September-October 3 CBJ Prospect Review
Guess who’s back folks your friendly neighborhood prospect/stat geek @cbjprospects, time to start back up the Blue Jackets prospect week in review. Now instead of the usual week I decided to wait until now so that most of the prospects would have close to the same amount of games. So without further ado here we go.
Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals(OHL)-2011 Draft 2nd Round 37th Pick
Boone Jenner was named captain of the Generals before he head to Michigan with the Jackets rookies where he scored a goal and two assists. Jenner like most of the Jacket’s unsigned junior prospects made it into the split squad games against the Winnipeg Jets where he scored a goal. The next day Jenner was sent back to Oshawa where he picked up an assist in the season opener before missing the team’s next game with the dreaded “lower body injury”. Jenner came back hard first getting in a fight in his first game back then lighting up the Erie Otters for two goals and two assists earning first star honors and was a +5.
Dalton Smith, Ottawa 67′s(OHL)-2010 Draft 2nd Round 34th Pick
This will be a quick one because in what was supposed to be a bounce back year for Smith started a lot like last year. In the 67′s season opener he was suspended for getting into a fight after another had started also breaking Brock Beukeboom’s nose and taunting the Soo bench. This year in the season opener Smith was pushed into Belleville goalie Malcolm Subban but his elbow came up and hit Subban knocking his mask off and earning Smith a 10 game suspension, Smith wont be back until October 27th against Peterborough.
Brandon Archibald, Saginaw Spirit(OHL)-2010 Draft 4th Round 94th Pick
Brandon was probably one of the few junior kids happy to be sent back it meant he finally gets to play. Archibald only made it into one game in Traverse City then only got to travel with the big club to Winnipeg. Back in Saginaw Brandon has played in all five games where it looks like he is paired up with Stars first round pick Jamie Olesniak. Archibald has scored no points and got into a fight during the team’s game with Kitchener.
First a bit of a explanation is needed because all 4 of the Jacket’s prospects in the Q missed their team’s first four or five games because the league starts earlier than the OHL and WHL because of something to do with schooling in Quebec.
Lukas Sedlak, Chicoutimi Sagueneens(QMJHL)-2011 Draft 6th Round 157th Pick
Sedlak is following the same career path as Jacket’s prospect Tomas Kubalik coming over from Europe to play in the CHL. Sedlak is playing on one of the Sags(nickname and easier to say than Sagueneens) top two lines with 10-11 QMJHL Rookie of the Year Charles Hudon and 35 goal scorer Guillame Asselin. After missing the team’s first five games with the Jackets then being given one more game to rest, Sedlak made is Q debut scoring the team’s only goal in a 9-1 loss winning 14 of 22 faceoffs. In his second game Lukas got two-thirds of a Gordie Howe hat trick scoring his second goal in as many games then getting in his first career fight earnig third star honors in a shootout loss. To finish his strong start Sedlak picked up a assist to give him a point in his first three games and having his best night at the faceoff dot winning 20 out of 29. Sedlak went scoreless for the first time in his fourth game which was also the first time he was a minus.
Petr Straka, Rimouski Oceanic(QMJHL)-2010 Draft 2nd Round 55th Pick
Straka is another Jacket prospect hoping for a bounceback after missing time with two injuries last year. Last season Petr scored points in nine of his first 10 games last year before going ice cold either going scoreless or injured for the next 16 games. This year he got off to a decent start picking up points in three of his first four games. Straka’s first game was against the Sedlak-less Sags and after spotting them a 3-0 lead the game ended in a shootout with Straka picking up two assists and missing his attempt in the shootout while being named third star. Petr’s next game was against another potential teammate as the Cataractes and Michael Chaput came to town, Straka scored his first goal of the season in the loss. After going scoreless against the Moncton Wildcats, Straka was back on the statsheet scoring his second goal of the year in a 6-1 rout of the Drummondville Voltigeurs on a breakaway.
Mathieu Corbeil, Saint John Sea Dogs(QMJHL)-2010 Draft 4th Round 102nd Pick
Things were looking rough in Saint John, the defending Memorial Cup Champs started off 0-3 getting outscored 19-7 and missing as many as 13 regulars from last year. After winning its first game of the season Corbeil was returned from Columbus and Mathieu started the next five games winning four of them. But before being sent back Mathieu got to have a interesting night starting off in the pressbox for the Jets-Jackets game ending up on the bench backing up Paul Dainton after Mark Dekanich was injured. Corbeil’s first game back he stopped 32 of 36 then stopping four out of four in a shootout. Mathieu started the next night stopping 26 out of 28 but it was his next game against the freshly relocated Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and there flashy black and white color scheme. Corbeil stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced and was named 1st star. In his fourth start Corbeil stopped 22 of 24 to give the Sea Dogs there fifth straight win and Corbeil his fourth. Then Sunday happened in what was just a ugly game for everyone Corbeil made his fifth straight game and barely made it into the second period. Corbeil was pulled just a 1:42 in when he allowed three goals on 15 shots taking the loss.
