Prospects

Final Falcons Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on April 20, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

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.

Continue reading…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jackets to Select 8th in 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Posted by CBJProspects on April 19, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

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:

Continue reading…

Tags: , ,

AHL Affiliate (Finally) Coming to Cleveland 

Posted by CBJProspects on April 16, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

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.

Continue reading…

CBJ Prospect CHL Playoff 1st Round Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on April 10, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

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).

Continue reading…

Tags: , , , ,

March 30-Apr 5th CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on April 06, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

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.

Continue reading…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

March 23-29 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on April 02, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

Greetings all! Sorry for the delay, but a weekend trip to St Louis for the CBJ game happened. This is the part of the year when my recaps get smaller as I like to wait until the end of the first round of each playoff round before recapping how our prospects did.

Starting off in Springfield as we do, Monday was moving day – Sonny Milano was assigned to the Falcons and the team also announced moves involving six players either being assigned to the ECHL, being released from their PTO or being signed to one. It was originally announced that Sonny would have to wait a week (injury) before making his debut but fans began tweeting me that that Sonny was in warmups Friday. Turns out that Sonny did play and it wouldn’t take long for him to make an impact. 4:43 into the first, with Sonny behind the net, he found Luke Adam in front for a one timer to make it 1-0. Just under two minutes later, Ryan Craig made some history scoring his 91st goal with the franchise making him the all-time leader, passing Jean-Guy Trudel. The goal came when Craig deflected a Hubert Labrie point shot. After that, the Falcons allowed four straight goals including one in the second. Quickly, if you want to know how bad things have been in Springfield, the two goals in the first was the first time the Falcons had done this since February 28th which marks a streak of nine games. After the four goals, Sean Collins picked up a rebound to make it 4-3. The Falcons allowed two third period goals to fall 5-3.

Continue reading…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

March-16-22 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 23, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

Greetings all! Time again for the week in review. It was the last week of competition in the CHL’s regular season and a lot of team awards and playoff standings were handed out and announced.

We’ll start off in the AHL first, though. First up for the Springfield Falcons, on Wednesday it was announced that 2012 third round pick Joonas Korpisalo would be joining the Falcons as his season with Ilves having just completed (seems quicker than when they brought Anton Forsberg last season). With that, it was time for another round of Oscar Dansk in the ECHL in Kalamazoo but more on that later.

First up on Friday, the Falcons welcomed the worst team in the East, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Falcons continued what has seemed like a trend lately by allowing the first goal before TJ Tynan scored his ninth of the season off his own rebound to make it 1-1. The Falcons allowed two third period goals and fell by a score of 3-1, Scott Munroe had 26 saves in the loss.

Continue reading…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

March 9-15 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 19, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

Hello all – sorry or the delay but I’m back again for the usual week in review!

Starting off it was a rough week in Springfield as the Falcons went 1-2 and scored one goal…Im not kidding. First up against Hartford, the Falcons allowed the Pack to take a 1-0 lead late in the first before TJ Tynan scored his eighth goal of the season on a rebound to tie it. The game went to overtime and to the three on three portion of the overtime with Conor Allen winning it. Scott Munroe made 30 saves in the loss.

Let’s keep the next game brief – the Falcons lost 5-0 to Providence and Oscar Dansk made 29 saves. Next up was a game against Albany and it was a goalie duel going all the way to a shootout with no score before TJ Tynan and Sean Collins notched goals in the skills competition while Scott Munroe had 35 saves and stopped both Devil shooters.

The Falcons are hanging onto a playoff spot – they’re only a point behind sixth and seventh place and are up three on ninth place Worchester, but some help for the Falcons could be on the way. More on that later in this recap.

Continue reading…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2015 State of the Blue Jackets Prospect Pool

Posted by CBJProspects on March 13, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospects / No Comments

Hello all! As usual, when The Hockey News’ Future Watch Issue hits my mailbox that means it’s time for my annual update on the Jackets prospect pool. After rising from 24th in 2012 to 2nd last year, the CBJ took a small dip dropping to 6th. First up here’s the Blue Jackets top 10 prospects

  1. Sonny Milano
  2. Kerby Rychel
  3. Oliver Bjorkstrand
  4. Anton Forsberg
  5. Josh Anderson
  6. Marko Dano
  7. Mike Reilly
  8. Joonas Korpisalo
  9. Dillon Heatherington
  10. Ryan Collins

Like last year, I only have a few minor issues with the list. I’d have Marko Dano and Mike Reilly ahead of Josh Anderson, and as most of you know, I’ve been in the Josh Anderson fan club since draft day 2012. The Future Watch issue had this to say about Marko:

Continue reading…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet William Karlsson / Trade Deadline thoughts

Posted by CBJProspects on March 03, 2015
Prospects / No Comments

welcome to a rare non week in review post. For the first time since the Nash deal, the Jackets added a prospect through a trade that I think you need to know about. Meet William “Wild Bill” Karlsson of Märsta, Sweden. Karlsson joins the Jackets along with a second round pick and Rene Bourque from the trade that sent a third round pick and James Wisniewski to Anaheim (yes, I put the draft picks first – would you expect anything less from me?).

Karlsson was Anaheim’s third pick in the 2011 entry draft, selected 53rd overall. In the final draft rankings William was the 21st rated European prospect. Hockey News Future Watch editor Brian Costello tweeted that William was going to be the Ducks third best prospect. It’s also worth noting the Ducks earned the second best organizational grade in the magazine.

William was a teammate of Jackets prospects (at the time) Alexander Wennberg and Oscar Dansk on Sweden’s 2013 silver medal winning team and he was a membe of Sweden’s gold medal team in 2012. In Sweden, while playing for HV71, he was named the 2013 Rookie of the Year and collected 28 points in 50 games backing it up with a 37 point season before joining Anaheim’s AHL affiliate Norfolk last season where he collected nine points in nine games to close out the regular season. William has played 18 games in the NHL this season and has scored 3 points (2-1-3) in 18 games along with the 21 points in 35 games he’s earned with Norfolk. Now, as I like to do, I asked for the opinion of people who have seen him play before. First, I turn things over to the editor in chief of hockeysverige.se, Mr. Uffe Bodin:

Continue reading…

Tags: ,