Welcome back! We have a jam-packed update on all that is happening with Blue Jackets Prospects.
As usual, we start off in Springfield. This was a rough week for the Falcons. After starting off 5-0 the team suffered its first two losses including one by shootout.
Friday night, the Falcons faced the Providence Bruins. Sean Collins was part of all three Falcons goals scoring two and adding an assist on Frederic St. Denis‘ first of the season. Jake Hansen continued his hot start picking up two assists which gives him five points in six games after picking up nine in 46 games last season. The game would go to a shootout going six rounds with Jonathan Marchessault being the only one to score. Jeremy Smith would make 32 saves in the loss.
Saturday night it was back to the Nest for a game against the Worchester Sharks. In the 3-1 loss the Falcons would do something they hadn’t done since December of 2012. Jake Hansen scored the Falcons only goal when he won a battle along the boards and went on the breakaway firing a shot that the Sharks goaltender would get a piece of but would bounce over his shoulder. The goal was Hansen’s third goal of the season – again pointing out he scored four all of last season. Mike McKenna would make 31 saves in the loss.
On to the rest of the prospects…
Oscar Dansk-Erie Otters (OHL)
Season Stats 12GP 10-1-1 2.00GAA .922Sv% 2SO
Three games, 3 wins for the Otters as the team stretched its win streak to a franchise record tying 10 wins. Oscar started the week facing off against two potential CBJ teammates: on Wednesday, Erie would welcome the Plymouth Whalers and Oscar made 17 saves in a 5-2 victory, Oscar’s eighth win in a row. Friday night, it was off to London to face the Knights. The Knights have found themselves to be struggling of late – losing four of their last five. In the game, Oscar make 30 saves in a 5-1 Otters win. Oscar would be given a night off against Peterborough, in which backup Devin Williams picked up his first shutout of the season.
Josh Anderson-London Knights (OHL)
Season Stats 14GP 7-6-13 +3 32PIM
Despite the Knights struggling, Josh just keeps rolling along. Starting off against Kitchener, with the Knights leading 1-0, Josh would do what he does best. He caused chaos in front of the net on the power play after a shot from the point and got a whack or two at it with the puck going to Max Domi for his second of the season. The Knights would win the game 3-0.
On Friday the red hot Erie Otters would come to town with the Otters picking up a 5-1 win with Josh being held scoreless. Josh and the Knights finished a rough week getting rocked by the Guelph 7-4 in a game that would include London being outshot 11-0 at one point. Josh did pick up an assist on Chris Tierney’s goal to make it 4-2. It’s hard to tell from the highlight, but I’m guessing Josh got a whack at it before Chris scored.
Quickly, some injury and off ice news. Gianluca Curcuruto missed all three Whalers games this week and when I asked Whalers Director of Communications and Community Relations Pete Krupsky, he told me its a lower body injury and that he’s week to week.
In off ice charity antics, the Saginaw Spirit somehow got a very light week playing only one game – a 4-1 win over Barrie. It was the Spirit’s pink the rink night and a fan vote would decide which player would get pink hair. Nick Moutrey finished second in the vote but decided to still take part. Sadly no finished product pic can be found, but I’m guessing he didn’t beat Gianluca’s Heat Miser look from last year.
Kerby Rychel-Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Season Stats 14GP 9-15-24 +3 11PIM
The streaking Spitfires went 3-0 with Kerby picking up 5 points this week. Starting on Thursday, Kerby picked up an assist on Remy Giftopoulis’ goal when he worked a passing play with Brady Vail who’d get it back to Kerby who sent a pass to Remy who was parked in front of the net. The Spits would win the game 7-3.
Friday night it would be off to Kitchener for a game against the Rangers. Kerby had a big night – picking up three points; in fact, Kerby started the comeback when the Spits were trailing 3-0. Josh Ho-Sang drew three Rangers to him finding a wide open Kerby who’d snap a shot past former teammate and CBJ Traverse City invite Jordan DeKort. Kerby picked up an assist on the next goal but I don’t really see it in the highlight. Late in the game, Kerby and his linemates got a three on one with Kerby starting a pretty passing play finding Ho-Sang cross rink who’d find Remy Giftopoulis to finish it. Windsor would win the game 5-3 and Kerby was named first star.
