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CBJ CHL 2nd Round Playoff Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on April 24, 2015
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Four posts in two weeks? I’m a wild man. Hello all, we’re getting to the end of the line as only three of the four prospects are moving on to their conference finals.

Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL-Won Series 4-1) S
eries Stats 5GP 3-3-6 +5 2PIM

Playoff Stats 10GP 4-6-10 +2 4PIM

Peter and the Wheat Kings took on the Regina Pats in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final and won the series in six games. Peter was held pointless in the first two games -both of which were Wheat Kings victories. In game three, when the series switched to Regina, Peter scored his second of the playoffs and first since game one against Edmonton. The Kings were trailing 3-1 late in the second when Peter worked from his usual spot and finished off a one timer to make it 3-2. In game four, Peter helped open the scoring when he sent a cross rink pass to Kale Clague whose shot was tipped by Nolan Patrick to make it 1-0. After two Pats goals, Peter scored when Ivan Provorov carried the puck in and dropped it to Eric Roy. Roy passed to Peter who had an almost empty net to shoot into to make it 2-2 in a 3-2 overtime win.

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Final Falcons Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on April 20, 2015
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Hello all. It’s been a bit since we talked AHL hockey and there’s no real reason for the delay other than the recaps would be Falcons only and would be kinda short. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the final four regular season games of the Falcons/CBJ Affiliation.

The Falcons opened this stretch of road games with a stop in Hartford and laid an absolute clunker falling by a score of 5-0. Scott Munroe took the loss despite barely making it halfway through the first period. He stopped only eight of 11 shots before giving way to Joonas Korpisalo who stopped 21 of 23 in his final action of the season.

Next up was a trip to Syracuse for Superhero night so, of course, the Crunch started the kid with Iron Man on his mask, Adam Wilcox. In Wilcox’s first game the Falcons allowed a first period goal before scoring three straight including two by TJ Tynan for his first pro multi-goal game. Josh Anderson scored the other with Sonny Milano picking up his first multi-point game with an assist on a Tynan goal and on the Anderson goal. Scott Munroe had 28 saves in the win.

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Jackets to Select 8th in 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Posted by CBJProspects on April 19, 2015
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Well, the NHL Draft Lottery was last night and the Edmonton Oilers won the (Yosemite Sam style cursing)…I’m sorry lets start this over.

Greetings all. The NHL Draft Lottery was last night and the Jackets stayed put meaning they’ll select eighth in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This will be the fourth time the Jackets will pick eighth – the first came back in their inaugural season when they selected Pascal Leclaire. The second time due to a (more Yosemite Sam Cursing) trade by Doug MacLean, I wanted us to stay put at four and select Andrew Ladd but we got Alexandre Picard. The third was traded to Philly in a trade for some jerk.

Now the eighth overall pick hasn’t had many home run hits lately. The last probably was Sean Couturier (who Philly selected with that traded pick). Not counting some of the younger guys just drafted, the last player to go at eight that people have heard of is Devin Setoguchi, and you probably heard of him before his career took a nosedive. I’ve written on what the CBJ should focus on in the draft and confirming their selection order doesn’t change that.

Here are a few options I believe will be available at 8:

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AHL Affiliate (Finally) Coming to Cleveland 

Posted by CBJProspects on April 16, 2015
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All the talk started on March 18th when Rochester Americans radio play by play man Rob Sanderson tweeted about a four-way swap of AHL affiliates of the Avalanche, Coyotes, Jackets and Panthers…and then it all went away with occasional updates from Aaron Portzline to stoke the fire.

The idea went from rumor to likelihood yesterday afternoon with the Falcons announcing they’ll have a press conference today for a major announcement and then Portzline reported that the Dispatch learned that it will be made official that the Lake Erie Monsters will become the Jackets third AHL Affiliate in franchise history.

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Three Stars: CBJ @ NYI

Posted by The Coach on April 12, 2015
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Today is bittersweet. Bitter, because the Blue Jackets season has come to an end. Sweet, because this injury-riddled nightmare of a Blue Jackets season has come to an end. They did it in typical fashion (as of late) by coming back to beat the playoff bound New York Islanders 5-4 in overtime Saturday night in the final game ever at Nassau Coliseum. Curtis McElhinney got the start, making 48 saves in regulation and overtime, and three more times in the shootout. Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky, Alexander Wennberg, and Scott Hartnell scored for the Blue Jackets, while Wennberg and Atkinson scored the markers in the shootout to bring home the win.

3rd Star: Brandon Dubinsky

Dubi is the best. Just the best.

It’s one thing for Dubinsky to play the way he does. He has no elite skills, nor anything you would probably describe as above average. He just has great hockey sense, works harder than pretty much everyone, and always makes the right play. That would be enough for me to love the guy, but he’s also tough as a sack of nails. Loses four teeth (making ten lost for his career), comes back, scores, and fights. Just the best.

