Mike Reilly

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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November 24-30 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on December 01, 2014
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Greetings all and happy holidays! Starting off in Springfield as we usual we do those Falcons just keep rolling along. Beginning last Wednesday in Lehigh Valley, it was an all-AHL contract goal scoring party with Mike Hoeffel, Trent Vogelhuber, and Jamie Sifers scoring for the Falcons before Steven Delisle would put an end to Anton Forsberg’s shutout (no seriously). In the 3-2 victory Anton stopped 23 of 25.

Friday night it was off to Worchester for a game with the Sharks. Mathieu Gagnon opened the scoring before the Sharks scored two (with Anton Forsberg doing his Marc-Andre Fleury impression on the second). Marko Dano tied the game 37 seconds after the Sharks second goal when he gathered a loose puck and snapped a shot over the Sharks’ goalie’s shoulder to make it 2-2. Nathan Oystrick scored the game winner when TJ Tynan started a rush and then sent a pass to Oystrick for his first with the Falcons. Anton Forsberg stopped 33 of 35 in the Birds eighth straight win.

To close out the week, the baby birds welcomed Alexander Wennberg who was sent down from the Jackets. Another new face, the newly signed (by the Falcons) Corey Cowick opened the scoring before two thirds of the Jackets 2013 1st round (Wennberg and Dano) would get together to set up Dominic Monardo for his sixth of the season. Later in the period, Sean Collins scored his team leading ninth goal of the year. A minute later Monardo struck again to make it 4-0. Colin Miller spoiled Anton Forsberg’s shutout late in the second but the goaltender made 21 saves in the franchise record tying win. Here are postgame comments from Coach Jared Bednar, and Alexander Wennberg after the game.

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November 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 10, 2014
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Greetings all! Time again for the prospect week in review and we’re starting off in Springfield. Seems the Falcons had some extra goals lying around and decided to use them all. First up, the St John’s Ice Caps travelled down to the states for two with the Falcons. Starting off on Wednesday, Kerby Rychel opened the scoring when he picked up the rebound of a Dana Tyrell shot just 1:20 into the game. Five minutes later with the birds on the power play, off a faceoff the puck got to Thomas Larkin who fired a shot to make it 2-0. After a late first period goal by St John’s, the Falcons struck again when Ryan Craig scored his sixth of the season. Craig deposited the rebound of an Austin Madaisky point shot. After two more Caps goals, Lukas Sedlak scored his first of the season when he took a pass from Josh Anderson and knocked one home on the breakaway. In the third, Madaisky finished the scoring when he stepped into a Lukas Sedlak pass to make it 5-3 Falcons. Oscar Dansk made 16 saves in the win.

Friday night in the rematch it was more of the same as Sean Collins started things off by scored just 1:27 into the game. After a Caps goal late in the first, Tyrell skated in and stickhandled to make it 2-1. In the second Jerry D’Amigo fired a shot from the circle for his third of the season. 10 minutes later St John’s would score shorthanded before Tyrell struck again off a deflection. In the third period Trent Vogelhuber found Madaisky who fired a shot top corner making it 5-2. After two goals by St John’s, Sedlak scored an empty netter to make it 6-4 with Oscar Dansk making 32 saves in the win.

To close out the week it was off to Manchvegas for a game with the Monarchs. in the 2-1 loss, Sean Collins scored the Falcons’ only goal late in the third when he tipped a Larkin shot from the sideboard. Scott Munroe made 27 saves in the loss.

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Oct 27th-Nov 2nd CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on November 03, 2014
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Greetings again, all! It’s time for your weekly update on the future Jackets with this being our first update with everyone playing games that matter.

Starting off in Springfield as we usually do, the Falcons opened with a rescheduled game (a rare moved forward game) against Albany. 1:10 into the game the Captain Ryan Craig skated in on the side firing a shot to make it 1-0. Six minutes later Craig would strike again, but on the opposite side, when a Devils player had a shorthanded breakaway but could not control the puck. TJ Tynan was able to corral it and started a two on one with Craig finishing. Sadly, the Devils would score four straight to make it 4-2. Oscar Dansk made 13 saves in the loss.

Up next the Falcons faced the baby Bruins who, with ex-Falcons goalie Jeremy Smith, entered the game with a 153:08 shutout streak. After giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead Jerry D’Amigo scored his first of the season when he potted one from the right circle. Ryan Craig and Kerby Rychel got the assists. Scott Munroe made 16 saves in the 3-1 loss.

To close out the week it was off to Bridgeport for a game with the Sound Tigers. In the 4-3 victory, Dana Tyrell scored two goals in a game that saw Kerby Rychel earning his first multi -oint game as a pro. Corey Cowick and Jerry D’Amigo scored the Falcons other goals. Frederic St Denis and Thomas Larkin were the only other CBJ signed players to pick up points. In the 4-3 win, Dansk made 26 saves.

