Mike Reilly

Meet William Karlsson / Trade Deadline thoughts

Posted by CBJProspects on March 03, 2015
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welcome to a rare non week in review post. For the first time since the Nash deal, the Jackets added a prospect through a trade that I think you need to know about. Meet William “Wild Bill” Karlsson of Märsta, Sweden. Karlsson joins the Jackets along with a second round pick and Rene Bourque from the trade that sent a third round pick and James Wisniewski to Anaheim (yes, I put the draft picks first – would you expect anything less from me?).

Karlsson was Anaheim’s third pick in the 2011 entry draft, selected 53rd overall. In the final draft rankings William was the 21st rated European prospect. Hockey News Future Watch editor Brian Costello tweeted that William was going to be the Ducks third best prospect. It’s also worth noting the Ducks earned the second best organizational grade in the magazine.

William was a teammate of Jackets prospects (at the time) Alexander Wennberg and Oscar Dansk on Sweden’s 2013 silver medal winning team and he was a membe of Sweden’s gold medal team in 2012. In Sweden, while playing for HV71, he was named the 2013 Rookie of the Year and collected 28 points in 50 games backing it up with a 37 point season before joining Anaheim’s AHL affiliate Norfolk last season where he collected nine points in nine games to close out the regular season. William has played 18 games in the NHL this season and has scored 3 points (2-1-3) in 18 games along with the 21 points in 35 games he’s earned with Norfolk. Now, as I like to do, I asked for the opinion of people who have seen him play before. First, I turn things over to the editor in chief of hockeysverige.se, Mr. Uffe Bodin:

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February 16-March 1 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 03, 2015
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Hello all sorry for the delay on updates, here. Either wordpress or my computer decided to crash just as I was about to finish last week’s review and since it was Sunday afternoon I decided to combine all the content and do one of my two week updates.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons opened up against the Hartford Wolfpack. Early in the first, Sean Collins got the puck from a board battle and drove to the net to make it 1-0. The Pack scored next before Dominic Monardo got on the board late in the second. Oscar Lindberg got the Pack’s next two goals including the overtime winner. In the loss Oscar Dansk made 24 saves.

Next, the Portland Pirates came to town for the Falcons annual Pink in the Rink Night. Early in the second Michael Chaput picked up the garbage on a Luke Adam shot but just 11 seconds later the Pirates tied it up. Later in the second the Falcons struck when Corey Cowick scored off a backhand to give the Falcons a lead that would last for about seven minutes before the Pirates would score. The Pirates scored again midway through the third to earn a 3-2 win. In the loss Scott Munroe made 24 saves.

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February 9-15 Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 16, 2015
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Greetings all – time again for the week in review.

Starting off with the Falcons as we always do – the Birds opened the week in Manchester where the Falcons let the Monarchs roar out to a 3-0 lead before Dominic Monardo scored off a rebound 44 seconds after the Monarchs third goal. Late in the second, Mike Hoeffel scored to make it 4-2. Oscar Dansk made 25 saves in the loss.

Up next against Providence, the Falcons again fell behind early before Thomas Larkin tied it with a blast off a faceoff win. The game went to overtime, and a second overtime as well taking the play on ice to a three on three when Marko Dano drove to the net and Malcolm Subban stopped him, but Dana Tyrell picked up the rebound for the game winner. Scott Munroe stopped 14 of 15 in the victory.

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February 2-8 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 10, 2015
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Greetings again, all! Time for the CBJ prospect week in review. The European guys are off so we have an almost all North American update (we still have to cross the pond for some hardware to be handed out, though).

