Greeting Jackets fans! Fresh off my State of the Prospect Pool post from last week I’m back with the week in review.
As always we start off in Springfield. The Falcons would pick up two new players in separate deals this past week acquiring forwards Spencer Machacek and Matthew Ford. Machacek was acquired on Sunday from the Winnipeg Jets for Tomas Kubalik. This is a “change of scenery” trade for both players especially with Kubalik seemingly passed by other prospects (even though you have to note that only centers have been injured and Tomas plays wing). It later came out through a puck rakers blog that Tomas actually requested the trade and Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen honored that quickly. Here’s Hockeyprospectus’ Corey Pronman with his take on Spencer from his Winnipeg top 10 last summer: he was the Jets 8th best prospect. The birds would also make a deal with Philadelphia by acquiring Matthew Ford for future considerations meaning we got Matthew for…I have no idea. Some said it could be a draft pick, it could be a player, no one was really sure. Matthew is on twitter and you can follow him at @Frdy11. The Falcons would also add giant defenseman Thomas Larkin when he signed an ATO after Colgate was eliminated last week and Thomas finished his collegiate career.
Continue reading March 10-16 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
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
The fun part of hockey season (I mean if the NHL had started on time) has started as the AHL has begun it stretch drive and NCAA playoffs are getting under way just as the CHL will be wrapping up it’s regular season within the next two weeks. As for this week we had prospects have some big games and two having their season’s ended.
The stretch drive has begun in the AHL with the league beginning to post its daily playoff primer. The Falcons appear to be a lock with 19 games remaining but weeks like this one won’t help much. Starting off on Sunday, the Worchester Sharks came to town with some history occurring. With the Falcons already having six points on the weekend, Springfield would win 2-0 with Curtis McElhinney picking up his franchise record eighth shutout of the season. In the first period, the Falcons took a 1-0 lead when Sean Collins found Jonathan Audy-Marchessault whose shot deflected out to Ryan Russell who’d fire it past the Sharks goalie for his sixth of the season. Tomas Kubalik would make it 2-0 and seal the victory when Michael Chaput drove to the net firing a shot with Kubalik doing what he does best – being on the doorstep for his 14th of the season. McElhinney would make 30 saves in the win for his eighth shutout of the season tying Manny Legace’s franchise record in much fewer games. “McShutout” only took 36 where as Legace took 153. Friday night, the Falcons were off to Glen Falls New York for a game against the Phantoms. This marked the teams’ third meeting in a week but this time it’d be the Phantoms picking up a 4-1 victory. Andrew Joudrey would score his first power play goal in two seasons – going off the game recap it sounds a lot like Kubalik’s goal from Sunday when Michael Chaput would drive to the net taking a shot that would deflect out to Joudrey for his sixth of the season. Curtis McElhinney would make 32 saves in the loss. The Albany Devils would be the Falcons next opponent with the Devils using three third period goals to pick up the 4-1 victory. David Savard scored the Birds only goal when he’d take a one timer from Nick Holden for his fifth of the season. Paul Dainton returned to the Falcons lineup filling in for the injured Allen York making 18 saves. The leading scorers for the Falcons would be Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Michael Chaput each with two assists.
While the Falcons had no game on Sunday, they weren’t without news as the Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen made his first move as GM. He sent Falcons forward Tomas Kubalik to the Winnipeg Jets for St. Johns Icecap forward Spencer Machacek. I’ll have more on this move in next week’s recap. Continue reading March 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Greetings all! A small change is going to occur with these “week in review” posts – normally the content has covered the week starting on Monday ending on Sunday; starting this week that’s going to change. From now on, the week I’m updating will start on Sunday and end with Saturday’s games. If you’re wondering why the change it’s because we thought Monday mornings would be a good time to post and also this happened. So here we go.
