Greetings all! Time for the third annual CBJProspects Awards live from your PC/smartphone or wherever your reading this. So as I say every year put on your finest tuxedo t-shirt and let’s get going.
PROSPECT LEADING SCORER
Boone Jenner-Oshawa Generals(OHL)
56GP 45-37-82 +23 58PIM
TOP FORWARD PROSPECT
Boone Jenner-Oshawa Generals(Stats Above)
Boone wins this award with little to no competition. Let’s be honest, he likely wrapped the award up with his 15 goal November that gave him a new career high of 26 goals with three months left in the season. Boone would finish top three in the OHL in goals and would lead the league in first goals (goals that made it 1-0) with 10, and insurance goals with nine of them.
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The James Norris Memorial Trophy, given to the best defenseman, is one of the awards that I was really looking forward to. I thought there was a clear winner and a clear top three, but I had assumed it wouldn’t be as clear once the rest of the tUB team weighed in. Fortunately (or unfortunately if you like in-fighting and drama), we had a consensus winner, with only three other players recieving votes. I think this really highlights the strength of the Jackets now, as they have three players who could play on most teams top pairs, a couple solid rookies, and stud prospect Ryan Murray on the way. Should be very exciting moving foward. Without further ado, the winner of the Norris is….. Continue reading 2013 tUB Awards: The James Norris Memorial Trophy
Ah, Hockeysfuture.com – the hockey fans main resource for info on your team’s future stars along with it’s sister site of a place to kill brain cells/have a few laughs (HFBoards). Recently, they posted the Jackets top 20 prospects and, well, as the fanbase’s resident guru/geek (whichever you prefer) I went over the list and, much like The Hockey News list featured in my State of the Prospect Pool post, I’ve got some issues. Much like THN’s list, in my opinion it still feels like “hey what are you guys doing here?”, in addition to having a few rank order problems. It was pointed out to me that HF has criteria of what it qualifies as a prospect but since this is my post I’m gonna give my own take on HF’s and then post my list.
First things first lets look at theirs:
- D Ryan Murray
- F Cam Atkinson
- D Tim Erixon
- F Boone Jenner
- G Oscar Dansk
- D David Savard
- F Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
- D Cody Goloubef
- D Dalton Prout
- D Austin Madaisky
- G Joonas Korpisalo
- D Mike Reilly
- F T.J. Tynan
- G Allen York
- F Lukas Sedlak
- F Michael Chaput
- F Daniel Zaar
- F Seth Ambroz
- D Will Weber
- F Spencer Machacek Continue reading My Take on HockeysFuture.com Top 20 CBJ prospect list
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
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
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
Hey look, hockey is coming. With training camp starting this weekend, and actual real NHL hockey starting later this month, I figured it might be time to finally post my goal predictions for the 2012-13 season. So for this post, I did an obscene amount of research, spent an insane amount of time crunching numbers, and poured over data from many years relating to every player on this team. The problem is that all this time was spent back in September. So the numbers sat, and sat, and sat, and sat, and sat, until now when there really isn’t a 2012-13 season anymore, and goal projections for an 82 game season make no sense. Nor does a lot of the logic behind how I came to those conclusions. Sigh.
Continue reading 2012-13 Blue Jackets Goal Predictions
Last night, I attended the Town Hall meeting with John Davidson and Todd Richards. Aside from the pomp and circumstance of parading out the new scoreboards (which are amazing as everyone says) and introducing the sales reps, it was down to business.
I think the biggest take away from last evening was that JD is basically asking us to buy in to a new way of building this team – and he’s got the resume to prove he can do it. It’s very clear that JD has a plan and a tagline to go with it: “One Brick at a Time”. The analogy was drawn that bricks are used to lay a foundation – and, if that is done properly, you’ve built something that will last. Last night was hearing more about exactly what that means: this is a process to get the Blue Jackets to a place of sustained greatness and it’s going to take work. Continue reading A Night with the Brick Layer
We’re back again after the holiday weekend with the latest on CBJ prospects, and as I suspect many of you know, not all of it is good news this week. The biggest piece of bad news is the loss of Ryan Murray, probably for the season. Murray will undergo surgery on his shoulder that will require him to miss the World Junior Championships, and likely the rest of the season.
It was a rough weekend in Springfield as the Falcons would go 0-2-1 last week losing both of their non-overtime games by only a goal. Starting off against Portland, the Birds finished off a four game road trip losing 6-5. The final tally came after the Falcons led 4-1 early in the second period before allowing four straight. John Moore and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault would open the scoring giving the Falcons a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. After allowing a Pirates goal just 28 seconds into the second, David Savard and Cam Atkinson would score to make it 4-1 before it was all Pirates. Sean Collins would score his second of the season late in the second to make it 5-5. Oliver Ekman-Larsson would then score just 19 seconds into overtime to win it. Curtis McEllhinney would start the game stopping 18 of 23 before giving things over to Paul Dainton who would stop 13 of 14 and take the loss. Continue reading November 19-25 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Fresh from my BlueJackets.com debut it’s time for the week in review with a just a dash of bad news (sorry folks – can’t all be puppies and rainbows).
Starting off, the Falcons finally had to hit the road after being homebodies for most of the start to the season. Starting with a Wednesday game against the Baby Pens in Scranton, I mean Wilkes-Barre (what’s the difference?) the Falcons would lose 2-1 because of goalie (and Miami alum) Jeff Zatkoff and two goals by Beau Bennett. Bennett would snap Curtis McEllhinney‘s shutout streak at 169:06. Tomas Kubalik would score the Falcons only goal off a deflection, McElhinney would make 30 saves in the loss. The Falcons would move south to Norfolk for a back to back with the Admirals. In Friday’s 3-2 win, Cam Atkinson would score two in the win and Sean Collins also tally his first of the season. Collins would tie the game at one when he’d score on a shot from the right circle. Atkinson’s two goals would both be on special teams – first scoring on the power play when Nick Drazenovic would send a pass that Atkinson simply had to tap in. Atkinson’s second goal would be vintage Atkinson scoring on a shorthanded breakaway after intercepting a pass and snapping it over Frederick Andersen’s glove. Curtis McElhinney would make 36 saves in the win, his ninth of the season. In the rematch on Saturday, the Jacket’s top D prospects would put on a show scoring four of the team’s five goals. But it’d be “the Cooler” (I don’t think that’s his nickname but I needed to make a Roadhouse joke) as the two Daltons on the team would combine for Dalton Smith‘s second of the season, and first since opening night, when he’d score on a backhand past Igor Bobkov. John Moore would score his second of the season when he pinched in and fired a wrist shot past Bobkov. Tim Erixon would be the trailer on a three on two after taking a pass from Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and would fire a wrist shot over Bobkov’s glove for his fourth of the season. Nick Holden and David Savard would score their firsts of the season: Holden’s would be off a nasty wrist shot from the right circle just over Bobkov’s shoulder. Paul Dainton would get his second start of the season making 33 saves in the 5-2 win. Continue reading Nov 12-18 CBJ Prospect Week in Review