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, it was a busy week for the Falcons as they had four games this week. The week started off on Tuesday with a game a lot like the CBJ game that day against Phoenix (they lost 4-1) except the Falcons were shutout by a score of 4-0. Friday night, it was a home game against Albany. Sean Collins opened the scoring on a breakaway late in the first period. After a Devils goal in the first minute of the second, the Falcons took over. Two minutes later Adam Cracknell got the puck from a Devils player and drove to the net to make it 2-1. Early in the third on the power play, Michael Chaput banged the puck home for his fourth goal of the season off a passing sequence in which every Falcon touched the puck. Next up, Trent Vogelhuber got the puck from a scramble in the slot and skated the puck in for his seventh of the season that went into an empty making it 4-1. The win snapped a six game losing streak. Oscar Dansk made 29 saves for his sixth win of the season.

Quickly, in local news, Frederic St Denis didn’t play in the game leaving an alternate captain’s A available and it was put on the jersey of Dublin’s own Vogelhuber.

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January 19-February 1 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 02, 2015
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Greetings all – I’m back again and trying to get back on our regular schedule of Monday updates. We skipped last week with the All-Star festivities, so since we have two weeks to get through lets get on it (fair warning – it’s a long one).

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons had two more games before taking time off for the All Star Game. Friday night it was off to Hartford for a game with the Wolfpack. Michael Chaput opened the scoring off the rebound of a Frederic St Denis point shot to make it 1-0. The Pack tied it early in the second before Kerby Rychel fired a shot just above the circle to make it 2-1 with his 11th of the season. The third period went a lot like the second with the Pack scoring early before Kerby scored again. Kerby got his next goal off a deflection of a St Denis keep in/point shot. The Pack scored two goals in a 1:02 span to clinch the 4-3 victory with goon/my favorite target of ridicule Dylan McIlrath scoring the game winner. In the 4-3 loss Anton Forsberg made 24 saves.

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January 12-18 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 19, 2015
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Greetings all! I’m back after our latest top 20 prospect update for the week in review. We’ll start off on a rare light week in Springfield.

The Falcons were off to Albany for a game against the Devils. After a scoreless first, Kerby Rychel tipped a Frederic St Denis point shot to make it 1-0. The Devils tied it with just under a minute remaining before winning it in overtime. Anton Forsberg made 25 saves in the 2-1 loss. Closing the week off against Binghamton, the Falcons went through a rough one. After a scoreless first period, the Sens built a 3-0 lead before St Denis scored to make it 3-1. After a late Sens goal, Lukas Sedlak and Austin Madaisky scored to make it 4-3 but the Sens finished it by scoring two empty net goals. Forsberg would take the loss stopping 13 of 17 in the first two periods before handing things over to Oscar Dansk stopping all nine shots he faced. As for next week, the Falcons will play two games before taking time for the AHL All Star game.

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Top 20 CBJ Prospects

Posted by CBJProspects on January 16, 2015
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Hello all – time for our annual post WJC update to my top 20 prospect list. Starting off with a recap of our last top 20 list, here it is:

1. Alexander Wennberg
2. Kerby Rychel
3. Sonny Milano
4. Marko Dano
5a/5b. Anton Forsberg/Oscar Dansk
6. Oliver Bjorkstrand
7. Mike Reilly
8. Michael Chaput
9. Cody Goloubef
10. Daniel Zaar
11. Dillon Heatherington
12. Josh Anderson
13. Peter Quenneville
14. Markus Soberg
15. Ryan Collins
16. Julien Pelletier
17. Blake Siebenaler
18. Joonas Korpisalo
19. Elvis Merzlikins

Now, unlike last time where we had some subtractions today we only have additions to the list along with some normal movement in the list.

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January 5-11 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 11, 2015
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Greetings all! back to some semblance of normalcy with the week in review.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do. First some news on Monday – the AHL announced its All Star rosters with Falcons defenseman Austin Madaisky and goaltender Anton Forsberg being named to the roster. The AHL does it backwards (or smarter?) compared to the NHL. They announce their roster first then have fans vote on the starters – you can vote here to get Anton and Austin in the starting lineup.