Fans in Springfield got a rare treat this weekend with a hockey doubleheader as the Falcons played three games in two days last week. Friday night the Falcons would welcome the Adirondack Phantoms. The two teams first had to finish the February 17th game that was postponed due to Wade MacLeod’s seizure. Starting with 3:42 left in the second period with the Falcons trailing 2-1, the game would feature eight players that didn’t play on the 17th. Ryan Craig scored on the 17th and would then pick up an assist this weekend on Scott Howes‘ game tying goal. As Craig and Sean Collins were creating havoc in front, the loose puck came to Howes who knocked it home for his fourth of the season. The game would go to a shootout with OSU alum Cal Heeter and Allen York in net. Both goalies would be perfect until Jonathan Audy-Marchessault got to shoot and well there’s no way I can do this justice so just click the link and enjoy I’ll wait…you back? good. JAM’s goal would be the only goal Heeter would allow while Allen York on the other end would stop all five shooters to pick up a 3-2 shootout win (his seventh). Continue reading February 25-March 2 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Well it was a wild week in the land of Blue Jackets prospects so lets get going.
First we go to Springfield. Elton John must have been misquoted when he said Saturday night’s alright for fighting because when the Falcons and the Sound Tigers got together on Friday things got a little heated. First, the offense: Cody Goalubef um I mean Goloubef would score his third goal in as many games scoring a goal that was pretty much identical to his first NHL goal. Following the first point, the recently returned to the lineup Cody Bass would drive to the net and receive a pass from Nick Drazenovic for his first of the season. Ryan Russell would make it 3-0 Birds after a faceoff win when David Savard found Russell along the boards who fired a laser over Kevin Poulin’s shoulder for his fourth. In the third period, Andrew Joudrey would be granted a penalty shot when he was hauled down by both Sound Tigers defenders. Joudrey would be successful on the Falcons first penalty shot of the season, and Ryan Johansen would make it 5-0 Falcons when he JAM and…Tim Spencer (??? one of these things is not like the others) would have a three on one break with Johansen snapping a wrist shot over Poulin’s glove for his team leading 17th of the season. Kirill Kabanov would score his first pro goal and Jon Landry would score for the Sound Tigers to make the game a 5-2 Falcons win. Curtis McElhinney would make 20 saves in the victory. Continue reading February 18-24 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
There’s a lot going on in CBJ Prospect land. Not only are we seeing a lot of Springfield faces up in Columbus, but the AHL All-Star weekend recently concluded and many of our boys are in action. So let’s get to it.
We’ll start with a quick road trip to Providence, Rhode Island to begin our weekly review as three Springfield Falcons played in the AHL All-Star Game: forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, defenseman Tim Erixon and goaltender Curtis McElhinney headed to the Dunk (Providence’s Dunkin Donuts Center) after Saturday’s game in Connecticut. Sunday was the Skills Competition with JAM being the first Falcon to compete by taking part in the Fastest Skater event. JAM would go second and be the early leader with a lap of 14.136. Unfortunately, that lead would last all of about 13 seconds as the next two skaters Houston’s (MIN) Jason Zucker and Portland’s (PHX) Chris Summers would not only beat JAM’s lap but set the all time record in the event with Summers winning the event with his lap of 13.324. Audy-Machessault would help the East get the extra goal with the fastest team average. Continue reading January 27-February 3/AHL All Star Game Review
With a rare off day for everyone in the Blue Jackets organization, thought I’d do a full update on the all the Jackets prospects and their teams.
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE PROSPECTS:
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE (TOP 8 IN CONFERENCE MAKE PLAYOFFS)
G-Oscar Dansk-Erie Otters
Team Record 15-26-3-5 (10th in the Western Conference 5th in the Midwest Division)
Season Stats 30GP 8-15-2-3 3.72GAA .901Sv%
Currently out with a Concussion Continue reading Blue Jackets Prospects Stat Update
Greetings Blue Jackets nation a slight change of schedule this week as I’ll only be covering Monday-Saturday as Sunday is the AHL’s All Star Game Skills competition and I don’t want to split the All Star Game between two posts.
