Happy Olympic Break all! Back again with another light week in the CBJ prospect world. The Falcons were the busiest team last week with four games, a front office shake up and two roster moves before the Olympic roster freeze.
Before the team’s game on Tuesday against Albany, it was announced that President and Part owner Bruce Landon would be stepping down but will remain as Director of Hockey Operations. As for the game against the little Devils the Falcons picked up a 4-0 victory with Mike McKennna making 25 saves in the win for his third shutout of the season. In the win Alex Aleardi, Spencer Machacek, Frederic St Denis and Jonathan Marchessault scored with Marchessault also adding an assist.
On Thursday the team would trade forward Spencer Machacek for forward Paul Thompson. Thompson had a Cy Young season last year scoring 20 goals and adding nine assists in 58 games played. This year he only has seven points in 39 games before the trade. Before Friday night’s game/the Olympic Roster Freeze the Falcons swung a deal with Providence acquiring former Miami RedHawks star Carter Camper for defenseman Blake Parlett. Camper is a tiny offensive star who picked up 47 and 48 points in his first two full AHL seasons with at least 30 assists. In 41 games played this season Camper has 31 points with 23 being assists. Unfortunately, Camper has been out of the lineup since January 19th with a toe injury.
Continue reading February 3-9 CBJ Prospects Week in Review
Greetings all! Back again with the week in review. It seems like a light week in prospect land but anyhoo away we go!
Starting off in Springfield as we usually do – the Falcons recent struggles continue as the team went 0-2. Starting off in a game against Worchester – after allowing the Sharks a 2-0 lead the Falcons worked a three on two with Michael Chaput firing on net and Sean Collins putting in the rebound for his eighth goal of the season. After another Sharks goal and a Dalton Smith fight, the Energizer Bunny Alex Aleardi skated in and found Lukas Sedlak who scored his seventh of the season to make it 3-2. The Falcons would allow two late second period goals to make it 5-2(can’t get direct link to highlights but the game date was 1/31 if you’re searching for them) with Mike McKenna making 35 saves in the loss.
Up next was a game against Bridgeport – a game the Falcons lost 3-0 marking their second shutout loss in the month. Jeremy Smith had 20 saves in the loss. To add insult to injury, Sean Collins left the game after a check to the head from Sound Tigers defenseman Mike Cantin which earned him a match penalty and a (later announced) four game suspension.
Oscar Dansk-Erie Otters (OHL)
Season Stats 30GP 22-6-1 2.15GAA .919Sv% 6SO
Oscar played in two of the Otters’ three games last week missing out on a blowout win over Niagara. Oscar played in the Otters two games against Owen Sound and in the 4-3 win Oscar made 24 saves marking his 22nd win of the season (after winning only 11 last season). After getting the night off against Niagara, Oscar was back in the Otters crease in a 2-1 loss to Owen Sound with Oscar making 23 saves.
Continue reading January 27-February 2 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
We’re back with another week of Prospect updates!
Starting off in Springfield, the team went 1-2-0-1 last week starting off on Monday in a MLK Day matinee with Adirondack. The Falcons opened the scoring seven minutes into the second when Jean-Francois Jacques received a pass from Spencer Machacek to make it 1-0. Four minutes later, Jacques worked a two on one with Lukas Sedlak with Lukas finishing it for his sixth of the season. Six minutes later, Cody Goloubef stole the puck and was off to the races on a breakaway converting for his sixth. A minute later Michael Chaput took a pass from Goloubef. Chaput was able to get behind the Phantoms defense to make it 4-0 Falcons. The Phantoms scored midway through the third but couldn’t beat the baby birds. Mike McKenna made 30 saves in the victory.
Next up was a trip to Hartford with the Falcons falling to the Pack for the first time in seven tries this season. Michael Chaput and Tim Erixon scored in the 5-2 loss – a game that included allowing a goal seven seconds into the game. Jeremy Smith only made it 23:34 into the game – he allowed four goals and stopped only 11 of 15. Mike McKenna stopped 21 in relief but the team would allow an empty net goal.
Continue reading January 20-26 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Greetings all! Time for the first week in review of the year and the final recap for our prospects at the World Juniors.
Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons went 3-0 last week with three close games. The first match was a New Year’s Eve matinee against the IceCaps in which the Falcons secured a 4-2 victory. 15 minutes into the game, Lukas Sedlak scored his fifth of the season to tie the game at one with Jake Hansen and Sean Collins picking up assists. After another Caps goal, Jonathan Marchessault scored his 12th with just two seconds remaining; and then the Falcons would strike again just 1:18 into the third to make it 3-2 Falcons. Andrew Joudrey scored the insurance goal with just under two minutes left to clinch the 4-2 victory. Jeremy Smith had 31 saves in the victory.