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CBJ Prospect CHL Playoff 1st Round Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on April 10, 2015
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Hello all! Time for the first full-on recap of the Jackets prospects taking part in the various leagues of the CHL’s playoffs.

Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL-won series 4-1)
Series/Playoff Stats 5GP 1-3-4 -3 2PIM

Brandon opened the playoffs as the top seed in the WHL’s Eastern Conference and faced three-time defending champs: the Edmonton Oil Kings. In the second period trailing 2-0, Peter scored off a feed from Morgan Klimchuk from below the goal line to make it 2-1 in the 4-1 game one loss.

In game two, Peter helped his little brother John score his first of the playoffs when, with the Kings…uh Wheat Kings leading 6-1, John skated in and passed the puck to Peter who passed back and shot to make it 7-1 in a 8-1 win. The series then switched to Edmonton for games three through five (2-3-2 series).

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CBJ should focus on defense in draft

Posted by CBJProspects on April 07, 2015
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Greetings, all! The draft is nearing and it’s time to start thinking about who are likely targets for the Blue Jackets. If you were to rank the Jackets prospect depth by group it’d be forwards leading the charge followed by goalies and dragging slowly behind is defensemen. At the moment, the Jackets have just three defensemen playing in the CHL (one is signed and off to Springfield next year) and three playing in Springfield. And then there’s the elephant in the room – Mike Reilly.

I’m basing this post on the…sigh, expected result that Reilly won’t sign with the CBJ. I know an article came out with Mike making it sound like he wants to finish school but I don’t believe that, (it’s Minnesota, not Harvard). But no matter what Mike does, my opinion doesn’t change about the draft focus. Let’s take a look at what the Jackets currently have.

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Three Stars: CBJ @ NYR

Posted by The Coach on April 07, 2015
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The streak is dead, long live the streak. After setting the franchise record with nine consecutive wins, the Jackets fell 4-3 in overtime to the Rangers under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden tonight. Down 2-1 in the second period, goals from Marko Dano late in the period and Brandon Dubinsky near the midpoint of the third had the Jackets looking like they would bring that streak into double digits. Alas, it was not to be, as Derek Stepan tied the game up with 27.5 seconds left, before icing it in overtime. The Jackets streak now sits at an uber-exciting OT 1.

3rd Star: Chris Kreider

2nd Star: Henrik Lundqvist

1st Star: Derek Stepan

Really New York media person who picked the stars? All three of them? I get Stepan. Dude scored the game tying and winning goals, picked up an assist earlier, and threw six pucks on net. That has first star written all over it. I can even buy Lundvist. He didn’t have great numbers in this game (gave up three goals, made 29 saves, for a .906 save percentage), but he absolutely kept the Rangers in it during a few stretches where the Jackets had some excellent sustained pressure. But then they added in Kreider. Who was perfectly fine. But no way in hell should all three stars go to the Rangers when the Jackets were under 30 seconds from a win in regulation. No way when Sergei Bobrovsky drops 38 saves, including a number of highlight worthy efforts. I get that there wasn’t another Jacket that was probably worthy of a star based on their boxcar numbers, but Bob was so much better in this game than Kreider it’s crazy.

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March 30-Apr 5th CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on April 06, 2015
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Greetings, all! Time for another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects…and by “world” I mean Springfield, Massachusetts as we’ll be focusing on the Falcons with other prospects’ seasons wrapping up.

The Falcons finished off its home schedule but started off the week in Bridgeport in a game I bet some players thought was an April Fool’s joke, “an 11am game on April Fools? Ok, coach you got us.” After a scoreless first, the Tigers scored in the second before Falcons’ captain, Ryan Craig, finally got the team on the board picking up the rebound of a Sean Collins shot. The goal continued Craig’s tear of late – He’s picked up four points in his last five games.

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Three Stars: PIT @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on April 04, 2015
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It’s tough to disagree with Steve Mears’ assessment. The Jackets are winning quality games against good opponents and will finish the season series 3-1 against the division rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

It would have been pretty easy to get discouraged with the start of tonight’s game as the Penguins clearly dictated the pace of play and possession early with very little pushback from the CBJ. With less than 4 minutes left in the 2nd period, Foligno was able to break open the Blue Jackets’ scoring and before the period was over, the game would be tied with a very Matt Calvert-esque goal by none other than Matt Calvert. The Jackets were able to pull ahead to 4-2 with half of the 3rd frame to play to create some distance between themselves and the Pens. A Ben Lovejoy goal brought the Pens within 1 goal but Nick Foligno completed notched his first career hat trick with an empty netter. Continue reading…