Due to a road trip to Springfield and a busy week I’ll be recapping the past two weeks all together. For your reading pleasure, we’ve decided to break this into two halves – the first will be today – including our affiliate teams and European prospects and the North American update will run tomorrow. Let’s get to it!
Starting off on Friday night against Manchester, the Springfield Falcons rolled to a 3-1 lead but ultimately fell 4-3 in overtime breaking their six game win streak. The Monarchs took a 1-0 lead 9:05 into the first until late in the period Cody Bass sent a pass to a streaking Ryan Craig who scored before running into the Monarchs goalie. 25 seconds later, the Falcons would strike again when Frederic St Denis fired a shot that Jean Francois Berube would stop but the rebound would come out with Jonathan Marchessault (with some help from Tim Miller sitting on Berube) making it 2-1. Early in the second, the Falcons converted on a power play when Darryl Boyce and Sean Collins created havoc in front with a Monarchs player hand passing the puck to Boyce who passed the puck to Cody Goloubef who fired a blast to make it 3-1. After that it’d be all Monarchs. They scored three straight, including the tying goal, with just over five minutes left. The game winning goal came 1:19 into overtime. Jeremy Smith made 26 saves in the loss. Continue reading November 25-December 8 CBJ Prospect Week in Review-PART I
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
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 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
The Jackets were shellacked by the Dallas Stars 7-1 Monday night in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament earning a fourth place finish. I don’t want to go into the full-on gory details because this one was ugly.
The CBJ were in a 3-0 hole halfway into the period as a result of three absolute lasers from the Stars. The first goal came on a five on three; the second happened just a minute or so later. Taylor Peters would score later to make it 4-0. The Jackets would show a sign of life when Dalton Smith would take on (totally jump him off a faceoff) Stars’ mammoth first round pick Jamie Olesniak and earned himself a roughing minor.
The Jackets would actually have a much better second period outshooting Dallas 11-5 with the Jackets having 1:38 of a five on three power play. While on the man advantage, Oliver Bjorkstrand did find two or three prime chances at the side of the net. But the prospect team could not convert and the Jackets would allow Alex Chiasson to score making it 5-0.
In the third, two Dallas players broke sticks and caused another five on three and finally Matej Beran would tap in a rebound with Dakota Mermis and Justin Sefton also picking up their first points of the tournament. The Jackets would allow two more goals – both being unassisted and Jamie Olesniak’s goal coming off a rebound into an almost empty net (someone had to shoot it right?). Jordan DeKort made his tournament debut stopping 17 of 24 in the losing effort.
It was one of those games where no one stood out. You could tell Boone Jenner was not in a good mood as the game got out of hand and he started hitting anything in green. Dalton Smith had a rough night – or at least a night an anger management class wouldn’t approve of. He almost getting in a fight early, then finally did engage and also caused an offside call because he was hitting someone as the puck left the zone. On a bad note invite Dakota Mermis appeared to suffer a injury when he checked a Stars player near the bench going straight to the locker room not moving his arm at all. Boone Jenner would serve as the Blue Jackets captain with Ryan Murray and Michael Chaput serving as Alternates.
Continue reading Update from Traverse City: Jackets Finish Fourth in Tournament
The Blue Jackets prospects team lost 3-2 on Thursday to the defending Traverse City Prospect Tournament champions the Buffalo Sabres (are you still the defending champs if they skip a year?). The Jackets put themselves into a 2-0 hole quickly that they could not dig out of when, at 3:10 in, they were down 2-0 off goals by Nicholas Baptiste and Justin Bailey. To add to the frustration, Bailey’s goal occurred just after a penalty had expired.
The Jackets would get on the board late in the first when 2013 second round pick Dillon Heatherington would fire a blast from the point. Ultimately, however, penalties would kill the Jackets. The team gave the Sabres 1:12 of a five on three when 2013 first round pick Rasmus Ristolainen struck to make it 3-1. Midway through the second period with Buffalo on the power play, free agent invite Alex Aleardi would be off to the races on a breakaway going top shelf on goaltender Nathan Lieuwen. That’s how the game would end – even with the Jackets pulling goaltender Oscar Dansk. Dansk would make 19 saves in the loss. Tomorrow, the Jackets face the Carolina Hurricanes who defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 today at 3:30. Continue reading Update from Traverse City: Jackets fall in Tournament Opener
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
Now that we’ve finished up our CBJ take on all the NHL awards, it’s time to look at our prospects and give them some accolades. We’ll be posting all of our prospect awards next week, but n my previous Prospect Awards posts I’ve done a fight of the year and this year will be no different. Like last year, I’m asking for help from you fine folks – without further ado, here are the nominees – please leave your vote in the comments. Keep reading to see the nominees in action:
Continue reading CBJ Prospects Awards Fight/Best Hit of the Year Vote
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