January 12-18 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 19, 2015
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Greetings all! I’m back after our latest top 20 prospect update for the week in review. We’ll start off on a rare light week in Springfield.

The Falcons were off to Albany for a game against the Devils. After a scoreless first, Kerby Rychel tipped a Frederic St Denis point shot to make it 1-0. The Devils tied it with just under a minute remaining before winning it in overtime. Anton Forsberg made 25 saves in the 2-1 loss. Closing the week off against Binghamton, the Falcons went through a rough one. After a scoreless first period, the Sens built a 3-0 lead before St Denis scored to make it 3-1. After a late Sens goal, Lukas Sedlak and Austin Madaisky scored to make it 4-3 but the Sens finished it by scoring two empty net goals. Forsberg would take the loss stopping 13 of 17 in the first two periods before handing things over to Oscar Dansk stopping all nine shots he faced. As for next week, the Falcons will play two games before taking time for the AHL All Star game.

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Top 20 CBJ Prospects

Posted by CBJProspects on January 16, 2015
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Hello all – time for our annual post WJC update to my top 20 prospect list. Starting off with a recap of our last top 20 list, here it is:

1. Alexander Wennberg
2. Kerby Rychel
3. Sonny Milano
4. Marko Dano
5a/5b. Anton Forsberg/Oscar Dansk
6. Oliver Bjorkstrand
7. Mike Reilly
8. Michael Chaput
9. Cody Goloubef
10. Daniel Zaar
11. Dillon Heatherington
12. Josh Anderson
13. Peter Quenneville
14. Markus Soberg
15. Ryan Collins
16. Julien Pelletier
17. Blake Siebenaler
18. Joonas Korpisalo
19. Elvis Merzlikins

Now, unlike last time where we had some subtractions today we only have additions to the list along with some normal movement in the list.

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January 5-11 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 11, 2015
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Greetings all! back to some semblance of normalcy with the week in review.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do. First some news on Monday – the AHL announced its All Star rosters with Falcons defenseman Austin Madaisky and goaltender Anton Forsberg being named to the roster. The AHL does it backwards (or smarter?) compared to the NHL. They announce their roster first then have fans vote on the starters – you can vote here to get Anton and Austin in the starting lineup.

As far as on the ice goings on – the boys started off in a game against rival Providence where they picked up a 2-1 win. The Baby Bears opened the scoring in the first before the Falcons scored twice in the second period. Marko Dano scored his eighth of the season with Michael Chaput and Frederic St Denis picking up assists. Four minutes later, Adam Cracknell scored his first with the Falcons with Luke Adam and Kerby Rychel picking up assists. Anton Forsberg made 29 saves in the win – his 17th win of the season.

Up next against Hartford, TJ Tynan opened the scoring off a pretty passing sequence with Trent Vogelhuber and Ryan Craig. After a Dylan McIlrath goal, (I’m as surprised as all of you) Rychel scored his eighth of the season when he deflected a St. Denis shot to make it 2-1. After the Pack tied it, Madaisky gave the Falcons the lead when he snapped a shot home to make it 3-2 but the Pack tied it with only 35 seconds remaining. The Falcons would end up falling in overtime when one time Jacket (Traverse City only, but still) Marek Hrivik scored 4:30 into overtime. Oscar Dansk made 32 saves in the loss.

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CBJ Prospect Week in Review/WJC Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on January 09, 2015
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Greetings all –  I decided to post this a little later than usual so we could get a full recap of the World Junior Championships.

Starting off in Springfield as always, the Falcons opened 2015 in Portland for a game against the Pirates and ex Jacket Mike McKenna. The first period would be all Pirates as they would take a 3-0 lead before Lukas Sedlak scored his first career shorthanded goal. Almost exactly 10 minutes later, Frederic St Denis scored his second goal of the season before the Pirates notched two more to make it 5-2. Dana Tyrell got a late third period power play goal, and Austin Madaisky picked up an assist on both power play goals. Anton Forsberg made 27 saves in the loss.

Up next was a game against Worcester. The Birds spotted the baby Sharks a 2-0 lead before Marko Dano scored his seventh of the year. In the second period Trent Vogelhuber gathered a loose puck skating and was stopped but Marko picked up the rebound to make it 2-1. After another Sharks goal, Jamie Sifers scored early in the third but it was  the little Irishman who would tie it. TJ Tynan skated in through three Sharks to start  a sequence he would finish when Luke Adam found Tynan in front. The game went to a shootout with Kerby Rychel scoring the only goal of the shootout – clinching the victory. Oscar Dansk made 24 saves plus three more in the shootout for his fifth win of the season.

