CBJ Prospects Week in Review/Season Overview (Part 2)
This is part 2 of CBJ Prospects Week in Review/Season Overview
Columbus has 11 players playing NCAA hockey there are 6 forwards, 3 defenseman and 2 goaltenders. 9 colleges have CBJ prospects and 7 of them are in the USCHO’s top 20 including No.1 ranked Minnesota-Duluth. If I mention any poll numbers those are as of the November 15 poll.
Cam Atkinson and #10 Boston College swept #3 Maine last weekend with Atkinson picking up 2 assists in Sunday’s series finale. Atkinson is the Blue Jacket’s top college prospect according to hockeysfuture.com. The 5’8″(not a typo he’s that small but FAST!) junior led the NCAA in goal scoring last season with 30 and was tied for 3rd in the country in points. Atkinson appears to have picked up right where he picked off with 12 points in 12 games only being held without a point three times this season.
Thomas Larkin and the Colgate Red Raiders are in the midst of a 6 game winless streak the last 5 being losses, Larkin picked up no points but was a +1 on the weekend. Thomas Larkin is a 6’5 sophomore defenseman who used to play forward and still carries the puck with the authority of a forward. The London, England born but who grew up in Italy,Larkin led the Raiders in Defenseman scoring last year with 3 goals and 16 assists.
Sean Collins and the Cornell Big Red lost both games this past weekend and Collins was a -3 on the weekend. Collins a junior is the Blue Jacket’s biggest forward prospect at 6’3″ has 3 assists on the year on a young team featuring 15 freshmen or sophomores. Collins set a career high last season with 10 points with 7 goals and 3 assists.
The #3 Maine Black Bears were swept by #10 Boston College last weekend but the only shots Blue Jackets goalie prospect Martin Ouelette saw were during warm-ups. The true freshman has only been given 1 start this season earning a tie with UConn giving up 3 goals in the Black Bears second game of the season.
The Blue Jackets have 2 prospects on one of the best teams in the nation the #6 Miami(OH) Redhawks a team that held the #1 ranking for the first few weeks of the season. In last weekend’s sweep of Bowling Green junior right wing Trent Vogelhuber had no points, a Dublin native Vogelhuber has 4 points on the year with 2 goals and 2 assists. Will Weber scored a goal and was a +1 last weekend, the bruising dman is one of the Jackets few shutdown defensman prospects earning Defensive Defenseman of the year last season. Weber has just returned from a severe neck laceration suffered on October 23 against Northern Michigan.
I have bad news to report CBJ fans the Jackets also have 2 prospects playing for…#9 Michigan, now put the torches and pitchforks down these 2 are good players. The duo combined for 6 points last weekend as the Wolverines swept Lake Superior State. If Eric Smith would of done his weekly podcast this week, Sophomore center Kevin Lynch would of been the prospect of the week. Lynch scored 3 goals and added a assist on the weekend earning back to back first star awards including a 2 goal game Saturday. Senior assistant captain Matt Rust picked up 2 assists on the weekend, Rust’s rights were traded to the Jackets at last years trade deadline from Florida. Why Florida traded him for Mathieu Roy I’ll never know, Rust a center is approaching on 100 points for his collegiate career with 39 goals and 54 assists.
#19 Minnesota Junior Jake Hansen scored 2 power play goals in the Gopher’s 6-4 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday in part of a weekend sweep. The 2 goal game was the first of Hansen’s career after scoring 31 goals in the USHL before college, he set a career high with 7 last season.
#1 Minnesota-Duluth Sophomore defenseman Drew Olsen is another Blue Jackets prospect struggling to find a spot in the line up. UMD’s coach has let 4 of his 10 defenseman dress every game while rotating between the other 6. Olsen didn’t play last weekend against Michigan Tech but got to play both games this weekend in the Bulldogs sweep of #15 Wisconsin both games requiring overtime. Olsen picked up his first point of the season an assist while being a +4 on Friday night.
The Blue Jacket’s top unsigned goalie prospect is #18 RPI junior Allen York, the Engineers were off last weekend. York has played in every game this year posting a 5-3-3 record with 1 shutout against Bentley(if you wanna google to see if that’s a real div. 1 school go ahead now….Back?) York is 7th in the nation in GAA with a 1.77 and 11th in save percentage of.931.
There you have it folks the week that was and a bit of a season recap of your future Jackets. Hopefully you enjoyed this and I get to do again next week, I won’t ramble as much if I do get to do it again.