February 21-27 CBJ Prospects Week in review.
Well the NHL traded deadline has come and gone with the Blue Jackets making 2 trades but more on them later. The busiest of the CBJ prospects were the Springfield Falcons in 5 games the Falcons going 3-2 with David LeNeveu picking up all 3 wins and Gustaf Wesslaau taking both losses. OK by later i meant 1 whole sentence, the Falcons leading scorers last week were the just traded Tom Sestito and Springfield captain Ben Guite both had 2 goals and 3 assists. Trevor Smith had 4 points last week(1-3-4) to give him 12 in 14 games with the Falcons, 6 players had 3 points including another player the Jackets traded today, Dane Byers who’s already been traded once this season. Nikita Filatov and Tomas Kubalik each had 2 goals last week, Filatov now has 6 on the year while the 3 points gives Kubalik 40 points on the season which is 2nd among AHL rookies. Greg Moore is a player the Jackets got in the Sestito trade. I’m not gonna go into great detail on Moore because well… we’ve had him before, during the 09-10 season when he played in the last 4 games of the season. Moore was 7th on the Phantoms with 20 points in 57 games played(7-13-20) on the Falcons he’ll be tied for 11th in scoring with Kyle Wilson. Michael Ratchuk played in 1 of Fort Wayne’s 3 games last week picking up a assist before being recalled by the Falcons
Now to the NCAAthe Blue Jackets have prospects in 4 leagues well its 2 done and 2 to go. The CCHA and the ECAC concluded there regular seasons last week with the WCHA and Hockey East to finish up this week. In the CCHA the highest the Miami Redhawks could finish was 3rd so there sweep of Lake Superior St. was good to end the season on a strong note. On Friday the Hawks won 8-1 the crazy thing is that isnt even the team’s biggest win of the season that coming in a 9-1 win earlier this year. Trent Vogelhuber has his best night of his career picking up 3 assists to give him 10 on the year, while Will Weber had no points in the blowout. On Saturday it was a lot closer with Miami winning 4-1, Vogelhuber had no points while Weber tied his numbers from last season giving him a goal and 9 assists for the regular season. Weber was a +2 on the weekend while Vogelhuber was a +3 while playing on a line with the Nation’s leading scorer Andy Miele and the team’s 3rd leading scorer Reilly Smith, Miami is off until next week when it host a CCHA quarterfinal. With Notre Dame losing on Saturday night the Michigan Wolverines won the CCHA’s regular season title by 2 points. On Friday night both CBJ prospects went scoreless, then on Saturday night Matt Rust had his first multi point game since picking up 3 assists in The Big Chill in the Big House on January 11. Rust’s shorthanded goal was his first goal in 8 games giving him 5 on the year the lowest total of his career and was named 3rd star, Kevin Lynch had no points on Saturday. The Wolverines are also off until next week where they will host the lowest seed remaining. A disappointing season has almost come to an end for the Colgate Red Raiders, the Raiders tied the #3 Yale Bulldogs then lost to Brown. Thomas Larkin had a assist in the loss giving him 4 on the year, how bad was Colgate this year Larkin’s 9 points was second amongst defenseman. Larkin and Colgate travels to Troy, NY to take on fellow CBJ prospect Allen York in a ECAC quarterfinal. Cornell faced the same teams as Colgate and didnt do much better, on Friday it lost in overtime to Brown then lost on Saturday to Yale. Sean Collins scored his 7th goal and 3rd on the power play in the 3rd period to tie the game, the overtime lasted only 30 seconds with the Big Red losing 3-2. On Saturday night Collins had no points in the loss, Cornell finished 4th in the ECAC earning it a first round bye. RPI stumbled to the finish losing or tying 4 of its last 5, Allen York was in net for both games last weekend. York made a season high 40 saves in the team’s loss to Princeton on Friday and stopped 25 of 27 in Saturday’s tie. York stopped 65 of 71 shots on the weekend and had a 2.94 GAA, he finished the regular season with a record of 17-8-3. York and the Engineers finished 5th in the ECAC and will host the 12th seed Colgate this weekend.
Cam Atkinson had 3 assists in the Eagles 4-3 win over UMass and was named 2nd star then on Saturday he was held scoreless for only the 7th time in 32 games this season. The 3 point game was Atkinson’s 5th of the season and gives him 24 goals and 19 assists on the year. The sweep sets up a good one next week, the Eagles trail New Hampshire by a point for first place in Hockey East. The Wildcats are who the Eagles play next week in a home and home. Same story as last week for Martin Ouelette didn’t play any while Dan Sullivan put on a clinic that included his 3rd straight shutout and setting a new school record beating the old one set by current Detroit Red Wings keeper Jimmy Howard, the streak ended at 202:49. Jake Hansen was another Blue Jackets prospect to pick up his first career 3 point game. While Hansen went scoreless on Friday, he erupted on Saturday with 2 goals and a assist and was named 1st star on Saturday in the Gopher’s 5-2 win over WCHA bottom feeder Michigan Tech. Hansen needs only a point to become the Jackets 2nd college prospect with 20 points. Same old weekly story for Drew Olsen he was held….wait HE DID WHAT!!!!!???? Drew Olsen scored his first career goal in the Bulldogs loss to Colorado College on Friday. Then it was back to normal on Saturday being held scoreless, he was a +2 on the weekend.
Onto the team’s prospects in junior, Dalton Smith had a 3 game point streak and has points in 5 of the team’s last 7 picking up 3 assists last week with the points coming in Ottawa’s 3 losses. Ottawa went 1-3 last week with Smith being a +2, the team’s win came in a match up of the Blue Jacket’s OHL prospects against Saginaw. As for the Spirit they lost all 3 games last week with both prospects picking up a assist. Dalton Prout picked up his 8th point with the Spirit giving him 29 on the year. He continues to lead all Jackets defenseman(pro and prospect) in scoring. Brandon Archibald earned his first point since January 17th against Plymouth, Archibald’s assist was his 20th of the year making that all 3 of the team’s CHL defenseman prospect has 20 assists. Petr Straka returned to the Oceanic’s lineup for the first time this month and did what all skill players do… he got in a fight,his first of the year. Straka had no points with 7 penalty minutes and was a -1 last week as the team went 1-1.
Mathieu Corbeil went 1-1 last week, yes you read that right the Sea Dogs lost a game for the first time in 15 games they lost. It was only the team’s 6th regulation loss of the season and first since December 30th, 2010. Corbeil made 22 saves earlier in the week against his old team in Halifax but then lost to Victoriaville stopping 23 out of 25. Now losing after winning 15 straight is rough but a blogger who handles the Dogs said they’d been coasting so it was a good wake up call for the team. Corbeil has won 8 of his 10 starts with Saint John and finished last week with a .937 save percentage and a 1.51 GAA. Another big week for Ryan Johansen in 4 games last week he scored 4 goals and 2 assists. The 6 points last week let Johansen set a new high in points with 72 points, he was selected as a game star in 3 of the 4 games incuding the team’s 2-0 loss to Everett in which Johansen was a -2.
Now for next week it’ll be the first week in review to include the the team’s newest prospect Michael Chaput of the Lewiston MAINEiacs a third round pick of the Flyers acquird today for Tom Sestito. Along with a recap of the ECAC 1st round playoffs and the season finales for the rest of the team’s NCAA prospects. Follow @CBJProspects for the latest updates on all the team’s prospect and im gonna try my hand at a series preview for Colgate and RPI.