12/27-1/2 CBJ Prospects Week In Review.
After a holiday break all of the CBJ prospects were back in action last week. The Springfiels Falcons earning points in all 3 games losing 2 by shootout and then defeating the 1st place Manchester Monarchs. Trevor Frischmon led the team in scoring with a goal and a 2 assists while Matt Calvert picked to 2 assists to continue his hot start. Calvert is 5th in the AHL in rookie scoring(technically 3rd with the 2 players ahead of him in the NHL at the moment). After a rough start the Fort Wayne Komets could be turning things around the team is on a 6 game unbeaten streak going 4-0-2. Chris Francis picked up a goal and 2 assists in 4 games last week, Francis has 14 points on the season including 8 on the power play.
Other then the 2 players in the World Juniors the Blue Jacket’s busiest prospect was Austin Madaisky and the Kamloops Blazers. In 4 wins Madaisky was a +5 with 2 points. But the Blazers played 5 games last week and in that game the Kelowna Rockets decided to pick on Madaisky in the 7-1 loss Austin was a -4. Playing on a team with only 7 wins Dalton Prout has 19 points in 20 games imagine what he could if he is traded to a contender as has been rumored. In 3 games this week Prout picked up 5 points including a 2 goal game against fellow CBJ prospect Dalton Smith a game in which Smith was 2nd star and Smith was 3rd star. Speaking of Dalton Smith before being held without a point in Saturday’s loss to Owen Sound Dalton Smith was on a 4 game point streak. Smith seems to focusing on keeping the gloves onl ately the 67′s enforcer has gone 8 games without sitting in the box picking up 5 points in that span. Mathieu Corbeil played in 1 of the Mooseheads games making 20 saves. It’s been a rough go for the Portland Winterhawks since Ryan Johansen left to be with Team Canada for the WJC. The Hawks have gone 2-4 including going 0-3 last week. Oliver Gabriel scored his 10th goal of the season matching his career high. Brandon Archibald scored his 2nd of the year and added a assist as the Greyhounds went 2-1 with Archibald being a +4. 4 prospects got to dig themselves out of the snow and head to Florida to compete in the Florida Hockey Classic. Martin Ouelette didn’t play in the team’s opening round loss to Miami-OH but got to start against CBJ prospect Sean Collins and Cornell making 21 saves to in the consolation game. Ouelette also started in an exhibition the Black Bears had against the United States U-18 team making 22 saves. Back to Florida, an already rough season continued for the Cornell Big Red the team lost both games in overtime, Sean Collins had no points but was a +1. The Miami Redhawkss lost to unranked St. Cloud St in the tournament’s championship game. The 2 Jackets prospects on the team each had a assist in the team’s opening round win over Maine. Defenseman Will Weber missed the championship game with a wrist injury but according to the teams twitter when I asked he’ll be back for this weekends series with OSU. Trent Vogelhuber didnt have any points and was even . Now to Detroit where the annual Great Lakes Invitational or as its known one of the few times the home team at the Joe’s average age is under 100 (Red Wings insult-check) took place. The tournament featured Michigan, Michigan St., Michigan Tech and Colorado College. Michigan won its record 14th title defeating Tech and CC. Kevin Lynch was a +2 with no points while Matt Rust continued to push closer to 100 points(39-60-99) picking up an assist in the title game. Last week on twitter I asked who would hit 100 points first Rust or Cam Atkinson who when I asked had 52 goals and 44 assists for 96 points, that was after his 3 point performance against Colgate. Then in the title game against Mercyhurst Atkinson did something he’s only done 6 times this year, he didnt score a goal he did however pick up 2 assists giving him 26 points on the season good for 3rd in the nation. As a joke I asked Cam Atkinson on twitter to take it easy on Colgate defenseman Thomas Larkin which it appeared happened cause Larkin was even in the loss, then the Red Raiders suffered a overtime loss to Dartmouth. Larkin didnt play in the game but I cant find out why. Earlier this season I said Minnesota-Duluth Defenseman Drew Olsen was having a hard time getting into the lineup even resorting to playing as a forward once but that could change with Dylan Olsen one of the team’s top defenseman signing a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks while playing for Canada in the World Juniors. In the Bulldogs one game this week Olsen played on the top D pairing but was a -2 in a 5-0 loss to North Dakota in the opener of there new arena. Jake Hansen and Minnesota hosted the Mariucci Classic losing to Union in overtime with Hansen scoring no points. The next night Hansen had a part in both the Gopher’s goals as Minnesota tied Ferris State 2-2. Hansen scored a goal and an assist being named 1st star. Allen York went 2-0 this weekend as RPI swept Alabama-Huntsville with York stopping 34 of 36 shotss fired at him. York is 2nd in the country in GAA with a 1.74 and is top 10 in most categories.
Now to the 2 players playing for King(Prime Minister?) and Country. Ryan Johansen has been a Monster for Canada scoring 7 points in 4 games. Johansen’s best game was in the team’s 6-5 shootout loss to Sweden in which Johansen had 3 assists. Now in the World Juniors instead of the 3 stars we’re used to they do player of the game for each team a award Johansen won in the team’s 4-1 win over the Swiss in the Quarterfinals. Johansen is leading the Canadians in shots on goal and is in the top 5 in all statistical categories. Petr Straka is representing the Czeech Republic in Buffalo but isnt quite having the success or getting the headlines of Johansen. It’s been a rough tournament for the country that last year won the pro division’s World Championship going 1-3 in the round-robin. Straka despite having no points won the player of the game award in the Czech’s 7-2 loss to Canada(Johansen had 2 assists and was a +6 in the game). Straka is on a 3 game point streak 2 in the round robin and 1 in the regulation round, picking up his only 3 points of the tournament.
Sorry this went so much longer than the last few but if you read the first one of these you found out I can ramble on. The lone highlight of this week is Miami coming to town to take on the Buckeyes, Will Weber wears number 4 and Trent Vogelhuber wears number 13 the Redhawks.