Falcons and Prospects Thoughts 11-7-12

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen (19) celebrates Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

The Bad news is that Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, JAM, no longer leads the Falcons in goals scored. The good news is that, and perhaps even better, the leader is Ryan Johansen. Ryan is in his 2nd pro season and appears to be rediscovering his scoring punch that was his ticket to the Blue Jackets 1st round pick in 2010. At 6’3, 221 lbs, he has the size to be the pro-typical NHL center. There was quite a bit written this  past summer as he put on some weight, but appeared to be moving faster. It’s still early, but he again has NHL written all over him.

Interestingly, JAM appears to remain a shooting machine with 38 SOG which is 2nd in the AHL. Last year JAM was a rookie and had 238 SOG for 9th in the AHL.  John Moore remains 2nd on the Falcons SOG with 33.

After my previous comment re a slow start, Michael Chaput, a first year pro seems to be getting in sync as he now has 2 goals, picking them up in the last 2 games, and an assist.

Cam Atkinson has not disappeared, he is simply not as big a fish in the smaller pond. Cam has 4 goals,tied for 2nd on the Falcons, and 29 SOG, 3rd on the squad.

Matt Calvert has quietly put up 6 assists, and David Sevard 5.

Something to think about- lockout ending……

Springfield would loose some of it’s best players. But so will other AHL teams. So the competition level will not change, even though the overall skill level will drop a bit. And the League’s general team’s strengths will shuffle. There are 5 players at Evensville [4 under Blue Jacket contract]  that could come back to Springfield. Also Springfield has 4 goal tenders under contract.

There will be some trickle down to the Juniors as the Jackets have 2 prospects that will certainly get consideration in Ryan Murray and Boone Jenner.

Speaking of Boone Jenner, He is staying hot with 3 goals and 3 assists in the three games last week. Ranking him 2nd in points and goals in the OHL.

Ryan Murray Has 2 goals and 15 assists in 19 games. Everett has struggled a little this season with forwards being in short supply.

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