We’re back with our weekly prospects review. Here’s all that’s going on with the Jackets’ assets this past week.
Starting off as usual in Springfield, the Falcons went 2-0 last week including one game that went to a shootout to clinch it. Friday night it was the Bridgeport Sound Tigers coming to town and the Falcons picked up a 3-2 win. Late in the second period, Jack Skille found Tim Erixon at the point. Tim’s shot was deflected by Blake Parlett for his first of the season. Two minutes later the Falcons would strike again when Frederic St. Denis fired a shot and Jack Skille would get the rebound – flipping a backhand in for his second of the season. Five minutes into the third period, Blake Parlett struck again. After some pretty passing by the Falcons power play, Blake snapped his shot over the goalie’s shoulder. The Sound Tigers scored two goals in a two minute span to make it 3-2. Jeremy Smith would make 21 saves in the win.
Saturday night it was off to Portland…umm I mean Lewiston (politics stuff is why) to face the Pirates. The Falcons earned a 2-1 shootout win. Late in the third period with the Falcons trailing 1-0, Darryl Boyce scored a power play goal to tie the game and take it to OT. Sean Collins had an assist and scored the game clinching goal in the shootout in his first game back from his time with the Jackets.
A quick injury update. Oscar Dansk returned to the Otters lineup serving as Devin Williams’ backup in the Otters two games this week. Oscar was expected to get a start but Williams posted a 18 save shutout on Friday and the coach rode the hot hand. Gianluca Curcuruto returned to the Whalers lineup after missing 10 games with an injury. Now some bad news. Anton Blomqvist had to be taken off the ice in an ambulance after hitting his head on the ice when an SSK player drove to the net, got hooked and while falling cut Anton’s neck. Luckily it was later announced that Anton only suffered a concussion and was released from the hospital. Here’s a translated update from the Redhawks website.
Josh Anderson-London Knights (OHL)
Season Stats 22GP 10-9-19 +7 44PIM
Josh and the Knights were off on a three game road trip last week with Josh picking up points in all three games. First off against Ottawa. With the Knights trailing 3-1 just 40 seconds into the third, Josh started the comeback. Bo Horvat got the puck and started a two on one with Josh passing it to Josh in the slot. He snapped his shot over the 67s goalies shoulder and ultimately London would go onto win the game 4-3. Saturday night it was off to Kingston a game in which Josh opened and closed the scoring of the 4-2 Knights win. 41 seconds into the game Josh scored his ninth of the season to make it 1-0. Josh then scored his second of the night with an empty netter with 31 seconds remaining. Josh was named first star in the win. To close out the road trip against Belleville, with the Knights leading 4-2, Josh had a two on two with Bo Horvat taking a shot. Josh got the rebound and skated around the net to find Ryan Rupert in front for the goal. The Knights would win the game 6-3. Next week, Josh will take part in the Subway Super Series playing in the first of two games for Team OHL against the Russians.
Nick Moutrey-Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Season Stats 22GP 6-7-13 E 26PIM
Nick and the Spirit went 1-1 last week with Nick picking up two assists. Starting off on Friday against Sarnia, the Sting were leading 5-2 when Nick took an outlet pass and found a trailing Kristoff Kontos who got the puck to Cody Payne for his 11th of the season. The Spirit would ultimately fall 5-3. Saturday night the Mississauga Steelheads came to town with Saginaw picking up a 2-1 win. Nick picked up an assist on Kristoff Kontos’ game winning goal midway through the second period. Sorry folks, no highlights but going off twitter, Nick also destroyed a ref in the game according to Cory Butzin.
