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
Welcome back! We have a jam-packed update on all that is happening with Blue Jackets Prospects.
As usual, we start off in Springfield. This was a rough week for the Falcons. After starting off 5-0 the team suffered its first two losses including one by shootout.
Friday night, the Falcons faced the Providence Bruins. Sean Collins was part of all three Falcons goals scoring two and adding an assist on Frederic St. Denis‘ first of the season. Jake Hansen continued his hot start picking up two assists which gives him five points in six games after picking up nine in 46 games last season. The game would go to a shootout going six rounds with Jonathan Marchessault being the only one to score. Jeremy Smith would make 32 saves in the loss.
Saturday night it was back to the Nest for a game against the Worchester Sharks. In the 3-1 loss the Falcons would do something they hadn’t done since December of 2012. Jake Hansen scored the Falcons only goal when he won a battle along the boards and went on the breakaway firing a shot that the Sharks goaltender would get a piece of but would bounce over his shoulder. The goal was Hansen’s third goal of the season – again pointing out he scored four all of last season. Mike McKenna would make 31 saves in the loss.
On to the rest of the prospects…
Continue reading October 21-27 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
I’m back again, Jackets fans, for the first time this season with the Springfield Falcons and the Jackets’ five NCAA prospects getting underway.
Starting off in Springfield, the Falcons began their defense of their Northeast Division Championship facing the Manchester Monarchs who they also faced in the opening round of the 2013 playoffs. The Falcons went down 1-0 when Jordan Weal deposited a rebound past Jeremy Smith who was too far out of his net and couldn’t get back in position. An unexpected source would score the Falcons first goal when one time Jacket Daryl Boyce went five hole on Martin Jones to tie the game.
In the second period, Cody Goloubef would try to clear it out but Tanner Pearson would get the puck sending it out to 2012-13 rookie of the year Tyler Toffoli to make it 2-1. A minute later Michael Chaput would assist on his own goal when he dumped the puck in and Monarchs defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk would send it up finding Chaput in the slot who snapped it past Jones. The game would go to a shootout lasting five rounds. In the fourth, Broc Little, making his North American pro debut, skated in and did his Artem Anisimov impression snapping a backhand past Jones. Andy Andreoff would fire a weak shot with Smith barely having to make a stop to seal the victory. Smith would make 22 saves in the 3-2 shootout win.
Continue reading September 30-October 6 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.
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
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
Another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects with two prospects moving on to the Conference Final and another playing what probably was his final CHL game ever.
Starting off in Springfield as always, the Falcons went 2-1 last week with the team and some players picking up some hardware. Starting off on Sunday, the Falcons were off to Portland for a game against the Pirates. With the Falcons picking up a 4-2 victory along with some help from the Providence Bruins, Springfield was the first AHL team to clinch its division winning the F.G. (Teddy) Oke Trophy for the first time since 1997-98.
Jake Hansen opened the scoring with his second pro goal when he took an Alex Aleardi pass from behind the net and fired a slapshot past Mike Lee. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored his 20th goal of the season when he intercepted a clearing attempt and snapped a wrist shot by Lee. Blake Parlett scored his first as a Falcon to make it 3-1 when he fired in a Sean Collins rebound off the boards. Collins would make it 4-1 when he took a Matthew Ford feed for his 11th of the season. Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for his 28th win of the season. Continue reading April 7-13 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
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
Like last year, The Hockey News Future Watch issue is out and that means its time for me to go over what the Jackets have coming down the pipeline. Last year’s issue gave the Jackets prospects a C+ (the grades are decided by a panel of NHL scouts – 14 last year, 15 this year) placing the CBJ 24th. I’ll be honest with you, I figured the CBJ would either stay about the same, or even drop, but I was wrong. The Jackets group of prospects jumped up seven spots to 17th earning a grade of B. I’m guessing the drafting of Ryan Murray second overall and two of the top draft European goalie prospects helped this grade. The last two top 10s feature six players that appear in both.
|1||David Savard||Ryan Murray
|2||Boone Jenner||Boone Jenner
|3||Matt Calvert||Tim Erixon (NYR #1 in 2012)
|4||Cam Atkinson||Oscar Dansk
|5||Tomas Kubalik||Cam Atkinson
|6||Dalton Smith||Matt Calvert
|7||Dalton Prout||David Savard
|8||Mike Reilly||Michael Chaput
|9||Michael Chaput||Joonas Korpisalo
|10||Cody Goloubef||Mike Reilly
Continue reading 2013 State of the Blue Jackets Prospect Pool