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
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
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
Hello Blue Jackets fans! I’m back for another season of keeping you up to date on the team’s prospects from around the globe. I’ll be playing a bit of catch up as the European prospects have been playing since the start of the month.
Oscar Dansk – Erie Otters (OHL)
Season Stats 4GP 2-1-1 2.51GAA .925Sv%
Oscar and the Otters began the 2013-14 season on a five game road trip because they’re putting the finishing touches on renovations to the Erie Insurance Arena. In the season opener against Guelph it was a back and forth affair with the teams trading goals until Guelph would score 13 seconds into overtime. Oscar would make 33 saves in the loss. The next night it was off to Plymouth for a game against to the Whalers and fellow Jackets prospect Gianluca Curcuruto. With the help of two third period goals, Oscar would make 29 saves in winning his first game of the season. The Otters next game was another match-up with a Jackets prospect as it was off to Saginaw for a game with the Spirit and Nick Moutrey. The Spirit would get off to a quick start scoring just 47 seconds in and adding another in the second period. The Otters would score in the third to make it 2-1, with Oscar making 29 saves in the loss. Friday night it was off to Sarnia. Oscar would get his first night off in an 8-4 Otters loss to Kerby Rychel and the Windsor Spitfires. Continue reading CBJ Prospect Review September 6th-29th
Hello all with the CHL season getting under way it’s time (even if im a little late) for my preview of the Jackets Canadian Hockey League and European prospects. Like last year, I’ve asked for help from my sources who have seen these players play.
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Oscar Dansk-Erie Otters
2012-13 Stats 43GP 11-23-3-3 .888Sv% 4.11GAA
Oscar had a rough go in his first year in the OHL playing behind a young Otters team that included 15 year old phenom Connor McDavid. I turn things over to Victor Fernandes from the Erie Times-News
Continue reading CBJ CHL/European Prospect Preview
Hello all! In a previous post in which I somewhat ripped apart Hockeysfuture’s top 20 prospects, I threw out the idea of periodically doing a top 10 or 20 prospects. With the teams European prospects already in camp, and the CHL getting started soon, figured I’d better get to it. Here’s the list with players’ previous rankings. As a disclaimer, I’ve said before I don’t like HF’s criteria of what qualifies as a prospect – if I was using their criteria Cam Atkinson and Dalton Prout, among other Jackets, would be on this list. My criteria is simply if I keep track of them and, as for the rankings, I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure which I’m giving more weight to: talent or NHL readiness, perhaps it’s simply a combination of both. So without further ado, here we go.
Continue reading My Top 20 CBJ Prospects
Ah, Hockeysfuture.com – the hockey fans main resource for info on your team’s future stars along with it’s sister site of a place to kill brain cells/have a few laughs (HFBoards). Recently, they posted the Jackets top 20 prospects and, well, as the fanbase’s resident guru/geek (whichever you prefer) I went over the list and, much like The Hockey News list featured in my State of the Prospect Pool post, I’ve got some issues. Much like THN’s list, in my opinion it still feels like “hey what are you guys doing here?”, in addition to having a few rank order problems. It was pointed out to me that HF has criteria of what it qualifies as a prospect but since this is my post I’m gonna give my own take on HF’s and then post my list.
First things first lets look at theirs:
- D Ryan Murray
- F Cam Atkinson
- D Tim Erixon
- F Boone Jenner
- G Oscar Dansk
- D David Savard
- F Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
- D Cody Goloubef
- D Dalton Prout
- D Austin Madaisky
- G Joonas Korpisalo
- D Mike Reilly
- F T.J. Tynan
- G Allen York
- F Lukas Sedlak
- F Michael Chaput
- F Daniel Zaar
- F Seth Ambroz
- D Will Weber
- F Spencer Machacek Continue reading My Take on HockeysFuture.com Top 20 CBJ prospect list
Back again with the week in review with a minor change of format. I’m going to wait until the end of the playoff round to update the OHL prospects; otherwise, I’d only have stats for one game for two series this week, but ‘ll include how the series is with their stats. On with the show.
Starting off in Springfield as always. The Falcons could have clinched a playoff spot with a win over Albany but would fall 3-1 to the Devils. After allowing two first period goals, the Falcons’ Ryan Craig would strike for his 19th goal of the season when Nick Drazenovic sent a cross crease pass to Jonathan Audy-Marchessault. JAM’s shot would rebound to Craig who was at the doorstop. Allen York made 16 saves in the loss. Continue reading March 31st-April 6th CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Another week in the world of the Blue Jackets prospects with three moving on to the next round in their respective playoff series and another reportedly signing an ATO to join the Falcons. But in somewhat bad news we say “have a good summer” to all the Jacket’s NCAA prospects as all of their seasons have been completed.
Staring off in Springfield, on Thursday night the Birds would get into a wild one with Bridgeport with a new face on the team being the hero. Just 40 seconds after the Tigers made it 1-0, Matthew Ford would get three whacks at the puck before Jonathan Audy-Marchessault found the loose puck for his 19th of the season. The Sound Tigers scored twice to make it 3-1 before Ryan Craig made it 3-2 when he deflected a Matthew Ford shot for his 18th. The Tigers fourth goal would end Allen York’s night for about 12 minutes with Paul Dainton going in but suffering an injury stopping all four shots he faced. York would return to the crease stopping every shot he faced the rest of the way. Matthew Ford would start the comeback when he took a pass from JAM and scored on a pretty backhand for his sixth of the season (second with the Falcons) and his third point of the night. Will Weber scored his second of the season (both against Bridgeport and Rick DiPietro – Still funny!) when a Tigers’ clearing attempt bounced off a teammate’s skate right to Will who skated in on DiPietro and shot a backhand over his shoulder. A few minutes later Alex Aleardi, making his pro debut, found a loose puck after a Spencer Machacek shot for the game winner and his first pro goal. Allen York, despite the shaky start, would stop 15 of 19 in the win – his ninth win of the season. Continue reading March 24-30 CBJ Prospect Week in Review