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…

Three Stars: CBJ vs. NYI

Posted by The Coach on April 03, 2015
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The Jackets pulled off a thrilling comeback 4-3 shootout victory over the visiting New York Islanders tonight. Sergei Bobrovsky was shakier than usual, and the Jackets came out slow in all three periods, but a furious final frame and overtime helped them over come it. Down 3-1 in the third, Jack Johnson and Ryan Johansen scored to send the game to extra time. A questionable late delay of game penalty led an Islanders penalty to close out regulation. The Jackets managed to get a man advantage opportunity in overtime, but were unable to cash in. Mark Letestu and Johansen scored in the shootout, and Bobrovksy made two stops as the Jackets won their franchise record 8th straight game. It’s been a fun ride the last month, unfortunately it’s too little too late. On to the stars.

3rd Star: Brandon Dubinsky

So glad to have Dubinsky back in my life. I just love watching him play. If you just watch Dubinsky during a shift, you will see a guy always in the right spot, always moving to where he should be, always making the proper play. He’s like the reverse-Jack Johnson. Dubinsky tipped in a Dalton Prout shot in the first period to tie the game at 1, and played 19:55 of his usual solid play, even drawing the overtime powerplay.
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March 23-29 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on April 02, 2015
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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.

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Three Stars: CBJ @ STL

Posted by DerDrache on March 28, 2015
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17 shots on goal. Short handed 6 times. Not the recipe for success or what I’m sure the Blue Jackets coaching staff and players had in mind for the evening but at the end of 60 minutes, the only stat that matters was in the Jackets’ favor: 4 goals for, 2 goals against. The Jackets hot streak continues.  Continue reading…

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Three Stars: CBJ @ CHI

Posted by The Coach on March 28, 2015
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One of the most exciting first periods of the Jackets season led to a far less exciting (and bordering on uneventful) remainder of the game, and a 5-2 Jackets win over the Blackhawks in Chicago last night. During the first, the Jackets and Hawks combined for six goals (only an empty netter coming later), and 28 shots (of 60 total for the game). There were as many goals in the first period as there were noteworthy shots on goaltenders in the third (per the NHL’s little dashes on GameCenterLive). Anyway, despite the semi-lopsided looking score, the Blackhawks outshot the Jackets 33-27, and outshot-attempted them 58-39. This was primarily the result of a 5-1 powerplay advantage for the Hawks, but the Jackets’ much maligned penalty kill held strong. Sergei Bobrovsky was his usual wonderful self in making 31 saves in the win.

3rd Star: Johnny Oduya

He had two assists. Okay.
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Three Stars: ANA @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on March 24, 2015
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Is it plagiarism if you’re copying your own words? I’ll repeat it: can you imagine if this team could start? That first 20 minutes was rough to watch. Hartnell took the most Hartnell-ist of all penalties to give the Ducks their first of what would be many power play opportunities against the Jackets and Kesler and crew were able to capitalize. Like the rest of the team, Bob looked shaky to start and it wasn’t until after Cogliano’s 2nd goal that Bob really “locked it in” to steal a phrase from Bob McElligot’s post-game analysis. From the 2nd period forward, Bob was like a cat watching a laser pointer, never losing sight of the puck and had a an intensity that Blue Jackets fans have become accustomed to seeing when he’s truly at the top of his game. As much as it pains to me to acknowledge that there’s a role for fighting still in the NHL, it’s undeniable that Boll’s scrap with Clayton Stoner was a huge momentum swing and changed the entire complexion of the game. Instead of giving credit where it’s due, I’ll simply say that a better team wouldn’t have needed a fight to display the same tempo and tenacity we saw after that bout. Regardless, from there on, those in attendance and at home were treated to a physical, high scoring hockey game with some of everything. Let’s dig in to the stars: Continue reading…

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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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Three Stars: CBJ @ CGY

Posted by The Coach on March 21, 2015
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Sergei Borovsky made 38 saves, and Rene Bourque scored twice against his former team to help the Blue Jackets take down the Flames 3-2 in overtime on Saturday afternoon. The Jackets were thoroughly outplayed for most of the game, getting outshot 40-26, and outshot-attempted 73-52. The Jackets welcomed Boone Jenner and Jeremy Morin back to the lineup from injury, although both were a little rusty and fairly quiet. Bobrovsky kept the game close until Artem Anisimov put together a fantastic effort to force a turnover by ex-Jacket Kris Russell, pick up the puck, and score a spinning, backhand goal to send the game to overtime. Bourque put the game away with his second goal of the game as the Jackets extended their winning streak to three games.

3rd Star: Sergei Bobrovsky

Really, what more can you say about Bobrovsky on the game-by-game level. His only negative in the macro is injuries. When healthy, he gives the Jackets a chance to win every game, whether they deserve it or not. Bob was the only reason they were still in this game after the second period. He was outstanding, is pretty much always outstanding, and is totally worth his contract extension. Look, you can find goalies, and Bob is the example of it. But the reason you can find goalies is the difficulty in evaluating them. That also makes it difficult to find a goalie who gives you a legitimate chance to win. Bob isn’t Steve Mason, who basically had a hot fifteen games his rookie year, followed by league average player (and worse after his rookie year). When you find a guy who will keep you in the game (basically) every time he players, and that guy is young enough to do this for the next half-decade, you lock him down. Think the Rangers have any regrets about keeping Henrik Lunqvist at a big cap figure? He was a 6th round pick, and the same kind of find that Bob was for the Jackets. The Rangers have been in contention for at least the playoffs every year he’s been healthy. Bob provides the same thing for the Jackets.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ VAN

Posted by Staff on March 20, 2015
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That game went down just as we all thought, right? After a commanding performance by Vancouver for the first period, a Vancouver friend of mine kindly pointed out “the Canucks are on pace for 90 shots!” or “the Canucks are on pace for 60 plus shots!”

What a difference an intermission makes.

The Jackets rallied back after two bang-bang Vancouver goals and scored six unanswered to win the game and leave Canucks fans sounding – well – familiar: “how can we not beat teams we’re supposed to beat?” (Some fans also were yelling “Shoot it!” throughout the game but that’s a story for another day).

Anyway – let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com:

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