
Stats 49GP 17-18-35 -5 37PIM
Petr had the lightest schedule of the CBJ prospects playing only two games in the game against the Screaming Eagles Petr had no points but had six penalty minutes including something ive never seen before getting four minutes for roughing. But in the game against Val-d Or Petr had a goal and a assist(1:03 in), the goal was shot from the slot after the goalie let out a rebound and after a pass he shot it from the exact same spot as the first shot.

Mathieu Corbeil-Saint John Sea Dogs(QMJHL)
Stats 44GP 35-9 .914Sv% 2.29GAA 6SO
Corbeil and the Sea Dogs did what theyve been doing since January 14th and thats win. The Sea Dogs current win streak is at 17 games including three games last week. Mathieu started out the week helping Saint John win its second Rivalry Cup against Moncton making 18 saves in a 5-3 win. After getting the night off in which Saint John won 8-1 over PEI Corbeil was back in the crease against Acadie-Bathurst, Corbeil made 27 saves and was named second star in the 5-2 win. Mathieu will get to see two of his potential teammates next week as the Sea Dogs travel to Chicoutimi and Shawinigan before closing out the season against Halifax and a back to back with Cape Breton.

Michael Chaput-Shawinigan Cataractes(QMJHL)
Stats 52GP 19-39-58 +34 45PIM
Michael played in both of the Cats games last week picking up a assist in each game adding to his new career high. In the win over Chicoutimi Michael was named 3rd star with a assist. Now after dominating the faceoff dot last week Michael was human winning just 53 percent of his draws.

Austin Madaisky-Kamloops Blazers(WHL)
Stats 64GP 13-35-48 +20 83PIM
Austin and the Blazers had four games last week going 1-2-1, the week started off with a matchup in Portland against fellow Jackets prospect Oliver Gabriel a game that the Blazers lost 5-2 with Austin going scoreless. The next night it was northward bound as the Blazers headed to Everett to play the Silvertips Austin again going scoreless. When they got back it was time for a home and home with Kelowna, on Firday night in a 6-3 loss Austin had a assist. The next night it was off to Kelowna in the overtime loss Austin had a goal and a assist(assist-:20 goal 3:19 in, warning its the Kelowna feed and the announcer is annoying). A silver lining to the overtime loss is that the Blazers clinched the WHL’s BC Division for the first time in 10 years.

Oliver Gabriel-Portland Winterhawks(WHL)
Stats 33GP 16-20-36 +12 26PIM
Oliver started the week off with a bang scoring two goals against Kamloops. The first goal opened the scoring when he took a cross crease pass and backhanded it pass the Blazers goaltender. The second was the infamous goal that the goaltender would “want back”. Gabriel just took a backhand shot and the goalie wasnt hugging the post enough and it trickled through. With the two goals one being the game winner Oliver was named first star. The next game was against Tri-City and Oliver had a career high picking up three assists in the 6-4 Hawks win. The next two games Oliver was held scoreless. In a rematch against Tri City on Sunday Oliver felt that the Americans had a extra attacker for the whole game by which he meant the ref and he let his 291 followers know it before deleting it which was probably the smart move.

Onto the NCAA Sean Collins, Thomas Larkin and Kevin Lynch all found out who there opponents will be next week in there league quarterfinals. Collins and the Big Red will face off against the Dartmouth Big Green(ah the Ivy League where a color can be a team name). In the two games Cornell won both games with Collins picking up a assist. Thomas Larkin and Colgate will take on the Quinnipiac Polls er I mean Bobcats, the teams split there regular season series with Larkin picking up two assists in the Raiders win but was a -3 in the loss. Kevin Lynch and the Wolverines will take on TJ Tynan and the Irish, Lynch had no points in the series split. As usual Martin Ouelette was Dan Sullivan’s back up this weekend as Maine had one game against New hampshire in which they won 1-0. Maine will take on Merrimack in the 4-5 matchup in the Hockey East playoffs. Ouelette played the third period of a 6-2 Merrimack rout stopping nine of 10.

Seth Ambroz, Jake Hansen-Minnesota(WCHA)
Stats SA:35GP 5-3-8 -1 47PIM JH:37GP 11-20-31 +16 52PIM
It was the regular season finale for the Gophers with a chance to win the WCHA regular season being only two points up on Minnesota-Duluth. In Friday’s loss according to the guy I follow made it sound like the Gophers looked bad Both Jake and Seth went scoreless in the 4-1 defeat. Saturday night it was senior night meaning all seniors get to dress even if they havent played much this season. So that meant freshman Seth took a seat in honor of it looks like senior Joe Miller whod only played in 10 games. Jake Hansen(photos from senior night Jake is #21) was one of the seniors honored. Jake picked up his 20th assist of the year on Erik Haula’s 15th goal of the year. Now if you wouldve asked me before this year if Jake gets signed by the Blue Jackets Id have said no but after a 31 point season with still im guessing a long playoff run to go I think the kid deserves a deal. Minnesota clinched the MacNaughton Cup. Minnesota will be the top seed in the tournament taking on WCHA doormat the Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves next week. Both Seth and Jake were scoreless against the Wolves earlier this season.

Drew Olson-Minnesota-Duluth(WCHA)
Stats 36GP 1-6-7 +10 51PIM
Drew and the Bulldogs took on St Cloud St last weekend losing one and tying one costing them a chance at the WCHA championship. On Friday night it was business as usual for Drew being held scoreless in the loss. Then on Saturday in a tie with the Huskies Drew added a assist to his already career high with six on the year. Minnesota-Duluth will be the second seed hosting the Minnesota St. Mavericks the teams just faced off last month in Mankato where Olson found his scoring touch picking up three of his six assists in just that weekend.

TJ Tynan-Notre Dame(CCHA)
Stats 37GP 13-28-41 -3 36PIM
Tynan and the Irish welcomed Ohio State Buckeyes to town for a best of three series with the Irish sweeping the Bucks and ending there season. Tynan was held scoreless in the Irish’s 2-0 win on Friday. The in Saturday’s series clinching win Tynan picked up his 28th assist(28 seconds in) of the year when he got the puck to ex Jacket prospect Matt Rust’s little brother Matt who passed it to Tynan’s partner in crime Anders Lee who pretty much had a open net to shoot at. Tynan and the Irish will face off against fellow CBJ prospect Kevin Lynch and Michigan next week in the quarterfinals, in a series earlier this year the teams split with Tynan having two assists in the Irish’s win.

Mike Reilly-Penticton Vees(BCHL)
Stats 49GP 23-52-75 42PIM
The Vees just keep on going there winning streak is up to 40 with 3 more last week. Mike had two goals and two assists in the wins, starting off against Merritt Mike scored his 22nd of the season when his slapshot off a faceoff to make it 5-3, Mike was named second star in the win. The against Salmon Arm Mike had a laser of a shot for his 23rd(5:25 in) of the year then added a assist on Bryce Gervais’ blast to make it 2-2. Then to cloe out the week Mike had a assist in the Vees 5-1 over Chilliwack to give him 52 assists on the year. Mike and the Vees only have three games left before the playoffs begin in two weeks.

Quickly Anton Forsberg didnt appear in any of MODO’s three games last week team went 1-0-2. MODO only has one game left before the playoffs begin but they are tied with ninth place Vaxjo being ahead because of having one more win, while Vaxjo has to play the top team in the league MODO faces off with one of the teams that will be relegated next season.

Next week along with its Blue Jacket vs Blue Jacket in the Q as all four of the prospects will play each other at least once, including what Sportsnet is calling the game of the week as the Cataractes welcome the Sea Dogs in a game that could determine who will be the Q’s top team.

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