Springfield Falcons Season Wrap

The Springfield Falcons affiliation with the Columbus Blue Jackets came to an end on Sunday, April 19, when the Portland Pirates stormed back to defeat the Worcester Sharks 5-4, passing the Falcons for the final play-off spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Springfield finished the season at 38-28-8-2, good for third in the Northeast Division, but unfortunately […]

WHL Final CBJ Prospect Recap

Well folks this is it for our prospect week in reviews for the 2015-16 season (chokes up) as the final baby Jacket was eliminated from his respective post-season this week. Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL-Lost Series 4-0) Series Stats 4GP 3-1-4 -2 0PIM Final Playoff stats 19GP 10-10-20 +5 4PIM Peter and the Wheat Kings […]

2015 Draft Discussion: Q&A with Mark Seidel

Hello all! I’m trying something a little different that was inspired by a post over at Leafs Hub. I got in touch with Mark Seidel who is the Chief Scout for North American Central Scouting (an independent scouting service since 1993) and has a vast history of experience including: Former NHL Scout; Minnesota Wild (NHL) […]

CBJ Prospect CHL Conference Finals Recap

Sorry for the delay folks, it’s been a busy week but we’re back with a look at where the Blue Jackets’ prospects are in the CHL playoffs. We started off the year keeping tabs on 16 prospects across the world, the Falcons (R.I.P. affiliation) and K Wings, and now we’re down to the final lone […]

Meet Your Monsters (The CBJ Perspective)

Hello, all! I was getting my offseason workload sorted out (the offseason is my busy season) and I thought “hey! why not introduce the CBJ and Monsters fan bases to each other along with giving some education on the respective teams to one another. This is the first post of a two part series that will info from the Monsters […]

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Evaluating Columbus dCorsi Impact

It can be difficult to fully evaluate a player using advanced stats, partially because there are so many variables to consider. One can be a Corsi Genius, yet only be playing six or seven minutes a night against fourth line competition with a massive swing of offensive zone face-offs. Due to this, it’s been very […]

CBJ CHL 2nd Round Playoff Recap

Four posts in two weeks? I’m a wild man. Hello all, we’re getting to the end of the line as only three of the four prospects are moving on to their conference finals. Peter Quenneville-Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL-Won Series 4-1) S eries Stats 5GP 3-3-6 +5 2PIM Playoff Stats 10GP 4-6-10 +2 4PIM Peter and […]

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 8:  Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to move the puck past Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period on April 8, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Thoughts on the CBJ Captaincy

I am doing what I said I wasn’t going to do: talk about the CBJ captaincy at great length. Oof. Yuck. The topic that never seems to go away is about to be breached for the first time on Buckeye State Hockey dot com. Let us break down the candidates, eh? Nick Foligno The front […]

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It’s Official: Lake Erie Monsters become Blue Jackets affiliate

In what has been described as a natural fit multiple times, the Lake Erie Monsters officially announced today that they will be the AHL affiliate to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Lake Erie Monsters currently play their games in Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The benefits of this partnership will be plentiful and […]

ST. CATHARINES, ON - NOVEMBER 8: Vince Dunn #4 of the Niagara IceDogs tries to escape the check of Jeff King #4 of the Sarnia Sting at the Meridian Center on November 8, 2014 in St. Catharines, Ontario. (Photo by Rick Denham/Getty Images)

OHL scouting notes, part two

Welcome back! We’re continuing to look at some of the assorted prospects I’ve viewed this year. SAULT STE MARIE GREYHOUNDS Blake Speers, a forward ranked 49th in North American skaters in the upcoming draft, is used mainly as a secondary offensive weapon on an absolutely stacked Greyhounds team. Speers is a very good offensive threat, […]

WINDSOR, ON - SEPTEMBER 26: Dylan Strome #19 of the Erie Otters battles out front against Patrick Sanvido #2 of the Windsor Spitfires on September 26, 2014 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

OHL scouting notes, Part One

During this hockey season, I’ve had the fortune of being accredited to cover OHL games in Mississauga, Oshawa, and Barrie. Viewing 13 of the 20 OHL teams at least once, I’ve been able to see a myriad of drafted and draft eligible prospects for both this year’s draft and 2016’s. Here are some thoughts, notes, […]

PETERBOROUGH, ON - FEBRUARY 20:  Jesse Graham #22 of the Saginaw Spirit is checked closely by Nick Ritchie #20 of the Peterborough Petes during an OHL game at the Memorial Centre on February 20, 2014 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The Petes defeated the Spirit 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

2014-15 Peterborough Petes Season in Review: Drafted Prospects

I spent quite a bit of time scouting the Peterborough Petes this season. I’ve watched close to every game whether on TV or live in the press box. Before I get into my notes, I would like to thank the Petes organization for allowing me this opportunity to watch games this year. I gathered quite […]

Final Falcons Recap

Hello all. It’s been a bit since we talked AHL hockey and there’s no real reason for the delay other than the recaps would be Falcons only and would be kinda short. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the final four regular season games of the Falcons/CBJ Affiliation. The Falcons opened this stretch of […]

Jackets to Select 8th in 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Well, the NHL Draft Lottery was last night and the Edmonton Oilers won the (Yosemite Sam style cursing)…I’m sorry lets start this over. Greetings all. The NHL Draft Lottery was last night and the Jackets stayed put meaning they’ll select eighth in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This will be the fourth time the Jackets will pick eighth […]