Dec. 6-12 CBJ Prospect Week In Review
Hello all, time for another Columbus Blue Jackets prospect week in review. First up some old business one Blue Jackets prospect’s season could be over. Steven Delisle a rookie defenseman playing with Fort Wayne. Delisle has a shoulder subluxation which means it keeps popping in and out of its joint. He first injured his shoulder during the Traverse City rookie tournament suffered during a fight.
The Springfield Falcons went 1-2 this week with Matt Calvert and Nick Holden leading the way with 3 points, Calvert had a goal and an assist while Holden gathered 3 assists.
Onto the usigned prospects, Dalton Prout is still with the Barrie Colts as of this writing in 3 games this week the Colts lost all 3 games with Prout only playing in 1. In that game he picked up his second match penalty for allegedly kicking a player after a Peterborough goal. Brandon Archibald and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds also went 0-3 with Archibald picking up no points and being a -4. Dalton Smith and the 67′s were one of the few teams with a CBJ prospect that had a winning record going 2-0 with Smith scoring his 5th of the year. Petr Straka is hopefully heating up again since coming back from an injury the Czeech winger has 2 goals including the game winner on Saturday in which he was named first star. Mathieu Corbeil and the Halifax Mooseheads continued there rough season with Corbeil starting all three games going 0-3 with a .880 save percentage, two of the games were against division leaders. Austin Madaisky and the Blazers went 1-2 this week getting outscored 15-8 and the team was a combined -20, but Madaisky was only a -1(reaching a little for a positive but still). Madaisky continues to lead the Blazers defense in scoring and is 21st in the WHL. The Portland Winterhawks went 2-1 with Ryan Johansen scoring his 17th of the season before heading off to take part in Canada’s selection camp for the World Juniors Tournament. With 3 points this week Oliver Gabriel set a new career high in goals and points. On a quick note if Johansen and teamates Brad Ross and El Nino(i had to) Nino Niederreiter make there respective Junior teams Gabriel’s ice time should get a big boost with those two being the Hawks presumed top 2 left wings.
As I said last week college hockey is slowing to a holiday halt, with only 6 teams in action and only 3 of them being in a usual weekend series. One of the highlights of the weekend was a battle of CBJ prospects with Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth facing off. Jake Hansen and Minnesota took 3 of a possible 4 points from the #2 ranked Bulldogs with Hansen scoring his 4th goal of the season. Drew Olsen played in both games being a -1 with no points. After earning his first career shutout Martin Ouelette earned the start on Friday but lost in overtime to New Hampshire making 21 saves, Ouelette won Hockey East’s Rookie of the Week Award last week. Colgate continued to struggle as it lost in overtime to Niagra with Thomas Larkin scoring his 4th goal of the season, the 4 goals lead the Red Raiders defensemen. Allen York continued his strong play making 28 saves in a 4-1 win over Boston U. in which every goal the Engineers scored was either a power play or shorthanded goal. York is 8-4-3 and is 6th in the country in GAA and 5th in save percentage. The true highlight of the weekend had to be The Big Chill In The Big House as Michigan and Michigan State took on each other in front of 113,411 people. Matt Rust had 3 assists giving him 10 on the year and was named third star. Rust is closing in on 100 points for his collegiate career, Rust has 39 goals and 59 assists in his four years at Ann Arbor. One of Rust assists actually made one of the highlight shows on ESPN, meaning it was either really impressive or it was a slow sports day. I mean college hockey on ESPN someone probably got fired just for having more than a ”hey look at all these people” highlight. Kevin Lynch picked up no points in the 5-0 Michigan win.
For next week i’ll have the usual plus i’ll let you know how Ryan Johansen did at the Team Canada selection camp. Thanks for reading and if you ever have any questions i’m on twitter as @CBJProspects on which I post stories and game stats for all these players. Plus I help Eric Smith with the Prospect of the week on his podcast usually Wednesdays at 7.