We’re back at it – yesterday we had our update on Springfield and our European prospects and today we bring you part II – an update on our North American prospects in action – read on!
Oscar Dansk-Erie Otter (OHL)
Season Stats 19GP 13-3-1-0 2.24GAA .917Sv% 4SO
Oscar played in two of the Otters three games this week. Devin Williams started in the team’s opening win over Guelph before turning things over to Oscar in a back to back with Mississauga. In the first game against the Steelheads, Oscar had 26 saves in a 6-0 win – his second shutout against Mississauga. In his three shutouts the Otters have outscored their opponents 17-0. Oscar started again in the rematch on Saturday and stopped 18 of 19 in a 7-1 victory, allowing only one goal midway through the second period. Oscar was given a night off in the Otters game with Peterborough – a 6-2 victory – but was back at it for a 2-0 win over Ottawa. Oscar had 32 saves in his fourth shutout of the season. Dansk finished the weekend with a 7-2 victory making 29 saves for his 13th win of the season. During this stretch it was announced that Oscar will play for Sweden in the World Juniors. Oscar was on the Swedes roster for last year’s tournament serving mostly as the team’s third goalie and not seeing any playing time but you’d hope this season would help earn him some playing time. Continue reading November 25-December 8 CBJ Prospect Week in Review-PART II
Due to a road trip to Springfield and a busy week I’ll be recapping the past two weeks all together. For your reading pleasure, we’ve decided to break this into two halves – the first will be today – including our affiliate teams and European prospects and the North American update will run tomorrow. Let’s get to it!
Starting off on Friday night against Manchester, the Springfield Falcons rolled to a 3-1 lead but ultimately fell 4-3 in overtime breaking their six game win streak. The Monarchs took a 1-0 lead 9:05 into the first until late in the period Cody Bass sent a pass to a streaking Ryan Craig who scored before running into the Monarchs goalie. 25 seconds later, the Falcons would strike again when Frederic St Denis fired a shot that Jean Francois Berube would stop but the rebound would come out with Jonathan Marchessault (with some help from Tim Miller sitting on Berube) making it 2-1. Early in the second, the Falcons converted on a power play when Darryl Boyce and Sean Collins created havoc in front with a Monarchs player hand passing the puck to Boyce who passed the puck to Cody Goloubef who fired a blast to make it 3-1. After that it’d be all Monarchs. They scored three straight, including the tying goal, with just over five minutes left. The game winning goal came 1:19 into overtime. Jeremy Smith made 26 saves in the loss. Continue reading November 25-December 8 CBJ Prospect Week in Review-PART I
Blue Jackets 2013 first round pick Kerby Rychel was traded from the Windsor Spitfires to the Guelph Storm.
The original deal as reported on Monday was Kerby and fellow NHL first round pick Slater Koekkoek to the Storm for forward Brody Milne and draft picks but the trade would be squashed…for about a day. The actual deal was finally made official Tuesday before the Blue Jackets game started.
The final deal went down like this. The Storm received Kerby and defenseman Nick Ebert for Milne and at least eight picks but it could be nine if Ebert returns for his overage season. The picks involved are as follows: Guelph’s second round picks in the 2014, 15, 16, 17, 18 OHL Drafts, a third in 2016, a fourth in 2014 and 2015 and a conditional 15th round pick in 2017 (if Ebert returns). Kerby sent out this tweet to the fans in Windsor after the trade and Kerby and Nick made this video after the trade. But who was hit hardest by the news? That would be Tempelton Rychel.
Continue reading Kerby Rychel traded to Guelph Storm in OHL Blockbuster
Hockey Canada announced its 25 man roster for it evaluation camp that begins December 12th and Jackets prospects Josh Anderson and Kerby Rychel were invited. Kerby took part in the summer evaluation camp while Josh has somewhat come out of nowhere to make the camp roster. One Jackets prospect that went to the summer camp but was not invited was defenseman Dillon Heatherington but multiple people I asked believe Dillon will have a better chance at next year’s team.
Back to Kerby and Josh. Kerby earned praise from Team Canada coach Brent Sutter “He brings elements to the game we really like” including his “Junkyard Dog Mentality” Also adding “He’s a hardworking guy, finishes checks and has decent skills. One thing I like is he can finish.” As for Josh he’s pretty unique. He lacks the high draft pick pedigree of the rest of Canada’s forwards – he’s one of only four players drafted outside the first three rounds. Josh was undrafted in the OHL and walked on with the Knights the season he was drafted by Columbus and is now one of the Knights top forwards. Josh appeared on Hockey Canada’s radar for his strong play in the SUBWAY Super Series with the team’s staff saying that Josh and d-man Chris Bigras “can help our team” and that’s what got them to camp.
Regarding where each of them may fit in, here’s a video with Bob McKenzie talking about Josh at the Super Series and what his role would be with Team Canada. Kerby’s role on Team Canada is hard to judge – he could fit anywhere on the squad scoring/setting up goals on the top six or being physical and grinding it out in the bottom six, where as Josh will be a bottom six/physical presence.
