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 […]


Total BS Podcast Episode 20: Distracted by Knitting

Tuesday night, we started Season 2! Sam and Matt welcomed Barbara Blazer to the studio and Jordan Lochard via Skype! Hear them talk about ethanol, March Madness, outsider perspective, organic leadership, Carey Price, crescendos, Mad Men, bubble-ups, feet, response questions, percolation, tweaking, the faintest idea, the glut, Team Canada, cold takes, stress-free whatever, the Minnesota […]

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Matt’s Podcast Season in Review

When I first joined the Buckeye State Hockey team, the other guys were talking about a (future) podcast launch. I was interested, and eventually came to be a part of the podcast launch. I had no clue that would mean 19 episodes, a (moderately successful) 2 hour trial with a livestream, and (in total) 17+ […]


Total BS Podcast: Season 1 Credits

Credits The Total BS Podcast Season 1, 19 Episodes, 11/6/14-4/8/15 Founder, Host, and Executive Producer: Sam Blazer Co-Host and Producer/Engineer: Matt Souva Guest Booking: Sam Blazer & Matt Souva Primary Recording Studio: Digital Union, The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio Recording/Editing Software: Audacity by The Audacity Team Guest Telecom Software: Skype by Microsoft, Skype MP3 Recorder […]

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates his goal at 9:37 of the third period against Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Aftermath: 14-15′ Season Finale @ New York Islanders

In the last regular season game in Nassau Coliseum, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New York Islanders 5-4 in overtime. In front of a sellout crowd, the Blue Jackets were able to defeat a playoff bound team that was searching for home ice advantage in the first round. A lot was on the line […]

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 10:  Members of the Columbus Blue Jackets acknowledge the fans after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in the final home game of the season on April 10, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The Aftermath: (4/10/15) vs Buffalo Sabres

The Columbus Blue Jackets won in their 81st game of the 2014-15 season, the 41st and final match of the year at Nationwide Arena. They beat the last-placed Buffalo Sabres 4-2, a score that doesn’t tell just how dominant the Jackets were. Save for a few shifts here and there, this was all Columbus, and the […]

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 8:  David Savard #58, and Ryan Johansen #19, skate over to congratulate Boone Jenner #38 all of the Columbus Blue Jackets after scoring a goal during the first period of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 8, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The Aftermath: (4/8/15) vs Toronto Maple Leafs

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening by the score of 5-0. In a less than stellar showing for the Leafs, the Blue Jackets spanked the Leafs to extend their point streak to eleven games. Highlights: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly The Good: All Four Lines It is a […]

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The CBJ Tomorrow: The Backup Goalie

The CBJ Tomorrow is a look at what the Columbus Blue Jackets need to fix before the start of the 2015-16 season. We’ve already covered the problems on the fourth line. In recent games, the CBJ have gone without Boll and Tropp, a pleasant switch that has made a decent impact on forward efficacy. We […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates his third period goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2015 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Aftermath: (4/6/15) @ New York Rangers

Tonight in Madison Square Garden, the Columbus Blue Jackets fell to the New York Rangers in overtime by the score of 4-3. The game which had a playoff like atmosphere intensity at times and the Jackets saw their team give their best shot to one of the Eastern Conference’s best. 

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 27:  Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battles for a puck against Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on January 27, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Unpopular Opinion: Shut Down Ryan Murray

Murray has been skating again and may play out the last couple of games in the 2014-15 regular season. In a season that has been rendered essentially useless, I ask myself this question: why the hell risk him to possible further injury? Most people will argue that hockey is a contact sport that exposes players […]