Week of Nov. 22 CBJ Prospect Week In Review
Greetings again CBJ fans I’m back again for the prospects week in review. Now unlike last week I have a few updates on the Blue Jackets prospects playing in the minors. The Springfield Falcons went 1-3 last week with defenseman Brent Regner picking up 4 points to lead the team in scoring this week. Tomas Kubalik scored 3 goals including a 2 goal game last night to give him 9 on the year. Meanwhile in Fort Wayne, the Komets went 3-0 this week. The Komets have 2 CBJ prospects, center Chris Francis and defenseman Steven Delisle. Francis has been on fire lately picking up 6 points in his last 4 games including 2 multi point games this week. Delisle is still looking for his first professional point.
Onto the team’s junior and college prospects, 4 of the team’s prospect didn’t play at all this week. College prospects Drew Olsen and Martin Ouelette teams were off. Petr Straka is still nursing his broken thumb. Dalton Smith didn’t play in either of the 67′s games this week but I can’t find any reason saying why. Dalton Prout returned from a suspension to play in last night’s shootout loss picking up no points. I will expect nothing less than 16 points from Brandon Archibald in December I say this because he had 2 points in September 4 in October and 8 in November. Archibald and the Greyhounds went 2-0 this week. Brandon had his first multi-point game earning 2 assists Friday night. After not playin last week Mathieu Corbeil got into both Mooseheads games this week making 10 saves in relief on Friday. Then Corbeil got rocked by ex CBJ coach Gerard Gallant and the Saint John Sea Dogs one of the top teams in the Q making 29 saves but coach Bobby Smith said none of the goals were easy. The Kamloops Blazers went 2-2 this week with Austin Madaisky earning a assist and being a -5. The Blazers earned a split with Spokane despite being outscored 13-5. The Portland Winterhawks went 1-1-0-2 there worst 4 game stretch of the season. Oliver Gabriel had 3 points this week all.earned in Tuesday’s win over Everett earning first star honors. Ryan Johansen had a goal and 2 assists giving him 13 goals and 15 assists on the year.
It was kind of a rough week for the team’s college prospects with only RPI pulling off a weekend sweep while playing in it’s own tournament. All rankings are from the November 22 USCHO.com poll. Cam Atkinson scored 2 goals in #7 BC’s loss to #18 Merrimack then scored again in the teams 6-0 From of Vermont. Who’d of known a match up of ECAC bottom feeders might be the best hockey seen in the Prudential Center so far this year. In a matchup of CBJ prospects Cornell forward Sean Collins scored the game winner and was named second star. In the 6-5 Colgate loss Thomas Larkin had a assist and was a +2. Larkin was held pointless in Colgate’s loss earlier in the week the Red Raiders went 0-7-1 in November. #5 Miami(OH) earned a split with #19 Western Michigan this weekend with both CBJ prospects being a -1 with Will Weber earning a assist Saturday night. Michigan went 0-1-1 this weekend competing in the College Hockey Showcase again #16 Wisconsin and #15 Minnesota with Matt Rust earning a assist. Just a heads up CBJ fans this week is a rare chance to see the team’s prospects as Matt Rust and Kevin Lynch will be in Columbus this weekend as the Wolverines take on the Buckeyes. #15 Minnesota also took part in the College Hockey Showcase earning a split with the state of Michigan. The Gophers lost on Friday to Michigan St then beating Michigan Sunday, Jackets prospect Jake Hansen had a assist in each game and has 4 points in his last 4 games. Allen York and RPI hosted it’s annual Holiday Tournament last week. York was given his first night of the season in the Engineer’s win over UConn on Friday. On an off note CBJ prospect Martin Ouelette was given his only start this season against the Huskies. York returned to the net Saturday making 24 saves against Bowling Green with the game winner being scored just 20 seconds into overtime.
There you have the week in review for the Blue Jackets prospects. Highlights for next week include Dalton Prout and the Barrie Colts taking on Brandon Archibald and the Greyhounds. Also the city of Boston will be cut in half as BC takes on Boston U in a home and home series.