Other Jacket prospects that could be taking part in the World Junior Championships are Alexander Wennberg, Oscar Dansk and Daniel Zaar on Sweden (Wennberg and Oscar I believe are locks while Daniel will have to impress Sweden’s brass). Marko Dano for Slovakia, and folks, I’ll tell you if you wanna see why the Jackets drafted Dano 27th overall watch/DVR a Slovakia game. Dano is a fourth liner who could be the focal point for the Slovak’s offense after leading the team in scoring in last year’s tournament. Markus Soberg will play for Norway’s entry this season more than likely being a top line forward because well… its Norway. Also, Oliver Bjorkstrand will take part in the U20 World Junior Championships Division 1 Group A that starts December 12th playing with Denmark. I expect Oliver to be a top player for Denmark if not the top player in the tournament. This tournament is to decide who will move up to play in next year’s tournament – thus being the punching bag. The other countries in this tournament are Austria, Belarus, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia (regular murderer’s row huh).
I’m back again with the week in review this time featuring some international competition. Let’s get right to it!
Starting off in Springfield the Falcons would go 3-0 last week. Starting off on Friday against Albany the Falcons picked up a 5-3 victory with Jonathan Marchessault scoring his first two goals since October 12 – a span of 12 games. Two minutes into the game Blake Parlett found Captain Ryan Craig in Gretzky’s office; he got the puck to Marchessault in the slot who promptly fired a shot to make it 1-0. Later in the first when the Devils goalie would try to play the puck, Alex Aleardi stole the puck and found tough guy Dalton Smith who shot into the empty net for his first of the year. 17 seconds into the second period, Jake Hansen found Craig in the slot for his second of the season – pushing him into fifth all time in Falcons goal scoring. The Devils scored two second period goals to make it 3-2; but 5:46 into the third, Marchessault struck again after taking a cross-rink pass from Blake Parlett for his second of the night. After another Devils goal, Frederic St. Denis shot from just over the blueline to make it 5-3 Falcons. Jeremy Smith made 19 saves to earn the win.
Continue reading November 18-24 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
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.
Continue reading November 11-17 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Hello all, back again with a fairly North American based review as the six European prospects were off for International tournaments, despite all but two taking part and one missing due to injury.
Starting off in Springfield as usual where the Falcons went 1-1 last week, starting of with a 3-0 loss to Adirondack. Mike McKenna made 16 saves in the loss. Sunday the Falcons would face off against the Baby Penguins with Jeremy Smith getting the start. The Falcons would bounce back picking up a 4-3 win. Late in the first period, a Penguins player would send the puck out but Tim Erixon would fire a slapshot for his third of the season. Three minutes later after some pretty passing Alex Aleardi would find Frederic St. Denis who’d fire a blast with Spencer Machacek deflecting it (even if you don’t see it in the highlight). After a Penguins goal, Aleardi would give the Pens fits in the zone with a Pens dman trying to clear it out but St. Denis blasting a shot to make it 3-1. After a kerfuffle and another two Penguin goals to tie the game at three, Tim Erixon would keep the puck in and get it to Darryl Boyce who got a whack at it with Ryan Craig getting two whacks at it to score the game winner, with less than three minutes left. Jeremy Smith would make 19 saves in the win, his fifth of the season. Continue reading November 4-10 CBJ Prospects Week in Review
It was announced today that Blue Jackets 2013 7th round pick Peter Quenneville would be leaving Quinnipiac University to play with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.
The Wheat Kings had to trade a 3rd round pick to the Prince George Cougars (who also own the rights to Jackets European prospects Marko Dano and Joonas Korpisalo) to acquire Peter’s rights. Why Peter chose Brandon is probably because his younger brother John is the Kings’ second leading scorer and he has another brother who is also expected to join the Kings next season.
Peter will help a young Wheat Kings forward corps as he will be only the second 19 year old up front. It appears that this is a move to possibly accelerate Peter’s route to the pros (not that I’m saying the CBJ had anything to do with this).
Continue reading Peter Quenneville leaves Quinnipiac for WHL
Welcome back to our weekly recap of the goings on in Blue Jackets Prospects land.
It was a busy week in Springfield as the Falcons played three games and brought home a tally of 2-1 with one win being by shootout. First on Thursday, the Falcons would be off to Glen Falls, New York for a game against the Phantoms. In the 2-1 loss, Lukas Sedlak scored his third goal of the season. Jeremy Smith came up with 28 saves in the game.
On Friday, the Hartford Wolfpack would come to town (so glad the Connecticut FailWhale is gone) and the Falcons snapped a three game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win. At first, the Falcons trailed 1-0 off a Dylan McIlrath goal. Just under two minutes later, Lukas Sedlak struck again when Oscar Lindberg tried to get fancy and Lukas stole the puck going off on a two on one and snapping a shot over the goalie’s shoulder. Midway through the second, Andrew Joudrey would start and finish a play getting the puck to Frederic St Denis who got the puck to Alex Aleardi who drove to the net. Aleardi passed over to Joudrey who finished the play for his first of the season. Andrew Rowe would score late in the second to tie it. The game would go to a shootout with Ilari Melart shooting first (yes, you read that right) and missing. Sean Collins would shoot second, also missing. In the third round, Alex Aleardi, who had multiple chances all night, scored on a backhand but Andrew Rowe would answer to tie it. Jonathan Marchessault shot next, snapping a shot over the goalie’s shoulder to make it 2-1 in the shootout. Mike McKenna stopped the final shot bringing his tally to turning away four of five in the shootout and stopping 22 of 24 in the game.
Continue reading October 28-November 3 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
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…
Continue reading October 21-27 CBJ Prospect Week in Review