Up next was a game against the Albany Devils. The Devils built a 1-0 lead 4:30 in but the Falcons tied it 4:30 later when Blake Parlett won a board battle, found Darryl Boyce down low who passed to Jean Francois Jacques allowing him to score his fourth. After a scoreless second, the third period was a wild one. The Devils scored twice in a span of 1:08 to make it 3-1. Thirty seconds later Jake Hansen struck on a breakaway. 1:11 later Austin Madaisky notched his second of the season when, after the Falcons wroght havoc in front, the puck came out to Austin who fired a blast to tie it. The game went to overtime with Darryl Boyce working a two on one and then snapping a shot to win the game. Jeremy Smith made 29 saves in the win - his 16th.
To close out the week, the baby birds faced the Providence Bruins. Midway through the second, the Falcons were trailing off a Nick Johnson goal but were able to strike just 11 seconds later. Off a three on two, Spencer Machacek was left wide open and he snapped a shot for his fifth of the season. Seven minutes later, Spencer struck again off a breakaway when he almost wrapped the puck around but a Bruins player stopped him, Tim Miller grabbed the puck and foundMachacek for the wide open net for his sixth. Mike McKenna made 26 saves in his first game back from Columbus in the 2-1 win.
Continue reading December 30-January 5 CBJ Week in Review/World Junior Recap
Greetings all! With the calendar flipping and the World Junior Championships finished I thought it was time to update my Top 20 list from before the season started. First things first, here’s the previous top 20.
1. Ryan Murray
2. Boone Jenner
3. Alexander Wennberg
4. Kerby Rychel
5. Oscar Dansk
6. Marko Dano
7. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
8. Anton Forsberg
9. Cody Goloubef
10. Joonas Korpisalo
11. Mike Reilly
12. Micheal Chaput
13. David Savard
14. Daniel Zaar
15. Dillon Heatherington
16. Oliver Bjorkstrand
17. Sean Collins
18. Lukas Sedlak
19. Gianluca Curcuruto
20. Josh Anderson
Three players from this list will be graduating as they have spent all season with the Jackets. Those three are obviously Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner and David Savard (who I no longer have to be talked into putting in my top 20). Other than those three, there will be some movement and one prospect is dropping off due to injuries. I’ve also had a heck of a time getting info from Finland this season. So without further ado – let’s go. Season stats are as of 1/15/14.
Continue reading My Top 20 CBJ Prospect list
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
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
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
As promised, another Monday, another look back at what the Blue Jackets’ prospects are doing around the world.
We’ll start by looking to the AHL affiliate in Springfield.
The Falcons got back to it on Saturday night facing off against the Worchester Sharks. The baby birds took an early lead when the freshly returned to Springfield Tim Erixon fired a shot that would be deflected by Lukas Sedlak for his first pro goal. Late in the first period, Jake Hansen made it 2-0 and then early in the second the Sharks would make it 2-1. Late in the second, on the power play, Frederic St. Denis and Austin Madaisky would work the puck around finding Jonathan Marchessault who snapped a shot past the Sharks goalie. The assist was Madaisky’s first AHL point. Just under two minutes later, Jake Hansen struck again but it’d be Andrew Joudrey who would do most of the work. Joudrey took a shot as a Sharks player batted the puck into the air and he then sent a cross crease pass to Hansen to make it 4-1. The Sharks would score two late but the Falcons would win it 4-3 with Jeremy Smith making 26 saves for his second win of the season. Erixon would lead the way with three assists he and Hansen were the only Falcons with multiple points.
Sunday, the Falcons welcomed the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to The Nest with the Falcons earning a 3-1 win. Darryl Boyce opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Trent Vogelhuber. Two minutes later, Michael Chaput scored his second of the season on the power play with Tim Erixon and Jonathan Marchessault earning assists. Late in the second period, Erixon would strike again by scoring to make it 3-0 Falcons with Jake Hansen and Dalton Smith earning assists. The Falcons would allow a late shorthanded goal to make it 3-1 but were able to seal the deal. Mike McKenna made 20 saves in his first start and win of the season. Continue reading October 7-13 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Hello Jackets fans! I figured I’d give some thoughts on each player that played for the Jackets in Traverse City. Given the many players involved and differences in playing time, some of these thoughts will be brief, other a bit more. So, without further ado:
Alex Aleardi (Invite Signed by Springfield) Stats 4GP 1-1-2 E 4PIM
I called Aleardi the Energizer Bunny. The guy is always moving and he scored a pretty shorthanded breakaway against Buffalo. I definitely saw him as one of the team’s top forwards. Alex’s strong tournament led to him being the only invite from Traverse City to earn an invite to the Jackets Main Camp.
Josh Anderson (2012 Draft) Stats 4GP 1-0-1 E 11PIM
Josh was a monster up in Traverse being physical as expected but also showing he has hands that can be used for more than punching.
Matej Beran (Invite) Stats 2GP 1-0-1 -1 0PIM
I cant say much about Matej, he only played two games and saw fourth line minutes. The lone positive point is he did score the Jackets only goal in the 7-1 loss to Dallas.
Continue reading Quick Thoughts on CBJ Players in Traverse City