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March-16-22 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 23, 2015
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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.

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March 9-15 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 19, 2015
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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.

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2015 State of the Blue Jackets Prospect Pool

Posted by CBJProspects on March 13, 2015
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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:

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Meet William Karlsson / Trade Deadline thoughts

Posted by CBJProspects on March 03, 2015
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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:

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February 16-March 1 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 03, 2015
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Hello all sorry for the delay on updates, here. Either wordpress or my computer decided to crash just as I was about to finish last week’s review and since it was Sunday afternoon I decided to combine all the content and do one of my two week updates.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons opened up against the Hartford Wolfpack. Early in the first, Sean Collins got the puck from a board battle and drove to the net to make it 1-0. The Pack scored next before Dominic Monardo got on the board late in the second. Oscar Lindberg got the Pack’s next two goals including the overtime winner. In the loss Oscar Dansk made 24 saves.

Next, the Portland Pirates came to town for the Falcons annual Pink in the Rink Night. Early in the second Michael Chaput picked up the garbage on a Luke Adam shot but just 11 seconds later the Pirates tied it up. Later in the second the Falcons struck when Corey Cowick scored off a backhand to give the Falcons a lead that would last for about seven minutes before the Pirates would score. The Pirates scored again midway through the third to earn a 3-2 win. In the loss Scott Munroe made 24 saves.

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February 9-15 Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 16, 2015
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Greetings all – time again for the week in review.

Starting off with the Falcons as we always do – the Birds opened the week in Manchester where the Falcons let the Monarchs roar out to a 3-0 lead before Dominic Monardo scored off a rebound 44 seconds after the Monarchs third goal. Late in the second, Mike Hoeffel scored to make it 4-2. Oscar Dansk made 25 saves in the loss.

Up next against Providence, the Falcons again fell behind early before Thomas Larkin tied it with a blast off a faceoff win. The game went to overtime, and a second overtime as well taking the play on ice to a three on three when Marko Dano drove to the net and Malcolm Subban stopped him, but Dana Tyrell picked up the rebound for the game winner. Scott Munroe stopped 14 of 15 in the victory.

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January 19-February 1 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 02, 2015
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Greetings all – I’m back again and trying to get back on our regular schedule of Monday updates. We skipped last week with the All-Star festivities, so since we have two weeks to get through lets get on it (fair warning – it’s a long one).

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons had two more games before taking time off for the All Star Game. Friday night it was off to Hartford for a game with the Wolfpack. Michael Chaput opened the scoring off the rebound of a Frederic St Denis point shot to make it 1-0. The Pack tied it early in the second before Kerby Rychel fired a shot just above the circle to make it 2-1 with his 11th of the season. The third period went a lot like the second with the Pack scoring early before Kerby scored again. Kerby got his next goal off a deflection of a St Denis keep in/point shot. The Pack scored two goals in a 1:02 span to clinch the 4-3 victory with goon/my favorite target of ridicule Dylan McIlrath scoring the game winner. In the 4-3 loss Anton Forsberg made 24 saves.

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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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