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December 8-14 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 16, 2014
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Time for another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects! It was a light week with the International break happening along with college hockey taking its Christmas break (Minnesota is done until next year) so let’s begin where we always do – Springfield – where the baby birds are still playing.

Starting off on Wednesday, The Falcons pulled off a pair of things they hadn’t done in a long time. First the team lost for the first time in 11 games and they were also shutout for the first time since October 24th. In the 2-0 loss, Anton Forsberg stopped 23 of 24 with ex-Jacket Mike Blunden adding an empty net goal.

After that, it was time for the longest bus trip of the season according to play by play guy Andy Zilch when the team headed to Norfolk, Virginia. On Friday night, with Ilya Bryzgalov in net for the Admirals, Marko Dano opened the scoring when he picked up a rebound off an Austin Madaisky point shot. Bryz got a piece of it with his stick but the puck ended up in the net. In the second with the game tied at one, Dano struck again scoring just seconds into a power play. The goal came off a scramble with Dano gathering the loose puck to make it 2-1. Sean Collins scored an empty net goal for his 10th of the year. Forsberg had 26 saves including one on a late game penalty shot.

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November 24-30 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 01, 2014
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Greetings all and happy holidays! Starting off in Springfield as we usual we do those Falcons just keep rolling along. Beginning last Wednesday in Lehigh Valley, it was an all-AHL contract goal scoring party with Mike Hoeffel, Trent Vogelhuber, and Jamie Sifers scoring for the Falcons before Steven Delisle would put an end to Anton Forsberg’s shutout (no seriously). In the 3-2 victory Anton stopped 23 of 25.

Friday night it was off to Worchester for a game with the Sharks. Mathieu Gagnon opened the scoring before the Sharks scored two (with Anton Forsberg doing his Marc-Andre Fleury impression on the second). Marko Dano tied the game 37 seconds after the Sharks second goal when he gathered a loose puck and snapped a shot over the Sharks’ goalie’s shoulder to make it 2-2. Nathan Oystrick scored the game winner when TJ Tynan started a rush and then sent a pass to Oystrick for his first with the Falcons. Anton Forsberg stopped 33 of 35 in the Birds eighth straight win.

To close out the week, the baby birds welcomed Alexander Wennberg who was sent down from the Jackets. Another new face, the newly signed (by the Falcons) Corey Cowick opened the scoring before two thirds of the Jackets 2013 1st round (Wennberg and Dano) would get together to set up Dominic Monardo for his sixth of the season. Later in the period, Sean Collins scored his team leading ninth goal of the year. A minute later Monardo struck again to make it 4-0. Colin Miller spoiled Anton Forsberg’s shutout late in the second but the goaltender made 21 saves in the franchise record tying win. Here are postgame comments from Coach Jared Bednar, and Alexander Wennberg after the game.

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November 17-23 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 25, 2014
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Hello all! Time again for the CBJ prospect week in review!

Starting off in Springfield as we usually do the Falcons faced off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the first time since their brawl filled game last week. Kerby Rychel opened the scoring 1:27 into the game with Dana Tyrell and Michael Chaput assisting (remember this trio you’ll be hearing this a lot tonight). Later in the first, Sean Collins scored his second penalty shot goal in a row giving him six on the year. Two minutes later, Rychel, Chaput and Tyrell struck again and gave the Birds a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission. After a Sound Tigers goal in the second, Michael Chaput scored on the power play early in the third. Then, Lukas Sedlak scored a few minutes later to give the Falcons a 5-1 lead before Ryan Pulock would do what he does best – scoring on the power play making it 5-2. Anton Forsberg made 23 saves for his fourth win of the season.

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November 10-16 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 17, 2014
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Another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects is over folks so let’s get to it. Starting off on Tuesday in Springfield, the Falcons fell by a score of 4-2 to Worcester with Sean Collins and Ryan Craig scoring the team’s goals. Oscar Dansk made 20 saves in the loss. On Friday night against Providence, the Falcons bounced back with a 4-3 victory. Ryan Craig and Austin Madaisky were the only CBJ signed players to score and Madaisky added an assist. Scott Munroe made 31 saves in the win.

On Saturday it was time for a rematch against Worcester and the Falcons earned a 1-0 win on Sean Collins’ second period penalty shot. In the victory, Anton Forsberg stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first North American shutout. To close out the weekend it was old time hockey with over 200 penalty minutes being handed out. In terms of the actual hockey being played, the Falcons were trailing 1-0 when Thomas Larkin opened the scoring with his third of the season. Lukas Sedlak and Dana Tyrell scored in the second to give the Falcons a lead before allowing two goals in the third to tie it. Three minutes after evening the score, Kerby Rychel struck  on the power play for his fourth of the season. 46 seconds later Tyrell scored an empty net goal to clinch the victory. After that is when all hell broke loose as 172 (if my math is right) of the games penalty minutes were handed out starting with Josh Anderson getting into a fight and that was followed by a line brawl. In the win Anton Forsberg made 28 saves.

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November 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 10, 2014
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Greetings all! Time again for the prospect week in review and we’re starting off in Springfield. Seems the Falcons had some extra goals lying around and decided to use them all. First up, the St John’s Ice Caps travelled down to the states for two with the Falcons. Starting off on Wednesday, Kerby Rychel opened the scoring when he picked up the rebound of a Dana Tyrell shot just 1:20 into the game. Five minutes later with the birds on the power play, off a faceoff the puck got to Thomas Larkin who fired a shot to make it 2-0. After a late first period goal by St John’s, the Falcons struck again when Ryan Craig scored his sixth of the season. Craig deposited the rebound of an Austin Madaisky point shot. After two more Caps goals, Lukas Sedlak scored his first of the season when he took a pass from Josh Anderson and knocked one home on the breakaway. In the third, Madaisky finished the scoring when he stepped into a Lukas Sedlak pass to make it 5-3 Falcons. Oscar Dansk made 16 saves in the win.