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October 20-26 CBJ Prospect Review

Posted by CBJProspects on October 27, 2014
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Greetings all! Ttime again for another week in review of the future Jackets. Let’s get the ugly out of the way first. The Falcons took on the baby Penguins and the Pens picked up a 5-0 win with Oscar Dansk getting the start, stopping 31 of 36 in the loss. Up next against Norfolk,the Falcons won the game 6-3 with several prospects having big nights. Kerby Rychel got the game going when he got into a fight with Nick Kerdiles. Kerby also earned an additional minor. Corey Cowick opened the scoring and Thomas Larkin earned his first point of the night. Brian Gibbons scored the team’s second goal and also assisted on Domenic Monardo‘s team leading fourth goal of the season. After Brandon Yip scored for the Admirals, Larkin scored his first goal since the 2012-13 season. Brad Winchester scored before Ryan Craig added to his great Falcons career with his 80th goal for the team. That puts him at fourth all time. Joseph Camarossa scored before Kerby Rychel notched his first pro goal on an empty netter with 29 seconds left. Scott Munroe made 18 saves in the win. Thomas Larkin’s three point night gave him a new career high in points in a season.

To close out the three in three weekend, the Falcons would again play the Syracuse Crunch (third time in seven games so far). In the 5-1 win, Austin Madaisky, TJ Tynan and Sean Collins scored their first of the season with Josh Anderson picking up his first pro point on an assist on Tynan’s goal (also Tynan’s first pro goal). Kerby Rychel scored his first pro goal where a goalie in the net. In the 5-1 win, Oscar Dansk stopped 36 of 37 making the game his first pro win and he received the first star honor for his efforts.

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CBJ Prospects Review (10/7-10/19)

Posted by CBJProspects on October 20, 2014
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Hello all! I’m trying to get back to our normal prospect updates on Mondays schedule, so as we do, let’s  start off in Springfield (or Syracuse as it was) as the Falcons first two games were on the road against the Crunch.

The Falcons had a light start to the season playing only one game then having to play a three-in-three the next week. Mike Hoeffel scored the first goal of the season when he potted the rebound of a Denny Urban point shot. Urban (who’s an ex-Ohio Junior Blue Jacket by the way) struck when he took a pass from Dana Tyrell and fired a shot from the dot making it 2-0. 1:29 later, ex-Jacket Michael Blunden made it 2-1. Ryan Craig closed out the scoring with an empty net goal to make it 3-1, Anton Forsberg made 21 saves in the win.

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2014 Top 20 CBJ Prospects

Posted by CBJProspects on August 11, 2014
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Greetings all after a bit of summer break I’m back with my take on the Jackets Top 20 prospects. First here are my last top 20 from January.

1. Alexander Wennberg
2. Kerby Rychel
3. Oscar Dansk
4. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
5. Marko Dano
6. Anton Forsberg
7. Cody Goloubef
8. Oliver Bjorkstrand
9. Mike Reilly
10. Michael Chaput
11. Daniel Zaar
12. Dillon Heatherington
13. Sean Collins
14. Josh Anderson
15. Lukas Sedlak
16. Peter Quenneville
17. Gianluca Curcuruto
18. Seth Ambroz
19. Markus Soberg
Incomplete Joonas Korpisalo

When we look at the list for this year, two prospects from this list have moved on with J_M being traded to Tampa Bay and Gianluca Curcuruto not being signed after an injury filled/down year in Plymouth. There has also been some normal movement due to last season’s performances. So let’s take a look at my list of the top 20:

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Quick Thoughts on CBJ 3-on-3 Prospect Tournament

Posted by CBJProspects on July 11, 2014
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I was able to make it down to the Blue Jackets development camp and just wanted to offer some quick thoughts on certain players based on the 3-on-3 Prospect Tournament as well as what I may remember from the one day I went to camp.

#41 Alexander Wennberg

Alexander, just pick a locker now. Number 10 jersey right? He looked like a man amongst boys out there – scoring multiple ways either sniping past the goalies or picking up the garbage.

#48 TJ Tynan

TJ did what he is known for at Notre Dame – showing off his superb passing skills and setting up multiple goals.

#52 Kerby Rychel

Kerby showed off that shot he’s known for in the scrimmage scoring just seconds into the first game.

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Why I think the CBJ should focus on Defense at the NHL Entry Draft

Posted by CBJProspects on June 13, 2014
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How do, all! As you know, I’ve been saying that the CBJ should focus on their defensive prospect depth in this year’s draft despite the fact that, from what I’ve gathered, the best player available in the first round will more than likely be a forward. As I pointed out in my preview, the CBJ have used 16 of their last 19 picks on forwards or goalies including six of last year’s seven picks (all six being forwards) with four of those picks being among the teams top prospects. But more importantly, I say this because of the organization’s overall lack of depth at the position.

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2014 CBJ Prospect Awards

Posted by CBJProspects on June 02, 2014
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Greeting all! Live from your phone or PC, the entertainment capital of your office, it’s time for my fourth annual edition of The Prospect Awards so put on your best tuxedo shirt and let’s get going. Continue reading…

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