NCAA CBJ Prospect October Review
Thomas Larkin, Colgate(ECAC) 2009 Draft 137th Overall
Thomas has helped the Raiders get off to a 4-2-1 record scoring two goals and two assists. Larkin is a 6’5″ defenseman that according to the Raiders play by play man also plays as a forward on the power play. Colgate started the year in Omaha to take part in the Mutual of Omaha Stampede, Colgate won the tournament to win its first tournament since 2007(according to Mark Dekanich on twitter). Larkin went scoreless and was a -1 on the weekend. The next weekend Colgate welcomed Miami and the Friday night game went about as expected with the Redhawks winning but then the Raiders shocked the 4/5 ranked team in the country in overtime with Larkin picking up a assist on the game’s first goal.(Game Highlights-I have no idea what the deal is with the goofy camera angle). Next week Colgate took on Army in the Cape Cod Classic which sounds like it was like if OSU played a game at one of the Chillers, Larkin picked up a assist in the 2-2 tie. Last week Colgate took part in a home and home against the Niagara Purple Eagles, Friday night was a wild one with Colgate winning 7-6 in overtime. Larkin scored his first of the season when he desposited a rebound right in front of the net. Saturday night the Raiders loss to the Eagles in a 2-1 loss with Larkin scoring the team’s only goal.
Sean Collins, Cornell(ECAC) 2008 Draft 187th Overall
Due to a Ivy League rule Cornell has only played a whopping 1 game of regular season game. In a 5-4 loss to Mercyhurst Collins opened the scoring with his first of the season and won 10 of the 18 faceoffs he took. Collins and the Big Red are now off for 4 straight on the road, quick thing about the ECAC unlike the rest of the NCAA that play both weekend games against the same team the ECAC has pairs that they play for the weekend. So it’s off to Yale and Brown next weekend and then off to (Thurston Howell III voice)Harvard and Dartmouth.
Martin Ouelette, Maine(Hockey East) 2010 Draft 184th Overall
Martin Ouelette was the Black Bears opening night starter against Merrimack surrendering 2 goals on 27 shots. The next game against Northeastern, Maine’s coach turned it over to fellow sophomore Dan Sullivan as has been the pattern this season a game that Sullivan won. In the series opener against #6 North Dakota Ouelette made 18 saves on 21 shots again taking a loss. Against Providence last week Ouelette finally got his first win of the season when he made 24 saves in a 5-4 overtime win. Maine is also 3-2-1 with Ouelette being 1-2 with a .881 save percentage and a 2.98 goals against average.
Trent Vogelhuber, Miami(CCHA) 2007 Draft 211th Overall
Will Weber, Miami(CCHA) 2007 Draft 53rd Overall
Miami started the year ranked 1/2 in the various polls but loss its season opener to Bemidji St. 5-3 Weber had a assist in that game, the loss was rough with both Trent and Will being a -3. The next night the Hawks bounced back with a 3-2 win over the Beavers with Vogelhuber picking up his first point of the season in the 3-2 win. As I said earlier the Redhawks traveled to the middle of New York to take on Colgate again earning a split with the Raiders losing in overtime on Saturday night. Neither off the CBJ prospects had a point against the Raiders. The next weekend Miami traveled to Big Rapids, Michigan to take on Ferris St. with the Bulldogs sweeping Miami. Trent Vogelhuber scored his first of the season on Friday with Trent poking in a loose puck off a Patrick Tiesling rebound. Saturday night got ugly as 3 Redhawks recieved game misconducts including Trent, with the Bulldogs sweep the Hawks were 0-2 in CCHA play for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Last weekend wasnt much better as Miami was swept by Lake Superior St. losing on Thursday in overtime. Trent picked up a assist in the Friday night loss as he helped freshman and Maple Leafs first round pick Tyler Bigg’s score his first career goal. Saturday night was another rough one for Will Weber as the senior captain was a -3 after working back up to even in the team’s other games.