Starting off in Springfield as usual, the Falcons travelled to Albany to take on the Devils for the second time in four days with the Falcons riding a five game winning streak. In the first period, Ryan Craig interrupted a clearing attempt getting the puck to Cody Goloubef whose shot flared wide to Michael Chaput. Chaput would then shoot it and miss with Craig gathering it and getting it to Goloubef for his second of the season. Early in the second period, the Falcons would strike again when AHL All Star Tim Erixon sent an outlet pass finding Ryan Craig who sent a pass to the slot finding Michael Chaput who waited out Jeff Frazee for his sixth of the season. Not even a minute later, the Falcons allowed a shorthanded goal when Mike Sislo would take it the length of the rink for his second of the season. Scott Howes who is only signed to a AHL deal would make it 3-1 – scoring on a pretty wrap around late in the second period. 1:34 into the third period, Tomas Kubalik scored his 11th when he was the trailer on a two on one of Michael Chaput and Ryan Craig scoring on the second chance. Three minutes later the Devils would strike making it 4-2. Allen York would make 25 saves in the win – his fifth of the season. Also in goalie news, Curtis McEllhinney returned from his lower body injury dressing as York’s backup. Continue reading January 21-26 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Let’s get to it with a look at last week’s performance from all of our Blue Jacket’s prospects.
This was one of the Falcons busier weeks as the team played four games going 4-0 in one week for the first time since November11-17 2002. Starting off with a Tuesday matchup against Manchester. itwas a wild one with the teams combining for 12 goals and the Falcons having something they hadn’t had since February of 2011 – we’ll get to that. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault would score his 14th, 15th, and 16th goals of the season. With the Falcons trailing 1-0 in the first, JAM picked up his own rebound to tie it at one even though the announcer gave it to Sean Collins. Michael Chaput continued his strong play of late when he made it 2-1. Chaput found a loose puck and snapped it past Mannino for his fifth of the year. After another Monarchs goal, JAM would strike again snapping a wrist shot from the faceoff circle. the first period would end with the Falcons leading 3-2. The second period would be almost all Monarchs as they’d score two goals with Springfield signed Wade MacLeod scoring the Falcons only goal when he’d take a rink long pass from Cody Goloubef and made a nice move around a diving dman before shooting. The third period would be all Falcons with Michael Chaput and Tomas Kubalik combining on a goal just 43 seconds into the period for Kubalik’s ninth of the season. After Andy Andreoff would tie it at five, with the Falcons on the power play, a scramble in front resulted in Ryan Craig tapping the puck out to Nick Holden who tapped it over to JAM who unleashed a rocket over Mannino’s glove to finish the trick. Michael Chaput would finish the scoring with his second of the night, Allen York would make 22 saves in the 7-5 win. Continue reading January 14-20 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
We’ve got two weeks to cover so let’s skip the formalities and just get on to the review.
The Falcons have played five games since our last update going 3-1-1. Starting off against Bridgeport, the Falcons won 5-4 with Curtis McElhinney making 16 saves in the win. Michael Chaput would open the scoring when he took a pass from Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and snapped a wrist shot over Kevin Poulin’s shoulder for his third of the season. JAM would pick up another point by scoring his eighth of the season when Tim Erixon would fire a blast from the point and the puck would bounce right to Marchessault who had a wide open net on which to shoot. El Nino would strike just 28 seconds later to tie the game at two. Still in the first period, Michael Chaput would set Ryan Russell and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault on a two on one and Russell would take it the whole way snapping it over Poulin’s shoulder. Ryan Craig would score to make it 4-2 after a pretty passing play by Cam Atkinson and Tim Erixon where Craig would bang home a rebound. To close out the game with a 4-3 score, Nick Drazenovic would score on a bit of a knucklepuck shot for his 10th of the season. Continue reading January 1-13 CBJ Prospect Review