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2013 State of the Blue Jackets Prospect Pool

Posted by CBJProspects on March 14, 2013
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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.

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Dec 26-31 CBJ Prospect Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 03, 2013
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Merry New Year Jackets! Time for the weekly review – even though I waited a day to get through the holiday. Without further ado, here we go.

Starting off in Springfield. As usual, after the holiday break the Falcons got back to it starting with a game against Albany and it was pretty much all Devils until the last two minutes of the game. With the Devils holding a 2-0 lead, Ryan Johansen would tap in the rebound of a Tim Erixon point shot for his 11th. The Devils would score two more times to make it 4-1 until the 18:00 mark of the third period. Matt Calvert would pick up his own rebound to make it 4-2. Just 90 seconds later Matt would help Cam Atkinson score his team leading 16th of the season when his blast would bang off the boards right to a crashing Atkinson to make it 4-3. Curtis McElhinney would make 25 saves in the loss.

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