CBJ Prospect Review(2nd Round)
Hello all i’m back for the Blue Jacket’s prospect review. Now Fort Wayne forced a game 4 with last night’s dramatic comeback win but with the Canadian Hockey League’s next rounds starting tomorrow night i’d figure I better get typing. Now some of this stuff might have been in my last week in review but since i’m going over the whole round I may repeat myself.
Since I brought them up let’s start in Indiana, the Fort Wayne Komets are taking on the Rapid City Rush in the CHL’s second round. The Komets traveled to South Dakota for games 1 and 2 losing both. But last night made the series a little interesting trailing 4-1 Jackets prospect Michael Ratchuk scored a shorthanded goal to begin the comeback. The Komets scored 4 straight including Ratchuk’s goal to win the game 5-4(highlight video here-Ratchuk goal at about 2:30) in overtime. Jackets prospect Thomas Larkin is playing for Italy in the Division 1 World Championships. Larkin and Team Italy is 3-0 with Larkin scoring a shorthanded goal in Italy’s 6-0 win over South Korea and is a +2 in the tournament. Italy has one more game left and against host country Hungary(Hungary, Italy, South Korea yep only the powerhouses in this tournament) with both team’s being undefeated it becomes the gold medal game, the winner gets to move up to play in next year’s World Championships against the big boys like Canada and the US.
Starting in the Ontario Hockey League the only remaining team with CBJ prospects was the Saginaw Spirit, the Spirit ran into the back to back Memorial Cup Champions the Windsor Spitfires. After taking a 2-1 lead the Spirit lost games 4,5 and 6 each by at least 2 goals. Brandon Archibald missed the first 2 games recovering from a upper body injury suffered in round 1. Archibald had no points and was even in the 4 games he played with no penalty minutes. In 8 games Archibald had no points with 2 penalty minutes and was a -4 in the playoffs. In the regular season Archibald had 22 points but only 3 of those coming with the Spirit, Archibald’s role diminished in Saginaw going from being on the top pair in Sault Ste. Marie to being on the bottom 2 pairs in Saginaw. Dalton Prout had a goal in game 5 of the series that being his only point being a -2 with 6 penalty minutes,Prout was among the OHL playoff leaders in penalty minutes with 27. This was Prout’s last season in the OHL and was his best offensive season matching his previous high while with the bottom feeding Barrie Colts before being traded at the deadline, Prout finished with 31 points in 52 games with 99 penalty minutes and was a -3. Prout scored 66 points in 286 career games with 436 penalty minutes, Prout discovered the offensive part of his game the last 2 seasons scoring 52 of his career points and 16 of his 17 goals.
It’s thunderdome in the northeast as 2 prospects will enter 1 will leave in the QMJHL’s semifinals, as Michael Chaput and the Lewiston MAINEiacs take on Mathieu Corbeil and the Saint John Sea Dogs. Now unless a game get real out of hand I dont expect to see a lot of Corbeil as coach Gerard Gallant has been sticking with 20 year old Jacob DeSerres. Corbeil hasn’t played since game 4 of the first round when he pitched a 15 save shutout. Now Michael Chaput is a whole another story, Chaput’s last playoff appearance was a quick one as Lewiston was swept by eventual league champion Drummondville. In those playoffs he only had a assist this year he’s among the league leaders in playoff scoring with 18 points in 11 games, Chaput is 3rd in both goals(7) and assists(11). Chaput has had a multi-point game in every game he’s scored in including a 4 point game in game 5(if the game was in Lewiston he would’ve been the 1st star but since the game was in Montreal lets be homers), Chaput had 12 points in 6 games. Chaput still leads the Q in faceoff wins winning 101 of 178 in the second round and 163 in the playoffs. Chaput had a goal and a assist in 2 games against the Sea Dogs this year and the MAINEiacs handed the Dogs one of there only 7 regulation losses this season. This could be a interesting series as Lewiston had to defeat the number 2 seed Montreal Junior to advance to the semi finals, also before the league realigned in 2008 the teams had a pretty good rivalry. On a quick side note Ive brought him up before but hopefully the Blue Jackets are watching Chaput’s teammate Etienne Brodeur, the 5’8′ goal scoring dyanmo only has 3 in the post season but set a franchise record with 53 that led the league. Plus his game winning goal in game 5 with only 5 seconds left made announcer D.J. Abisalih scream like a girl(Video here in French from my twitter buddy’s blog Tedwilliamshead.com) The winner will play the winner of this series will play the winner of the Gatineau-Quebec Series in the league final.
In games 5 and 6 Ryan Johansen did something he hadn’t done since October go 2 games without scoring a point! But hey he scored 7 points in 3 games before that and 36 points in his last 19 games going back to the regular season. Johansen has 14 points in 10 playoff games and is in the top 10 in scoring plus being in the top 5 in goals(6-T5th) and assists(8-4th). Johansen and the Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets in 6 games to earn a spot in the WHL Western Conference Final and will play U.S. Division rival the Spokane Chiefs, in 9 games against the Chiefs this season Johansen had 6 goals and 7 assists including a 5 point game in a late season win. The only problem is that in those 9 games the Hawks won 4 of them including 4 straight before winning 2 of the last 3. The winner will play the winner of the Eastern Conference Final series between the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Kootenay Ice.
As always thank you for reading and always follow @CBJprospects to keep you up to date on all the prospects and speaking of twitter I found another prospect on there Michael Chaput is @Chap2six on there.