To close out the weekend the Falcons welcomed the top team in the East – the Manchester Monarchs. Adam opened the scoring with his fourth since joining the Falcons when he  took a pass from Frederic St Denis. In the third period after a scramble, Lukas Sedlak passed the puck to Josh Anderson who shot and picked up his own rebound to tie the game. The pride of Dublin, Ohio Trent Vogelhuber scored the game winner deflecting or picking up the rebound(hard to tell) of a Jamie Sifers shot. Anton Forsberg made 28 saves in his 16th win of the season.  Here’s Coach Bednar and Josh Anderson’s postgame comments after the Manchester game.

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December 22-28 AHL/WJC Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 30, 2014
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Hello all! It has been a light week in the world of prospects’ hockey so we’ll just be focusing on the Falcons and the four Jacket prospects taking part in the World Junior Championships.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons came out of the Christmas Break with every hockey player’s favorite thing: a three in three. Opening up the week in Hartford, the Falcons picked up a 2-1 shootout victory. Marko Dano scored the Falcons’ goal in regulation when my favorite first round pick to laugh at – Dylan McILOLrath (10th overall pick nothing but a goon) – tried to clear the puck but Ryan Craig deflected it to Marko who tied the game. TJ Tynan scored the only goal of the shootout. Anton Forsberg won his 14th win of the season with 28 saves and stops on all three Wolfpack shooters.

For the next game, Oscar Dansk returned to the Falcons crease with Forsberg in Columbus to back up Curtis McElhinney due to Sergei Bobrovsky’s illness. In the second period, with the Birds trailing 2-0, Kerby Rychel gathered a loose puck and found Josh Anderson in the slot. Anderson fired a shot home for his third in his last five games. Three minutes later, Frederic St Denis scored his first as a result of a board battle and a nice passing sequence by Rychel and Anderson. Reid Boucher scored four minutes later before Craig tied the game in the third period off a deflection of a Denny Urban point shot. Unfortunately, the Falcons lost when Joe Whitney scored 34 seconds into overtime. Oscar Dansk made 21 saves in the 4-3 loss.

To close out the weekend, the Falcons faced off against the Syracuse Crunch who had just had their 10 game winning streak snapped. Luke Adam opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game when he tipped a Hubert Labrie point shot. After two Crunch goals, Adam struck again late in the second period picking up the rebound of a Frederic St Denis point shot. The game went to overtime with one time Junior Jacket Denny Urban scoring the game winner on his second try after getting the puck from Austin Madaisky. Forsberg would only make 15 saves in the win – his 15th.

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December 15-21 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 22, 2014
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Hello all and again Happy Holidays! It’s getting to the slow time of the year with junior and European teams either on or heading into their holiday/international tournament break so we’ll go with the updates on guys who are still playing.

Starting off in Springfield as we do, it was a two game road trip for the Falcons last week. They opened up in Binghamton – home of the baby Sens (coached by ex-Jacket Luke Richardson) in a scorefest. The Sens opened the scoring on a goal by the new guy (Daniel New that is). Minutes later Alex Grant scored before Luke Adam scored his first since being acquired from Buffalo. The Sens would score two more early in the second to end Anton Forsberg’s night. Josh Anderson helped stop the bleeding with his second in as many nights and then Dana Tyrell scored seven minutes later in his first game in almost a month. Ryan Craig notched his 10th of the season with only 40 seconds remaining to tie the game. 31 seconds into the third, OSU product Ryan Dzingel gave the Senators the lead with Trent Vogelhuber scoring just under two minutes later to tie it again. Midway through the third, Kerby Rychel hit home his third game winner of the season. Forsberg only stopped 12 of 16 earning no decision while Scott Munroe stopped 16 of 17 in relief.

After that it was off to the Land of Chocolate Hershey, Pennsylvania for a game with the Bears. In the first period with the Falcons on the power play, Austin Madaisky took a pass from TJ Tynan at the left point and skated the line before firing a shot past the Bears goalie. The Bears would score five minutes into the second to tie the game and ultimately, the game would go to overtime. Overtime went late enough that it was three on three with TJ Tynan getting sprung on a breakaway by Jamie Sifers. Tynan deked and put the puck past the Bears goalie. Forsberg made 34 saves in his rookie leading 13th win of the season.

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December 8-14 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 16, 2014
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Time for another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects! It was a light week with the International break happening along with college hockey taking its Christmas break (Minnesota is done until next year) so let’s begin where we always do – Springfield – where the baby birds are still playing.

