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AHL Eastern Conference Final/OHL Final/Memorial Cup Recap

Posted by CBJProspects on May 28, 2013
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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.

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Springfield Falcons Season Review/Playoff Preview

Posted by CBJProspects on April 23, 2013
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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.

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April 7-13 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on April 15, 2013
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Another week in the world of Blue Jackets prospects with two prospects moving on to the Conference Final and another playing what probably was his final CHL game ever.

Starting off in Springfield as always, the Falcons went 2-1 last week with the team and some players picking up some hardware. Starting off on Sunday, the Falcons were off to Portland for a game against the Pirates. With the Falcons picking up a 4-2 victory along with some help from the Providence Bruins, Springfield was the first AHL team to clinch its division winning the F.G. (Teddy) Oke Trophy for the first time since 1997-98.

Jake Hansen opened the scoring with his second pro goal when he took an Alex Aleardi pass from behind the net and fired a slapshot past Mike Lee. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored his 20th goal of the season when he intercepted a clearing attempt and snapped a wrist shot by Lee. Blake Parlett scored his first as a Falcon to make it 3-1 when he fired in a Sean Collins rebound off the boards. Collins would make it 4-1 when he took a Matthew Ford feed for his 11th of the season. Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for his 28th win of the season. Continue reading…

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March 31st-April 6th CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on April 08, 2013
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Back again with the week in review with a minor change of format. I’m going to wait until the end of the playoff round to update the OHL prospects; otherwise, I’d only have stats for one game for two series this week, but ‘ll include how the series is with their stats. On with the show.

Starting off in Springfield as always. The Falcons could have clinched a playoff spot with a win over Albany but would fall 3-1 to the Devils. After allowing two first period goals, the Falcons’ Ryan Craig would strike for his 19th goal of the season when Nick Drazenovic sent a cross crease pass to Jonathan Audy-Marchessault. JAM’s shot would rebound to Craig who was at the doorstop. Allen York made 16 saves in the loss. Continue reading…

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March 17- March 23 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 25, 2013
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Greetings Jackets fans! Can you smell it in the air that the playoffs are here? In the CHL, all three leagues are getting started; plus the fun that is the NCAA tournament is getting underway next week. So let’s take a look at last week’s action.

Starting off in Springfield, a quick signing note: the Falcons added Alex Aleardi on an ATO after he completed his OHL career. Aleardi put up a career high 71 points (27-44-71 in 67GP) this season splitting it between Plymouth and Windsor. In his five year career, Alex picked up 227 points in 321 games.

The Falcons would bounce back after a rough week last week going 3-1 with the three newest Falcons picking up their first points with the team. On Sunday, the Falcons would fall to the Connecticut Whale 3-2 with Matthew Ford picking up his first goal with the Falcons when he backhand a Michael Chaput rebound for his fifth of the season. The Whale would score three times before Ryan Russell would score his eighth of the season when Ryan Craig would find him in front. Curtis McElhinney would make 15 saves in the loss.

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March 10-16 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 17, 2013
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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.

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March 3-9 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 11, 2013
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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…

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February 11-17 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 19, 2013
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Well folks there’s a new sheriff in town with the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen as the Blue Jackets GM. Let’s see how the kids performed that he inherited from Scott Howson (who I wish all the best to in his future endeavors).

Starting off in Springfield as usual, while the previous week was a light one due to the winter storm the past week, this week was busy as  the Falcons played four games with three being at home. Starting off on Tuesday, the Falcons travelled to Bridgeport to face the Sound Tigers. Ryan Johansen opened the scoring with his 16th of the season by scoring just 46 seconds into the first period. The goal came on the Falcons first shot as Johan skated into the zone and around a Tigers defenseman before snapping a shot over Kevin Poulin’s shoulder. The Sound Tigers would score the next three goals but the Falcons clawed back in scoring two minutes after the third Tiger goal. Nick Drazenovic took a Wade McLeod pass for his 16th of the season. Late in the third with Curtis McElhinney pulled, Tomas Kubalik would charge the net flipping it over Poulin’s shoulder to tie the game at three. The Falcons outshot the Tigers 13 to two in the third period. The Falcons ultimately lost the game 2:46 into the overtime when Matt Donovan’s point shot was tipped in by John Persson. McElhinney finished with 28 saves in the loss.

Friday night the Worchester Sharks came to town with the Falcons picking up a 3-1 victory. Ryan Craig opened the scoring when he deflected a Nick Holden point shot for his 15th of the season. Midway through the third period, Sean Collins feathered a pass off the cycle to a pinching Holden for his fifth of the year. Later in the third, Andrew Joudrey scored an empty net goal when he cleared it off the boards from the Falcons zone, with the puck sliding all the way into the Sharks net. From tweets/the game story it sounds like Joudrey and Ryan Russell put on a penalty killing clinic in this game as the Sharks went go 0/7 with the man advantage, including a 1:56 of five on three in the third. Allen York was solid making 22 saves in his sixth win of the season. Saturday night the Falcons would host the Portland Pirates making it a rare double with  NHL and AHL affiliates playing on the same day (the Pirates are the Coyotes affiliate so it was a double dose of Jackets-Coyotes). In the 3-1 Falcons loss it’d be a mostly non-CBJ with Ryan Johansen as the only Jackets signed player contributing. Johansen sent a pass to Ryan Craig in front of the crease who then sent a no look pass to a rushing Wade MacLeod who’d score his fourth of the season. Curtis McElhinney would make 35 saves in the loss.

Sunday, the Falcons hosted the Adirondack Phantoms with the Phantoms starting ex OSU goalie Cal Heeter. Ryan Craig opened the scoring with his 16th goal of the season just six minutes into the first period. The Phantoms would score five minutes later, then adding an early second period goal. But with 3:42 remaining in the second a scary moment occurred as Springfield forward Wade MacLeod was hit hard into the boards but while heading back to the bench, he collapsed and suffered what Springfield uberfan @Katyloveshockey described as a seizure. MacLeod was taken off on a backboard with David Savard helping the EMT’s. It was later announced that Wade was alert and responsive. The game was later postponed with the remainder of the game to be played at a later date. Here is the Falcons statement on the incident. After the game Brandon Manning, the Phantoms defenseman who hit Wade, was remorseful, sending out these tweets. Continue reading…

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January 27-February 3/AHL All Star Game Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 05, 2013
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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…

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January 21-26 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 28, 2013
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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…

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