Friday night in the rematch it was more of the same as Sean Collins started things off by scored just 1:27 into the game. After a Caps goal late in the first, Tyrell skated in and stickhandled to make it 2-1. In the second Jerry D’Amigo fired a shot from the circle for his third of the season. 10 minutes later St John’s would score shorthanded before Tyrell struck again off a deflection. In the third period Trent Vogelhuber found Madaisky who fired a shot top corner making it 5-2. After two goals by St John’s, Sedlak scored an empty netter to make it 6-4 with Oscar Dansk making 32 saves in the win.

To close out the week it was off to Manchvegas for a game with the Monarchs. in the 2-1 loss, Sean Collins scored the Falcons’ only goal late in the third when he tipped a Larkin shot from the sideboard. Scott Munroe made 27 saves in the loss.

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October 20-26 CBJ Prospect Review

Posted by CBJProspects on October 27, 2014
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Greetings all! Ttime again for another week in review of the future Jackets. Let’s get the ugly out of the way first. The Falcons took on the baby Penguins and the Pens picked up a 5-0 win with Oscar Dansk getting the start, stopping 31 of 36 in the loss. Up next against Norfolk,the Falcons won the game 6-3 with several prospects having big nights. Kerby Rychel got the game going when he got into a fight with Nick Kerdiles. Kerby also earned an additional minor. Corey Cowick opened the scoring and Thomas Larkin earned his first point of the night. Brian Gibbons scored the team’s second goal and also assisted on Domenic Monardo‘s team leading fourth goal of the season. After Brandon Yip scored for the Admirals, Larkin scored his first goal since the 2012-13 season. Brad Winchester scored before Ryan Craig added to his great Falcons career with his 80th goal for the team. That puts him at fourth all time. Joseph Camarossa scored before Kerby Rychel notched his first pro goal on an empty netter with 29 seconds left. Scott Munroe made 18 saves in the win. Thomas Larkin’s three point night gave him a new career high in points in a season.

To close out the three in three weekend, the Falcons would again play the Syracuse Crunch (third time in seven games so far). In the 5-1 win, Austin Madaisky, TJ Tynan and Sean Collins scored their first of the season with Josh Anderson picking up his first pro point on an assist on Tynan’s goal (also Tynan’s first pro goal). Kerby Rychel scored his first pro goal where a goalie in the net. In the 5-1 win, Oscar Dansk stopped 36 of 37 making the game his first pro win and he received the first star honor for his efforts.

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CBJ Prospects Review (10/7-10/19)

Posted by CBJProspects on October 20, 2014
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Hello all! I’m trying to get back to our normal prospect updates on Mondays schedule, so as we do, let’s  start off in Springfield (or Syracuse as it was) as the Falcons first two games were on the road against the Crunch.

The Falcons had a light start to the season playing only one game then having to play a three-in-three the next week. Mike Hoeffel scored the first goal of the season when he potted the rebound of a Denny Urban point shot. Urban (who’s an ex-Ohio Junior Blue Jacket by the way) struck when he took a pass from Dana Tyrell and fired a shot from the dot making it 2-0. 1:29 later, ex-Jacket Michael Blunden made it 2-1. Ryan Craig closed out the scoring with an empty net goal to make it 3-1, Anton Forsberg made 21 saves in the win.

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CBJ European Prospect Season(so far) Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on October 13, 2014
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Still playing a bit of catch up folks so today we’ll be seeing how the Jackets three prospects playing across the pond are doing.

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2014 CBJ European Prospect Preview

Posted by CBJProspects on September 12, 2014
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It’s hockey time so let’s get right to checking out what’s going on with some of the Blue Jackets prospects. Europe gets an earlier start than North America with all three of the Jacket’s European getting started this week. The Jackets have three prospects playing overseas: Daniel Zaar in Sweden, Joonas Korpisalo in Finland and Elvis Merzlikins in Switzerland. Since it’s hard to see these players live, like I normally do with the CHL and NCAA, I’ve asked for some help from reporters who have seen these players live.

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2014 Top 20 CBJ Prospects

Posted by CBJProspects on August 11, 2014
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Greetings all after a bit of summer break I’m back with my take on the Jackets Top 20 prospects. First here are my last top 20 from January.

1. Alexander Wennberg
2. Kerby Rychel
3. Oscar Dansk
4. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
5. Marko Dano
6. Anton Forsberg
7. Cody Goloubef
8. Oliver Bjorkstrand
9. Mike Reilly
10. Michael Chaput
11. Daniel Zaar
12. Dillon Heatherington
13. Sean Collins
14. Josh Anderson
15. Lukas Sedlak
16. Peter Quenneville
17. Gianluca Curcuruto
18. Seth Ambroz
19. Markus Soberg
Incomplete Joonas Korpisalo

When we look at the list for this year, two prospects from this list have moved on with J_M being traded to Tampa Bay and Gianluca Curcuruto not being signed after an injury filled/down year in Plymouth. There has also been some normal movement due to last season’s performances. So let’s take a look at my list of the top 20:

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