To close out the week it was off to Owen Sound with Kerby picking up another assist. 21 seconds into the third, with Windsor trailing 3-2, Kerby took a pass from Brady Vail then he’d find Remy Giftopoulis for his fifth goal of the season, Windsor would win the game 5-4 in overtime.
Oliver Bjorkstrand-Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Season Stats 15GP 14-16-30 +13 8PIM-Second in the WHL in scoring
Oliver and the Hawks were road warriors this week as the team was off on a four game road trip going 4-0. Starting off on Tuesday, Oliver picked up an assist on Chase De Leo’s goal to make it 3-0 and the Hawks would win the game 3-2. Unfortunately, the highlights for this game were really bad quality so I’m not even wasting the time to post them.
Moving on, it was off to Medicine Hat the next night with Oliver picking up two assists just three minutes apart in the second period. Oliver’s first assist would be when he chipped (barely tapped) a puck to Taylor Leier who’d fire a wrist shot for his sixth. Three minutes later, Oliver would capitalize on the Tigers goalie misplaying the puck. The tender passed the puck right to Oliver who’d find a speeding in Chase De Leo giving him pretty much a wide open net to make it 3-1 in a 5-3 Winterhawks win.
Friday night it was off to Kootenay for a game against the Ice. Oliver picked up his fourth three or more point game of the season. Oliver’s first assist came when he shot and Chase De Leo picked up the rebound for the goal. Almost exactly 10 minutes later, Oliver and his linemates combined for a three on one with Oliver starting the rush and De Leo finishing it to make it 3-0 Hawks. After Portland would allow two goals, Oliver brought the puck in passing it off to Brendan Leipsic who’d find Derrick Pouliot firing a blast to make it 4-2. Oliver would be named second star in the 6-3 Winterhawks win.
To close out the week, it was off to Spokane for a game against the Chiefs. Oliver would have a goal and an assist in the 4-3 Winterhawks win.
Dillon Heatherington-Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Season Stats 16GP 1-9-10 +6 17PIM
Dillon and the Broncos finished up their US Division road trip on Tuesday in Kennewick, Washington where they played the Americans. Dillon picked up his ninth assist of the season on the Broncos’ only goal in a 4-1 loss. With the Broncos trailing 1-0, Dillon joined the rush and got a shot on net before Connor Sanvido would eventually get the score even if the highlights don’t show it being called a goal. Dillon would be held scoreless in the Broncos 3-1 win over Edmonton.
Martin Ouellette-Maine (Hockey East)
Season Stats 5GP 3-2 2.78GAA .908Sv%
Martin and the Black Bears faced off against the Massachusetts Minutemen with the Bears taking home the sweep. Friday night Martin would make 27 saves in a 3-2 overtime win and was named third star. The rematch, however, would be a wild one. UMass would enter the first intermission up one but in the second period the Bears erupted for six goals in what would end up a 8-4 Black Bears win. Martin picked up his first assist of the season on Mark Anthoine’s shorthanded empty net goal.
Seth Ambroz Mike Reilly-Minnesota (Big 10)
Season Stats SA: 6GP 2-2-4 4PIM MR: 6GP 3-1-4 4PIM
It was a big weekend in St. Paul as the number one Golden Gophers would face off in a matchup with the number five Boston College Eagles. Friday night’s game would go in the national standings as a tie despite the Gophers falling in a shootout with Mike and Seth going pointless. Quickly, to be filed under “goofiness” – even though it doesn’t involve Mike or Seth - this happened.
Due to the Mariucci Arena being close to the Gophers football stadium, the schedule included a Friday-Sunday match and the extra day did the Gophers some good as they demolished the Eagles with the Jacket prospects having good games.
Seth would have the better of the two picking up a goal and an assist. Starting off with the Gophers up 1-0, Christian Isackson fired a blast that the BC goalie would stop but Seth, doing what he does best, set up shop in front and banged the puck home off the rebound for his second goal of the season. Five minutes later, Mike would get in on the act skating into the slot and snapping a shot off at the faceoff circle to make it 3-0 Gophers marking one of four goals scored by defenseman in the game. Later in the period, Seth picked up his assist when he won a board battle and got the puck to Tom Serratore who’d find a racing Brady Skjei for his first of the season and first in almost a year.