Starting off on Wednesday, The Falcons pulled off a pair of things they hadn’t done in a long time. First the team lost for the first time in 11 games and they were also shutout for the first time since October 24th. In the 2-0 loss, Anton Forsberg stopped 23 of 24 with ex-Jacket Mike Blunden adding an empty net goal.

After that, it was time for the longest bus trip of the season according to play by play guy Andy Zilch when the team headed to Norfolk, Virginia. On Friday night, with Ilya Bryzgalov in net for the Admirals, Marko Dano opened the scoring when he picked up a rebound off an Austin Madaisky point shot. Bryz got a piece of it with his stick but the puck ended up in the net. In the second with the game tied at one, Dano struck again scoring just seconds into a power play. The goal came off a scramble with Dano gathering the loose puck to make it 2-1. Sean Collins scored an empty net goal for his 10th of the year. Forsberg had 26 saves including one on a late game penalty shot.

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December 1-7 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 08, 2014
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Greetings, Jackets fans – it’s another week in the world of Jackets prospects. We’re closing in on the CHL’s holiday break and the World Juniors are coming quickly. Let’s start with an award. It was announced on Monday that Anton Forsberg was named the AHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November. After being sent back from Columbus, Anton went 8-0-0 with a 1.76 GAA and a .936 save percentage.

On to the Falcons’ games. Starting off on Friday night against Norfolk, early in the first Marko Dano scored his third of the season off a scramble in front. Seven minutes later with the Falcons on the power play, Austin Madaisky’s slap shot was stopped and TJ Tynan picked up the rebound to find Ryan Craig in front. He scored with the entire side of the net open. A minute twenty later, the Admirals scored to the period 2-1. Trent Vogelhuber scored the game winner very early in the second period  (for some reason they didn’t think it deserved to be in the highlights). In the 3-2  victory, Forsberg made 27 saves. The win also set a new franchise record as it was the Falcons 10th in a row. Here are head coach Jared Bednar’s and Anton Forsberg’s postgame comments.

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November 24-30 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 01, 2014
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Greetings all and happy holidays! Starting off in Springfield as we usual we do those Falcons just keep rolling along. Beginning last Wednesday in Lehigh Valley, it was an all-AHL contract goal scoring party with Mike Hoeffel, Trent Vogelhuber, and Jamie Sifers scoring for the Falcons before Steven Delisle would put an end to Anton Forsberg’s shutout (no seriously). In the 3-2 victory Anton stopped 23 of 25.

Friday night it was off to Worchester for a game with the Sharks. Mathieu Gagnon opened the scoring before the Sharks scored two (with Anton Forsberg doing his Marc-Andre Fleury impression on the second). Marko Dano tied the game 37 seconds after the Sharks second goal when he gathered a loose puck and snapped a shot over the Sharks’ goalie’s shoulder to make it 2-2. Nathan Oystrick scored the game winner when TJ Tynan started a rush and then sent a pass to Oystrick for his first with the Falcons. Anton Forsberg stopped 33 of 35 in the Birds eighth straight win.

To close out the week, the baby birds welcomed Alexander Wennberg who was sent down from the Jackets. Another new face, the newly signed (by the Falcons) Corey Cowick opened the scoring before two thirds of the Jackets 2013 1st round (Wennberg and Dano) would get together to set up Dominic Monardo for his sixth of the season. Later in the period, Sean Collins scored his team leading ninth goal of the year. A minute later Monardo struck again to make it 4-0. Colin Miller spoiled Anton Forsberg’s shutout late in the second but the goaltender made 21 saves in the franchise record tying win. Here are postgame comments from Coach Jared Bednar, and Alexander Wennberg after the game.

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November 17-23 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 25, 2014
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Hello all! Time again for the CBJ prospect week in review!

Starting off in Springfield as we usually do the Falcons faced off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the first time since their brawl filled game last week. Kerby Rychel opened the scoring 1:27 into the game with Dana Tyrell and Michael Chaput assisting (remember this trio you’ll be hearing this a lot tonight). Later in the first, Sean Collins scored his second penalty shot goal in a row giving him six on the year. Two minutes later, Rychel, Chaput and Tyrell struck again and gave the Birds a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission. After a Sound Tigers goal in the second, Michael Chaput scored on the power play early in the third. Then, Lukas Sedlak scored a few minutes later to give the Falcons a 5-1 lead before Ryan Pulock would do what he does best – scoring on the power play making it 5-2. Anton Forsberg made 23 saves for his fourth win of the season.

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