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
Well hockey season is right around the corner as the annual (except for last year, thank Bettman) prospect tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. I’ll be heading up there for the third time to give you live updates from the CBJ’s practices and games.
First some background. The tournament features eight teams split into two divisions. Within each division, the teams play each other once then they play the team that finished in the same position in the other division to close the tournament. The Blue Jackets are in the Ted Lindsay Division that will also feature the Carolina Hurricanes, Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers. The Gordie Howe Divison will feature the host Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues.
The Blue Jackets team of prospects is a lot like the main club – not highly skilled but you better be ready for them as the roster is full of gritty two way players and some big boys to throw their weight around.
Let’s take a look at who rounds out the CBJ corps:
Continue reading CBJ Traverse City Tournament 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
With the Memorial Cup Final being played Sunday night the NHL is now the only level of hockey still playing. Let’s look at a final wrap up of what happened with CBJ prospects that finished out their season recently.
Starting off in Springfield as always, the juggernaut Syracuse Crunch made quick work of the Falcons sweeping them in four games. Game one would be a 5-2 loss with Nick Drazenovic and Ryan Craig picking up the Birds’ goals. Drazenovic would strike first on the power play when the Falcons were trailing 2-0. Nick would take a pass from Nick Holden just above the faceoff circle with his shot looking like Boone Jenner tipped it but Drazenovic was given credit for it. Ryan Craig would score with only two seconds left when he’d deflect a Nick Holden point shot. Curtis McEllhinney would take the loss stopping only four of nine in just over 30 minutes of action. Allen York would stop all 11 shots he faced.
Continue reading AHL Eastern Conference Final/OHL Final/Memorial Cup Recap
A tiny change of format as I will be waiting until the end of the current playoff series to write about the CHL playoffs. The all Jackets prospect OHL Western Conference Final between the London Knights and Plymouth Whalers is currently tied at 1. So that means this week will be part season review and part playoff preview for the Springfield Falcons. So without further adieu here we go.
The Falcons were busy last week playing four games, going 3-1. They finished the year second in the Eastern Conference and the entire AHL. Starting off on Sunday the Falcons would play their home finale with the team handing out its team awards with Curtis McElhinney being named MVP and Nick Holden being the only two award winner. The whole list of award winners is here. As for the game, Andrew Joudrey would open the scoring when Blake Parlett would start the rush by getting the puck to Ryan Russell who’d chip the puck cross rink, with Joudrey snapping the puck past Jason Missiaen for his ninth of the season. The Whale would score two goals and Jonathan Audy-Marcessault would get in a fight (wait what?) to close out the first period. In the second period after Spencer Machacek would win a board battle getting the puck to Dalton Smith, who would bang away at the puck before it would come out to Michael Chaput who’d bury it for his 12th of the season. The Whale would score to go up 3-2. Late in the second period Audy-Marchessault would disrupt a Whale pass behind the net passing the puck to Matthew Ford for his eighth of the season to tie the game. In the final seconds the Falcons would create pressure down low where Machacek would get the puck out to David Savard who’d fire a slapshot that would bounce to Boone Jenner who’d collect the rebound for his first pro game winning goal. Allen York made 16 saves in the 4-3 win.
Continue reading Springfield Falcons Season Review/Playoff Preview
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