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
We’re back with our weekly prospects review. Here’s all that’s going on with the Jackets’ assets this past week.
Starting off as usual in Springfield, the Falcons went 2-0 last week including one game that went to a shootout to clinch it. Friday night it was the Bridgeport Sound Tigers coming to town and the Falcons picked up a 3-2 win. Late in the second period, Jack Skille found Tim Erixon at the point. Tim’s shot was deflected by Blake Parlett for his first of the season. Two minutes later the Falcons would strike again when Frederic St. Denis fired a shot and Jack Skille would get the rebound – flipping a backhand in for his second of the season. Five minutes into the third period, Blake Parlett struck again. After some pretty passing by the Falcons power play, Blake snapped his shot over the goalie’s shoulder. The Sound Tigers scored two goals in a two minute span to make it 3-2. Jeremy Smith would make 21 saves in the win.
Continue reading November 11-17 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
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
We’re back with a look at the week that was in Jackets’ prospects.
Starting off in Springfield as usual, the Falcons just kept rolling along going 2-0 in the week. This gives the team its best start ever at 5-0-0-0. Starting off on Friday against the Providence Bruins, the Falcons nabbed a quick two goal lead when Tim Erixon and Lukas Sedlak scored 46 seconds apart with Erixon also adding an assist on Sedlak’s goal. The Bruins would score in the second to make it 2-1 but in the third it would be almost all Falcons. Freshly signed to a PTO, Jacques-Francois Jacques made it 3-1 early in the third with Erixon picking up yet another assist. Midway through the period, Jack Skille would score his first with the team. Four minutes later the Bruins would score to make it 4-2, and Alex Aleardi would score an empty net goal to seal the deal. Jeremy Smith made 39 saves for the win and Tim Erixon would end the night with four points – his second four point night.
Saturday night it was off to Glen Falls, New York for a game with the Adirondack Phantoms. The Falcons would allow the Phantoms a 2-0 lead before Broc Little scored his first North American pro goal late in the second period. Midway through the third period, Will Weber would strike for his first of the season (this is not a typo) to tie the game. The game would go to a shootout taking six shooters with Sean Collins scoring in round four to tie the shootout and Cody Goloubef winning it in round six. Mike McKenna made 33 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped five of six in the shootout.
Continue reading October 14-20 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.
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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