CBJ Prospects Week in Review/Season Overview (Part 1)
Greetings CBJ nation (maybe city-state but growing)! Anyways, my name is Jas Chaffin and I tweet about life and hockey under the name @en4cer45. But that’s not the account that got me this gig, I also run the account @cbjprospects where I post articles, game stats etc. about the future Blue Jackets. So every week i’ll be giving a week in review, and since this is the first one i’ll give a brief overview of the player’s season so far. Overall I keep track of 19 prospects playing in either the CHL’s 3 leagues or across the U.S. playing college hockey. I’ll also occasionally talk about the Blue Jacket’s AHL affiliate the Springfield Falcons and anyone who’s down with the CHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. The Blue Jackets have 8 prospects playing in the 3 leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League. Those 8 players are 4 forwards, 3 defensemen and a goalie
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE(stats as of 11/22/10)
D-Dalton Prout-Barrie Colts (4-17-1-0 5th in the Central Division)
Prout is 6 games into a 8 game suspension receiving a match penalty on November 5th. Had it not been for 5 rookie defensemen making there pro debut Prout might of been in Springfield instead of serving as captain of the Colts. Before last season in 171 OHL games Prout had 14 points, before exploding for 21 points in 63 games. Prout already has 12 points in only 11 games with 4 multi-point games. Prout is 20th in the OHL in defensmen scoring.
LW-Dalton Smith-Ottawa 67′s (16-9-0-0 1st in the East Division)
The 67′s went 2-1 last week with Smith scoring his 3rd goal of the season. Smith is off to a slow start with only 3 goals and 3 assists this season after scoring 21 goals and 23 assists last season. Smith as potential to be a power forward or enforcer for the Jackets, the 6’1″ 200 pound Smith has 56 penalty minutes in 23 games this season including being suspended because of a fight in Ottawa’s season opener.
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D-Brandon Archibald-Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (8-12-4-0 5th in the West Division)
The Hounds won a game in a shootout and in overtime last week with Archibald picking up a assist in each game. Archibald is on a 6 game assist streak in fact the only games Archibald didn’t get a assist was the team’s first game this month at Saginaw and a he missed last week because he took a “bad hit” the night before(his words not mine, I asked him on twitter @Archibald 9210). Brandon has a goal and 11 assists this season leading the team in defensemen scoring and is 26th in the league. Archibald is serving as a assistant captain this season for the Greyhounds.
QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
LW-Petr Straka-Rimouski Oceanic (14-13-0-0 3rd in the TELUS East Division)
Straka is out for a month with a broken thumb. Straka got off to the best start of any prospect picking up 13 points in his first 10 games of the season. Then Straka and the Oceanic went so cold I heard a live wooly mammoth was sighted at their rink losing 6 straight games to close out October which included Straka picking up no points.
G-Mathieu Corbeil-Halifax Mooseheads (9-16-0-1 5th in the Maritimes Division)
Corbeil is the number 1 goaltender for the Mooseheads. Had no starts this week watching back-up Anthony Terenzio go 2-1, but before you panic, the herd was playing a team that had lost 13 straight and the same team again before losing to Val D’Or. Corbeil has won 6 of Halifax’s 9. Now I’ve said this before CBJ fans if you look at Corbeil’s career numbers, dont throw out the bust label yet. Two reasons: 1. He’s 6’6″ and 2. the Mooseheads have been terrible the last two seasons, seems to have coincided with a certain blonde haired Czech leaving for a city in Ohio. The team is in such a state of distress the team’s owner relieved the coach of his duties and took over behind the bench.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
D-Austin Madaisky-Kamloops Blazers (11-11-0-1 5th in the B.C. Division)
Madaisky was a +3 last week even though the Blazers went 0-2 this week including a 6-4 loss to Ryan Johansen and the Portland Winterhawks. On a quick side note I don’t know what the deal is when Portland and Kamloops get together it’s going to be a good one the team has played two games so far this season, 24 goals have been scored and 158 penalty minutes have been handed out including 132 Saturday night. Back to Madaisky, he played in the Subway Super Series for Team WHL in a 7-6 shootout loss to team Russia when the series was played in Kamloops picking up no points and 2 penalty minutes. Madaisky leads the Blazers in defenseman scoring and is 16th in the league with 5 goals and 9 assists in 23 games played this year. Austin serves as a assistant captain at Blazers home games.
C-Ryan Johansen-Portland Winterhawks (20-4-0-1 1st in the U.S. Division)
Last week Johansen picked up a goal and a assist in 3 of the 4 Winterhawks games, he also participated in the Super Series when the game was in Prince George a 5-2 Team WHL loss. Johansen is 3rd on the Winterhawks in scoring behind the 2nd and 3rd best prospects in the WHL for next year’s NHL draft. STAT GEEK ALERT!! When Johansen scores it almost guarantees a Hawks win, the team is 13-1-0-1 when he gains a point, 9-0 when he scores a goal and 8-0 when he has a multi-point game. Portland seems to rotate its assistant captaincy with Johansen serving as one the last 6 games.
LW-Oliver Gabriel-Portland Winterhawks
Gabriel picked up 5 assists in Portland’s 4 games last week and is on a 5 game point streak earning a goal and 4 assists while serving as a assistant captain during that span. Gabriel set career highs last year while missing 30 games with a ruptured spleen, Gabriel is only 1 assist away from matching his career high from last year. Oliver is one of those stories you seem to only hear about in hockey player gets cut gains chip on his shoulder gets even more determined gains pro contract. Gabriel’s road to Columbus started with being invited to play in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament after leading the team in scoring earned an invite to the team’s main camp.
Continue on to Part 2: College Prospects