TJ Tynan-Notre Dame (Hockey East)
Season Stats 6GP 1-6-7 8PIM
TJ and the Irish faced off against the Minnesota Duluth with the series being a split. Friday night, TJ would pick up two assists in the 4-1 win moving him into a tie for 25th place in all time Irish scoring with Kevin Nugent at 129 points. Saturday night, the Bulldogs would hand the Irish their first loss of the season with a 4-1 victory in which TJ picked up an assist on the lone Irish goal.
Peter Quenneville-Quinnipiac (ECAC)
Season Stats 5GP 0-4-4 2PIM
Peter and the Bobcats had a busy week playing three games and going 3-0 playing against inferior competition (Bentley and Holy Cross…I can hear the “WHO?” from here). Peter would only play against Bentley but he had a big game. First, with the Cats up 2-1 and on a five on three, Peter would pass back and forth with Kellen Jones with Jones finding Sam Anas below the goal line. Sam would then score his second of the night. In the second period, with the Bobcats again on the power play, Peter got the puck after Bentley broke up a pass and got it to Danny Federico. Danny delivered the puck to Zach Tolkinen who fired a blast for his first goal of the season. The two assists for Peter in the 4-3 win represents what is the first of hopefully many multi-point games. Sadly though, Peter would miss the Bobcats series with Holy Cross. I asked Bryan Lipner of the QU Chronicle why Peter missed the series and he believed it had to do with him leaving during the UMass-Lowell series last week.
Anton Forsberg-MODO (SHL)
Season Stats 8GP 5-3 .924Sv% 2.17GAA
More alternating of every two games for the MODO goaltenders and with how the SHL schedules games (seems to be the same days every week) Anton only played in one of MODO’s games. Luckily, coach Forsberg does not follow goalie code to the letter because Linus Ullmark picked up a 1-0 shutout on Thursday and Anton would still get back into the crease on Saturday. Anton made 29 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Lulea. MODO helped with Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink and also doing sort of a money on the board thing (per a fan I spoke with on twitter) with the team making a donation per save.
Daniel Zaar-Rogle BK (Allsvenskan)
Season Stats 17GP 6-1-7 -1 6PIM
A rough season for Rogle would cost coach Dan Tanges his job as he was fired on Thursday. Rogle lost the first two games this week. The first loss came Monday by a score of 3-2 in a shootout with Daniel held scoreless but named 3rd star playing 16:35 in the game. Thursday would be ugly as Rogle lost to Sodertalje SK 7-1 with Daniel only playing 9:19 in the game. In Rogle’s first game post Tanges era, with the U18 team coaches filling in (as I was told by Andreas Holm) the team would pick up a 4-2 victory with Daniel scoring his first goal since September 24th – a span of 11 games. With Rogle trailing 1-0 off a goal of one time CBJ farmhand Jordan Smotherman, Daniel had a two on one with Dennis Everberg where Daniel slid the puck past the goalie for his team leading fifth goal of the season.
Markus Soberg-Frolunda J20
Season Stats 17GP 13-8-21 +13 20PIM
The Baby Indians just keep rolling along with the team going 3-0 last week – outscoring opponents 15-2. Markus was a big part of the success picking up seven points. Starting off on Wednesday, Markus picked up an assist on Robin Soderquist’s goal to make it 1-0 in Frolunda’s 4-1 win over Rogle. Saturday, Orebro would come to town with Frolunda picking up a 4-0 victory with Markus scoring goals two and three. Saturday in a game against Farjestad, Markus had a big game where he picked up four points scoring two goals and two assists in a 7-1 Indians win. Markus sits in second place in league scoring behind teammate Robin Soderquist. It was announced that Markus will play for Team Norway at the 4 Nations Tournament taking part November 7-10 in Switzerland.
Quickly, it’s been another week of minimal updates out of Finland but I do know Joonas Korpisalo got into one game last week making 32 saves in a 5-3 Kiekko-Vantaa win over Leki.
As for next week, we have an interesting prospect matchup as Anton Forsberg and MODO travel to Gothenburg to face Alexander Wennberg. Considering the goalie rotation it’s likely that Anton will get the start.