Kevin Lynch, Michigan(CCHA) 2009 Draft 56th Overall
Kevin Lynch’s season is starting to look like he may be the latest member of the CBJ second round bust club. Michigan is 6-1-1 so far this season with Lynch playing in 6 of the teams 8 games. Kevin Lynch missed the Bentley series with what a writer I asked said was a back injury. Lynch scored his goal(starts at about 2:00 into the video) in the Wolverine’s tie/shootout win over Northern Michigan when he took a pass from leading scorer Lindsay Sparks. That and with the help of one of his teammates on twitter we learned what he went out as for halloween
Seth Ambroz, Minnesota(WCHA) 2011 Draft 128th Overall
Jake Hansen, Minnesota(WCHA) 2007 Draft 68th Overall
The Gophers basically did what OSU does for the first few weeks of the season by playing Sacred Heart of the Atlantic Hockey Conference(need a second to google if thats a real school/conference go ahead) in it’s opening weekend. The Gophers destroyed the Pioneers 15-0 on the weekend with the 2 Jackets prospects scoring a combined 3 goals and 5 assists. In the 9-0 win on Friday freshman Seth Ambroz scored the last 2 goals including one with only 49 seconds left. Senior Jake Hansen who was named a assistant captain for this season had a goal and a assist and was named second star. The next night Ambroz had no points but Hansen erupted to set a new career high in points and assists with 4. The next weekend the Gophers took on the defending National Champions the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and fellow Jackets prospect Drew Olson. On Friday night Jake added another assist in the 5-4 overtime win with Seth not getting any points in either game. On Saturday night this time in a 5-4 regulation Gophers win Hansen scored his second goal of the season when he scored the Gopher’s first goal of the game. In the Gopher’s series opener against Vermont the Jackets prospects decided to be helpful with the duo picking up 3 assists with Hansen picking up 2 and Ambroz picking up his first career assist. On Sunday the Gopher’s suffered it’s first loss of the season, in the loss Jake Hansen scored a beauty of a deflection when his linemate passed it to a driving Hansen who deflected it right over the Catamounts goalie shoulder. Last weekend when Minnesota traveled to Anchorage to play the SeaWolves, for the first time all season Hansen went scoreless ending his point streak at 6 games with Hansen picking up 11 points in that span(3-8-11).
Drew Olson, Minnesota-Duluth(WCHA) 2008 Draft 118th Overall
Last season when I’d do the week in review it was pretty much the same story every week for Drew Olson no points and maybe a penalty or 2. This season has been pretty much the same with Olson scoring a goal and no assists in 8 games so lets move on… wait he WHAT?! I kid as always, Oslon scored his goal in the matchup I mentioned earlier against the other Blue Jackets prospects in the WCHA. In the Firday night game Olson scored the second goal of his career when he pinched in and took a Caleb Herbert drop pass.
TJ Tynan, Notre Dame(CCHA) 2011 Draft 66th Overall
I think Notre Dame is the only school TJ Tynan could have gone to after taking one look at his profile picture on the team’s website(sorry TJ I had to). On to the real analysis, Tynan is currnently tied for second in the nation in scoring with 14 points in 7 games including leading the country in assists with 12. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson may want to call the New York Islanders because Tynan’s partner in crime is Islanders 2009 draft pick Anders Lee. Tynan assisted on 12 of Lee’s 24 goals last year and has assisted on 7 of his 10 already. Tynan started off the season facing off against Drew Olson and the Bulldogs and Olson had a goal and 3 assists in a split. The next week the Irish closed the doors on its home the Joyce Center hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes in the split Tynan again put on a show scoring a goal and 4 assists including a goal and 3 assists in the win in which he was named 3rd star. The next game was Notre Dame’s first game in its new rink the Compton Family Ice Arena, Tynan had 2 assists and was named second star in a win over RPI. Last weekend the Irish traveled to Bowling Green and Tynan added 3 more assists to his total in the sweep. Tynan was interviewed by NCAA guru(I dont know what the female equivalent is) Julie Robenhymer for the 3rd episode of her college hockey spotlight when her travels to her to South Bend.
There you have it folks how the Blue Jackets prospects who are in the NCAA, I may keep with the monthly updates on these guy because they play as many games in a month as the CHL kids do in 2 weeks. If you think I should go back to the weekly updates let me know. To be kept up to date on all the prospects you can follow me at @cbjprospects.