Kerby Rychel-Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Season Stats 21GP 14-20-34 +11 15PIM
Kerby and the Spitfires went 3-0 last week with Kerby picking up 2 points. Kerby was held pointless in a 6-0 win over Mississauga but he did pick up two assists in a win over Peterborough. In the third period with the Spits trailing 4-2, Kerby won a board battle. This allowed him to bring the puck out and fire the puck on net with Ryan Foss crashing the net to score his fourth of the year. Six minutes later ex-Pete Slater Koekkoek would it tie it at four. Two minutes later, Kerby received a Koekkoek pass, took a shot and then picked up his own rebound before finding Josh Ho-Sang in front. Kerby was named third star in the 5-4 win. Kerby was held off the scoresheet again in a 4-1 win over Oshawa. Quickly more info on the “could Kerby be traded this season” this time coming from Yahoo’s Sunyaya Sapurji. The Windsor Star also ran an update on the situation. Kerby will join Josh playing for Team OHL on Thursday in Oshawa, he will not take part in the game on the 25th in Sudbury.
Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Season Stats 5GP 3-2-5 -3 2PIM
A busy three game week for Peter and the Wheat Kings before they head out for a five game road trip starting next week. The team started off on Monday in a Remembrance Day matinee against Lethbridge, the very team the Kings would make a blockbuster trade with later in the week. Early in the third with the Kings trailing 2-1, Ryan Pulock unleashed his trademark slapshot. The rebound went to little brother John who found Peter and he then released a wristshot from the circle to make it 2-2. Brandon would go on to win the game 5-3. Next it was off to Saskatoon where the Wheat Kings picked up a 5-2 victory. Peter picked up an assist in the game when, late in the third with Brandon leading 4-2, Peter got the puck to Ryan Pulock whose blast got past the Blades goalie. Two days later in the rematch it was more of the same with the Kings picking up a 6-2 win. Peter picked up two points marking his first multi point game. Midway through the first period with Brandon on the power play, Peter was manning the point with Pulock who again unleashed a blast that got past the Blades goalie to make it 2-0. In the third period with the Kings on the power play Pulock would fire a blast (sensing a pattern with the Wheat Kings offense) with Peter picking up the rebound – firing it for his third of the season second on the power play.
Oliver Bjorkstrand-Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Season Stats 24GP 18-23-41 +21 12PIM(3rd in WHL scoring)
Oliver and Winterhawks just keep rolling along – going 2-1 last week including a 10-2 thrashing of rival Seattle. Portland was leading 6-1 through two periods when, 32 seconds into the third, with the Hawks on the power play Oliver fired a shot. Taylor Leier set a screen and picked up the rebound for a score. Oliver would also score the goal that would make it 9-1. Friday it would be another in-state rival the Everett Silvertips with the Tips picking up a 3-2 win. With the Winterhawks trailing 3-0, Oliver picked up a Presten Kopeck rebound having an almost wide open net to shoot at for his 18th goal of the season. Oliver was held scoreless for only the third time this season in a 7-3 win over Kamloops.
Dillon Heatherington-Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Season Stats 26GP 2-19-21 +13 29PIM
A busy week for the Broncos as they played four games going 2-1-0-1 with Dillon picking up three points – all assists. Monday on Remembrance Day, with the Broncos leading 6-0, Dillon passed it to Julius Honka whose blast was deflected by Connor Sanvido to make it 7-0 in a 7-1 victory. Two days later it was off to Kootenay with the Broncos picking up a 3-0 victory. Dillon picked up an assist on the Broncos second goal in the first period when, with the Broncos shorthanded, Dillon somehow got the puck to Graham Black who was off to the races for his 13th of the season. Dillon was held scoreless in a 3-2 shootout loss to Calgary. Next up were the Edmonton Oil Kings (and their really odd colored compared to their normal jersey alternate jerseys). With the Kings leading 2-0, Dillon sent a pass to Julius Honka whose blast was deflected by Graham Black for his 15th goal. The assist was the 50th of Dillon’s career and gave Dillon 21 points in 26 games after setting a career high with 27 points in 71 games last season. The Broncos ultimately would fall 3-2 to the Oil Kings.
Martin Ouellette-Maine Black Bears (Hockey East)
Season Stats 10GP 5-4-1 2.08 .930Sv% 2SO
A light but very successful week for Martin and the Black Bears as they demolished Boston 7-0 with Martin making 34 saves for his second shutout in his last three starts. Martin was named second star in the outing. The defeat was the Terriers most lopsided loss since 1995. Here’s Martin’s post game comments following the game. Next week is another short week as the team welcomes the Boston College Eagles to town.
