Update from Traverse City: Jackets fall in Tournament Opener

The Blue Jackets prospects team lost 3-2 on Thursday to the defending Traverse City Prospect Tournament champions the Buffalo Sabres (are you still the defending champs if they skip a year?). The Jackets put themselves into a 2-0 hole quickly that they could not dig out of when, at 3:10 in, they were down 2-0 off goals by Nicholas Baptiste and Justin Bailey. To add to the frustration, Bailey’s goal occurred just after a penalty had expired.

The Jackets would get on the board late in the first when 2013 second round pick Dillon Heatherington would fire a blast from the point. Ultimately, however, penalties would kill the Jackets. The team gave the Sabres 1:12 of a five on three when 2013 first round pick Rasmus Ristolainen struck to make it 3-1. Midway through the second period with Buffalo on the power play, free agent invite Alex Aleardi  would be off to the races on a breakaway going top shelf on goaltender Nathan Lieuwen. That’s how the game would end – even with the Jackets pulling goaltender Oscar Dansk. Dansk would make 19 saves in the loss. Tomorrow, the Jackets face the Carolina Hurricanes who defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 today at 3:30.

PLAYER NOTES
Alex Aleardi was all over the place using his speed to create chances and he not being afraid to go to the net. Oliver Bjorkstrand waimpressive, not only because of his play with the puck but also considering he saw time on – and impressed – on the PK. Ryan Murray was what you’d expect from a player drafted second overall: very composed, solid defensively, and even taking the puck almost the entire length of the ice.

I’m no scout but it looked like Nick Moutrey had an off day. I know I’m judging one game with a group of guys that have hardly skated together so that’s just my opinion. Thomas Larkin deflected a puck into his face but missed no time. A few other players appeared to block shots that I’ll say stunned them (may have caught JD talking with the trainer but I dropped no eaves).

Josh Anderson wanted a piece of someone wearing blue and yellow but found no takers. Invite Dakota Mermis impressed with his play – the kid is an impressive skater and made a few good D plays – I just wish he was a bigger. The Springfield Falcons trio of Michael Chaput, Dalton Smith and Jake Hansen served as the captain and two alternates with Chaput serving as captain.

THURSDAY’S LINES
Smith-Jenner-Anderson
Rychel-Chaput-Hansen
Moutrey-Sedlak-Aleardi
Beran-Langlois-Bjorkstrand

Murray-Madaisky
Heatherington-Larkin
Mermis-Gosselin

Dansk
Dekort

SCRATCHES
Sefton,Sakaris

5 Responses to 'Update from Traverse City: Jackets fall in Tournament Opener'

  1. mike moutrey says:

    I glad your are not a scout, Moutrey looked good out there. He drove the net, won battles, showed good puck carrying skills and he can fly for a big kid. He looked good on the PK and the coach put him on as the extra skater when they pulled the goalie. So for fans who are not here, Moutrey looked good and stood out more the Rychel

    • The Coach says:

      There’s no need for insults here. Jas was watching the whole team, while I’m guessing you were focusing on Moutrey specifically. That means you probably caught every little thing he did well. One game won’t make a bit of difference in the long run, and saying he had an off day also doesn’t mean he is a terrible hockey player. In fact, it implies the opposite. If you think he looked really good in the game, but Jas thought it was an off day, that actually bodes pretty well for what Jas thinks of his actual upside. If he looked like that on an off day, how good would he look during an “on day”?

  2. mike moutrey says:

    Test

  3. Fan says:

    Frustrating to hear he had a off game with the opposite being said by agent, scouts and coaches who watch for all the little things he does so well. This blog has been negative from the start, cut the kid some slack and enjoy his development, he has a lot of up side. Go Jackets GO

  4. z says:

    frustrating to hear he had an off game whem the opposite was thought from the agent, scouts and management. This blog has be negative on him from the start, cut the kid some slack and enjoy his development. He has a huge up side and time will tell. Go Blue Jackets Go

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