Columbus Blue Jackets Prospects: Texier Finally Scores Again

MOSCOW, RUSSIA OCTOBER 23, 2017: SKA St Petersburgs Vladislav Gavrikov, Yevgeny Ketov, and Ilya Kovalchuk (L-R) celebrate winning their 2017/18 KHL Regular Season ice hockey match against CSKA Moscow at the CSKA Ice Palace with a 2-5 score. Yelena Rusko/TASS (Photo by Yelena RuskoTASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA OCTOBER 23, 2017: SKA St Petersburgs Vladislav Gavrikov, Yevgeny Ketov, and Ilya Kovalchuk (L-R) celebrate winning their 2017/18 KHL Regular Season ice hockey match against CSKA Moscow at the CSKA Ice Palace with a 2-5 score. Yelena Rusko/TASS (Photo by Yelena RuskoTASS via Getty Images) /
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Keeping up with the prospects for the Columbus Blue Jackets is tough. Follow along with their progress at the weekly update here at Union and Blue.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have very few prospects in North America, especially compared to other teams. A big chunk of their future players, including their top pick from this years draft, play overseas.

One of those is the Columbus Blue Jackets top pick from this years draft, Alexander Texier. He finally got back to scoring after going ten plus games without a goal. He now has four goals in 19 games for KalPa in Finnish Liiga.

Another 2017 draftee, Kale Howarth, is continuing dominating the British Columbia Hockey League. As he should. The 5th round draft pick is up to 24 points in 15 games for the Trail Smoke Eaters.

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Ohioan Carson Meyer had a solid weekend for the Miami Redhawks. As Miami swept the UConn Huskies (future team for the aforementioned Howarth) Meyer scored two points on the weekend. His goal and assist bring his scoring total to three points in six games.

In other news, defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov will play for the Russian National Team in the Karlaja Cup. The Tournament is a Euro Hockey tournament that will take place in Finland this season. Gavrikov is playing well for his KHL team SKA St. Petersberg and remains a bright spot in the Jackets defensive future.

Goalie Updates

The Columbus Blue Jackets have one of the best group of goalie prospects in the league. The 2014 draftee Elvis Merzlikins has shown significant improvement in his numbers from last season. Playing in Switzerland, Merzlinkins has seen his save percentage rise from .916 last season to .932 in 14 games thus far. His goals against average is also down half a point from last season.

The Jackets second pick from the 2017 draft was a goalie that is playing in Russia’s top junior league. Daniil Tarasov, who is from the same city as Sergei Bobrovsky, is off to a great start. He is posting a save percentage of .928 and has a goals against average of just 1.67.

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The youth movement is still strong for the Columbus Blue Jackets. At home with the Cleveland Monsters and abroad.