February 28-March 6 CBJ Prospect Week in Review
Time again for the prospect week in review, last week was a rough week for the Jacket’s prospects in Fort Wayne and Springfield as the teams went a combined 1-4-2 with the Komets picking up the only win. While he struggled to get in the lineup with the Falcons Michael Ratchuk is doing just fine in Fort Wayne. In 4 games last week Ratchuk picked up 3 assists including 2 in the the team’s lone win last week being named first star. Ratchuk in 12 games with the Komets has 9 assists including 4 on the power play and is a +2. The Spring field Falcons did pretty much the same thing the Blue Jackets did fighting to stay in a playoff race Springfield went 0-2-1 last week.(also AHL could you make your playoff matchups more confusing?) Leading the way was defenseman Brent Regner with 2 goals, the only other Falcons with multiple points were rookie Tomas Kubalik(1-1-2) and freshly recalled Kyle Wilson(0-2-2). Regner like Ratchuk had struggled to get in the Falcons lineup but has been a constant since January 15th playing the last 25 games picking up 11 points including a career high 5 game point streak snapped in last night’s loss. David LeNeveu played in 2 of the 3 games stopping 45 of 50 going 0-1-1 while Gustaf Wesslau got rocked in his only start stopping 15 of 21.
Now on to the team’s prospects playing in the Canadian Junior ranks starting with the newest Jacket’s prospect Michael Chaput, Chaput and the MAINEiacs embarked on a 3 game road trip while also being wooed by a city on Prince Edward Island to possibly move the team from Maine. Chaput scored his 23rd goal of the season as the team went 2-0-1 last week, Chaput was a +4 and won almost 60 percent of the faceoffs he took(48/81). Now earlier this week I asked on twitter if you wanted to hear about potential junior or college free agents the Jackets could sign, well all they have to do is look a few above Chaput on the numeric roster. There they will find the 5’8″ dynamo that is Etienne Brodeur, Brodeur leads the QMJHL with 49 goals after scoring a combined 28 the previous 2 seasons. Petr Straka had the lightest work week only playing 1 game picking up an assist and being a +2 in the team’s win. The Saginaw Spirit went 1-1 this week with both Blue Jackets prospects going scoreless, now Brandon Archibald continuedhis recent struggles being a -2 while Dalton Prout was a +4 on the weekend including a +3 in the team’s win. Dalton Smith went scoreless as Ottawa went 3-0 to build on it’s division lead, Smith was a -3 with 4 penalty minutes. Mathieu Corbeil continued his strong play with the Sea Dogs going 1-0 last week stopping 23 in an overtime win. Since losing after a 15 game winning streak the Dogs are at it again winning there last 3 by a score of 19 to 7. Corbeil is 9-1-1 with Saint John and should start 2 games next week barring any change in the rotation coach Gerard Gallant has used all year. I DEMAND A RECOUNT!!! Ryan Johansen’s teammate Nino Niederreiter won the WHL Player of the Week award but Johansen had just as many points as El Nino, sure The Johan scored 6 less goals but big deal. Yes folks you read that right Johansen in 4 games last week had 9 points(1-8-9) and was a +4. Johansen tied a career/season high with 4 assists on national television(it was on Fox Sports Northwest and I saw it, so national) helping linemate Brad Ross get a hat trick. His recent outburst has helped Johansen catch teammate Craig Cunningham for the team’s scoring lead, Johansen is on a 5 game scoring streak picking up 11 points in that span(2-9-11).
The WCHA and Hockey East concluded there regular seasons last week and Hockey East had the most drama as a battle for the conference crown took place. The Boston College Eagles and New Hampshire Wildcats battled it out with BC needing a sweep to claim the title and that’s exactly what they got. Blue Jackets top college prospect Cam Atkinson had 4 points including 3 goals to give him the regular season goal scoring title with 27. Top seed Boston College will host UMass in there first round series, the Eagles went 3-0 against the Minuemen this season with Cam Atkinson scoring 6 points with a goal and 5 assists.As for Maine freshman goalie Martin Ouelette I don’t know if he’ll get back into Maine’s crease anytime soon as fellow freshman Dan Sullivan has been almost unbeatable since taking over 6 games ago going 5-0-1 with 3 straight shutouts in that span. Maine will travel to Merrimack to take on the Warriors the Black Bears went 2-1 this year against them, Ouelette played in 1 game playing only the first period as he allowed 3 goals on 13 shots. Jake Hansen went scoreless this weekend as the Gophers went 1-0-1 this weekend, Hansen finished among the league leaders in power play goals. Hansen and Minnesota will host the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves in there first round series the teams split there season series with Hansen scoring a goal and a assist in the win. Drew Olson only played in 1 game of the Bulldogs series with Nebraska-Omaha scoring no points. Minnesota-Duluth host the St. Cloud St Huskies in its first round series, the Bulldogs went 0-1-1 against the Huskies this year with Drew Olson having no points in those games.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…sorry I’ll never sing again but c’mon folks it’s beginning to look a lot like the playoffs everywhere you(SMACK!) sorry. For the ECAC and CCHA they get to an early start with those leagues having there first rounds last week. The only Blue Jacket’s prospects that were in playoff action actually played against each other as Allen York and RPI faced off against Thomas Larkin and Colgate. This was the 5-12 matchup as the top 4 teams in the ECAC get 1st round byes, after living in the basement most of the season Colgate pulled up the upset ending the Engineers season. Thomas Larkin had a assist and was a +4 on the weekend giving him 10 points on the year. Allen York started all 3 games for RPI stopping 86 of 93 including making 37 saves in the double overtime game 3 loss. York finished the year 18-10-4 with a 2.05 GAA and a .926 save percentage with 2 shutouts. So congrats to the Colgate Red Raiders now go play the top team in the conference enjoy! Colgate travels to Schenectedy to play the number 1 seed UnionDutchmen who they went 0-2 against this season. The other matchup in the ECAC involving a CBJ prospect is the 4 seed Cornell hosting the 8 seed Quinnipiac, the Big Red went 2-0 against the Bobcats with Sean Collins scoring no points. Both teams with prospects in the CCHA didnt have to play last week as Michigan earned a bye by winning the conference title and the Redhawks finishing 3rd also earning a bye. Michigan will host Bowling Green who the Wolverines swept this season with both prospects scoring a goal in that series. The Redhawks welcome the Alaska Nanooks for there quarterfinal matchup the two teams split there season series with Will Weber picking up a assist in those games. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow @CBJprospects for up to date stats and info on all these prospects.