Seth Ambroz Mike Reilly-Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten)
Season Stats SA: 10GP 3-3-6 6PIM MR: 10GP 4-3-7 4PIM
Mike, Seth and the rest of the Gophers welcomed the Minnesota State Mavericks to town earning a sweep. On Friday night, both Mike and Seth scored with Mike also being part of something that hasn’t happened since 2004 – stay tuned. Mike opened the Jackets prospect scoring when Nate Condon appeared to be setting up a shot but instead, left the puck for the trailing Mike. Mike then snapped a shot in for his fourth of the season in 9 games, this compared to scoring three goals in 37 games last season. Later in the game, Mike got the puck to Sam Warning who found Mike’s brother Connor for his second goal of the season (Connor missed last season with an injury redshirt).
Here’s that groundbreaking event – with Mike and Connor scoring in the same game that’s the first time that’s happened for the Gophers since current Gophers’ assistant coach Grant Potulny and his brother Ryan scored in a game on 3/13/2004. After a Mavericks goal, Seth got into the scoring with an empty net goal. A Mavericks defenseman tried to clear the puck but instead passed it right to Seth who fired a shot from the blueline. Mike was named second star in the 4-1 Gophers win. Mike and Seth were held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 win on Saturday when senior backup Michael Shibrowski pitched a 25 save shutout in his first full game since October of last year.
TJ Tynan-Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Hockey East)
Season Stats 12GP 2-7-9 6PIM
TJ and the Irish played their first ever home Hockey East series against Merrimack. TJ was held scoreless in a 4-0 Irish win on Friday. In the next game, TJ scored a pretty shorthanded goal 1:33 into the second getting past two Warrior defenseman and deking the goalie to make it 2-0. Ultimately, however, the Irish would allow Merrimack to tie it and the game ending tied at 2. TJ was named first star in the tie. Next week it’s off to UMass-Lowell for a series with the River Hawks.
Alexander Wennberg-Frolunda (SHL)
Season Stats 22GP 6-1-7 -1 2PIM
Alexander and the Indians returned from the International break with a game against Lulea where Alexander was held scoreless in a 3-1 Indians win. Thursday, the Vaxjo Lakers came to town with Wennberg picking up the first assist of his SHL career. In the second period, with the game tied at 1, Alexander got the puck to Jonas Ahnelov who skated into the slot with four Lakers converging on him. Ahnelov snapped his shot over the Lakers goalie’s shoulder and got what would be the game winner in a 2-1 win. Alexander was held scoreless in a 6-2 win over AIK to close out the week.
Anton Forsberg-MODO (SHL)
Season Stats 11GP 8-1-2 1.93GAA .936Sv%
Anton and MODO opened the week with a game against Orebro hockey with Anton making a season high 42 saves in a 2-1 shootout win. He stopped three of four in the shootout. Anton was again back in the crease for a game against Brynas. In the 5-2 win, Anton made 29 saves including a sequence that earned him a standing ovation according to source Per Lundgren. Keeping with the alternating every two games, Anton was given a night off in the game against Skelleftea a game which MODO lost 3-0.
Marko Dano-HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
Season Stats 26GP 1-2-3 -9 16PIM
Marko and the EaglePenguins would return to action for the first time since November 1st going 2-1 with Marko picking up his first point since September 23rd. Marko was held scoreless in a 3-2 shootout win over Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk. Then on Friday, Marko would snap a 15 game pointless streak when he picked up an assist in a 3-1 Slovan win over Avtomobilist. Midway through the third period, Marko got a loose puck and found Andrej Stastny in the slot to make it 2-1 (4:00 into the highlights bonus points for the kayak celebration Andrej). Marko was held scoreless in a 6-2 loss to Astana Barys on Sunday.
There you have it folks! Another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects. As for next week, Josh Anderson and the Knights will welcome two Jackets prospects to town as Oscar and Kerby will visit Budweiser Gardens along with Kerby and Josh taking part in the Subway Super Series.