As far as on the ice goings on – the boys started off in a game against rival Providence where they picked up a 2-1 win. The Baby Bears opened the scoring in the first before the Falcons scored twice in the second period. Marko Dano scored his eighth of the season with Michael Chaput and Frederic St Denis picking up assists. Four minutes later, Adam Cracknell scored his first with the Falcons with Luke Adam and Kerby Rychel picking up assists. Anton Forsberg made 29 saves in the win – his 17th win of the season.

Up next against Hartford, TJ Tynan opened the scoring off a pretty passing sequence with Trent Vogelhuber and Ryan Craig. After a Dylan McIlrath goal, (I’m as surprised as all of you) Rychel scored his eighth of the season when he deflected a St. Denis shot to make it 2-1. After the Pack tied it, Madaisky gave the Falcons the lead when he snapped a shot home to make it 3-2 but the Pack tied it with only 35 seconds remaining. The Falcons would end up falling in overtime when one time Jacket (Traverse City only, but still) Marek Hrivik scored 4:30 into overtime. Oscar Dansk made 32 saves in the loss.

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CBJ Prospect Week in Review/WJC Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on January 09, 2015
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Greetings all –  I decided to post this a little later than usual so we could get a full recap of the World Junior Championships.

Starting off in Springfield as always, the Falcons opened 2015 in Portland for a game against the Pirates and ex Jacket Mike McKenna. The first period would be all Pirates as they would take a 3-0 lead before Lukas Sedlak scored his first career shorthanded goal. Almost exactly 10 minutes later, Frederic St Denis scored his second goal of the season before the Pirates notched two more to make it 5-2. Dana Tyrell got a late third period power play goal, and Austin Madaisky picked up an assist on both power play goals. Anton Forsberg made 27 saves in the loss.

Up next was a game against Worcester. The Birds spotted the baby Sharks a 2-0 lead before Marko Dano scored his seventh of the year. In the second period Trent Vogelhuber gathered a loose puck skating and was stopped but Marko picked up the rebound to make it 2-1. After another Sharks goal, Jamie Sifers scored early in the third but it was  the little Irishman who would tie it. TJ Tynan skated in through three Sharks to start  a sequence he would finish when Luke Adam found Tynan in front. The game went to a shootout with Kerby Rychel scoring the only goal of the shootout – clinching the victory. Oscar Dansk made 24 saves plus three more in the shootout for his fifth win of the season.

To close out the weekend the Falcons welcomed the top team in the East – the Manchester Monarchs. Adam opened the scoring with his fourth since joining the Falcons when he  took a pass from Frederic St Denis. In the third period after a scramble, Lukas Sedlak passed the puck to Josh Anderson who shot and picked up his own rebound to tie the game. The pride of Dublin, Ohio Trent Vogelhuber scored the game winner deflecting or picking up the rebound(hard to tell) of a Jamie Sifers shot. Anton Forsberg made 28 saves in his 16th win of the season.  Here’s Coach Bednar and Josh Anderson’s postgame comments after the Manchester game.

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December 1-7 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 08, 2014
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Greetings, Jackets fans – it’s another week in the world of Jackets prospects. We’re closing in on the CHL’s holiday break and the World Juniors are coming quickly. Let’s start with an award. It was announced on Monday that Anton Forsberg was named the AHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November. After being sent back from Columbus, Anton went 8-0-0 with a 1.76 GAA and a .936 save percentage.

On to the Falcons’ games. Starting off on Friday night against Norfolk, early in the first Marko Dano scored his third of the season off a scramble in front. Seven minutes later with the Falcons on the power play, Austin Madaisky’s slap shot was stopped and TJ Tynan picked up the rebound to find Ryan Craig in front. He scored with the entire side of the net open. A minute twenty later, the Admirals scored to the period 2-1. Trent Vogelhuber scored the game winner very early in the second period  (for some reason they didn’t think it deserved to be in the highlights). In the 3-2  victory, Forsberg made 27 saves. The win also set a new franchise record as it was the Falcons 10th in a row. Here are head coach Jared Bednar’s and Anton Forsberg’s postgame comments.

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