Michael Chaput, Shawinigan Cataractes(QMJHL)-Trade with Philadelphia
Chaput is off to the best start of the Jackets prospects with seven points in six games including a three point game in his season debut in which he was a +3 winning 14 of 24 in the faceoff dot and was named second star. The next two games Chaput continued his dominance in the faceoff dot winning 12 out of 18 despite scoring no points against Drummondville but it was against Petr Straka and the Oceanic that he really showed off, Chaput picked up a assist and won 19 of 23 in the win. In his next game Chaput got another assist in a loss while winning 19 of 29, to close out his three game point streak Michael picked up two assists and was named third star winning 18 of 27. In his latest game Chaput had no points and won 16 of the 30 draws he took. I brought up his faceoff numbers in all his games because thats one of the things hes best at, right now Chaput is winning 65% of his draws and has won the seventh most draws in the Q. Chaput was acquired by the Cats in a dispersal draft after the Lewiston MAINEiacs folded after last year’s playoff run.
Austin Madaisky, Kamloops Blazers(WHL)-2010 Draft 4th Round 124th Pick
Austin is back in the Blazers lineup after missing the last two months of last season with a broken vertabrae. Despite going without a point and being a minus one Madaisky was named third star, I asked the Blazers play by play man why and he said that Madaisky “played alot…and played well”. In his next game against Vancouver Austin repeated what he did the last time the Giants and Blazers met during the preseason he scored two power play goals. The two goal game was the first of his WHL career, against Victoria Madiasky picked up a assist and was a plus for the first time this season.
Mike Reilly, Penticton Vees(BCHL)-2011 Draft 4th Round 98th Pick
Mike Reilly is the first Blue Jacket’s prospect to play in the BCHL which is a step below the Canadian Hockey League. Players play in it to keep there NCAA eligibility. Ryan Johansen played in Penticton when he thought he was going to go to Northeastern before heading to Portland to become a first round pick. Mike and his twin brothers, Connor and Ryan are off to Minnesota next year to join fellow Jackets prospect Seth Ambroz. Mike started off his BCHL career with assists in his first two games before scoring his first career goal in a 9-2 win over Prince George.(fast foward to 12:30 to see Mike’s goal, #5 if you watch the whole video). In the Vees next game a 9-1 win against the Trail Smoke Eaters(uh nice name???) Mike scored again(again fast forward to 4:30) to give him a four game point streak to start his career. Mike was the focus of a Hockey News Hot List from earlier this season.
Anton Forsberg, MODO(Sweden)-2011 Draft 7th Round 188th Pick
Anton Forsberg is proving to be a real challenge because if you can’t tell by reading my stuff and can definitely tell if you’ve met me I don’t speak Swedish. Forsberg is the backup goalie for the star factory that has produced stars Markus Naslund and Peter Forsberg(relation I have no idea sorry) but not many goalies. Forsberg has only started one game this season against HV71 and he got lit up for 6 goals now despite a paper calling him a flop a local blog(im guessing here it is translated) said he was MODO’s best player. Forsberg looked like a star in the making when he picked up two shutouts in the preseason. Ill do my best keeping track of the young Swede who’s team captain may look familiar to old school Jackets fans.
Now just a quick update on the Jacket’s college prospects that played there lone preseason game this weekend. Thomas Larkin and Colgate took on Carleton, the game ended in a 3-3 tie with Larkin scoring no points but was a +1. Quick side note Colgate instead of having the usual captain and a few assistants, Colgate will have tri captains with Larkin serving as one. OSU fans will love this Michigan lost to a school that just had tryouts in September and players have to secure a 250 dollar sponsor to play(thanks to @OSUKnucklebucks for that tidbit). Jacket prospect Kevin Lynch had no points and was a -2. Martin Ouelette played the second half of Maine’s 7-3 route of New Brunswick matching up against former Jacket Dan LaCosta(how he can play college after playing pro I dont know). Ouelette stopped 15 of 16 shots he faced. In a game I attended Miami defeated Windsor 4-1 in a penalty filled game, Will Weber is a co-captain with the Redhawks and will anchor there defense. Weber had a assist in the win while Trent Vogelhuber had no points but started the game. Minnesota took on U of BC and defeated the Thunderbirds 3-0 with Jake Hansen having a part in each goal scoring the first goal only 85 seconds in then assisting on the other two. Freshman Seth Ambroz had no points in the win but tied for the lead in shots. Drew Olson did his usual scoring no points but was even with two penalty minutes. The thing about these preseason games is they dress pretty much everyone including eight defensemen. T.J. Tynan had a assist as the number 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on Western Ontario earning a 4-0 win. Tynan was named to the CCHA’s Preseason First Team, Will Weber was named to the Second Team.
Ill be back next week with my normal week in review as always follow @cbjprospects for stat updates the day after games and whatever kind of stuff I can find. Also like I’ve said if you dont like the new format let me know.