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CBJ Prospects Report: April 26

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets
Playoffs are under way at all levels of hockey, including in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where three Blue Jackets prospects are competing for a chance to play in the Memorial Cup.

The Memorial Cup is four-team round robin tournament that matches the host team and the champions of the Canadian Hockey League’s three leagues: the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL).

Center Ryan Johansen has registered eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 12 playoff games to help his Portland Winterhawks reach the WHL Western Conference Final. Portland is currently tied 1-1 in the series with the Spokane Chiefs with Game 3 set for Wednesday night in Spokane.

Johansen, Columbus’ first pick, fourth overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, leads the Winterhawks in playoff goals and ranks second in points. He is fifth (tied) in goals and seventh (tied) in points in WHL playoff scoring (entering Tuesday’s games). Teammate Oliver Gabriel, signed by the Blue Jackets last fall, suffered a shoulder injury in January and missed the remainder of the season and playoffs.

Center Michael Chaput has tallied 7-13-20 in 13 games to lead the eighth-seeded Lewiston MAINEiacs into the QMJHL semifinals. Lewiston currently trails the top-seeded Saint John Sea Dogs 2-0 in a series that resumes Tuesday in Lewiston.

Chaput, acquired by the Blue Jackets with right wing Greg Moore this past February from Philadelphia in exchange for left wing Tom Sestito, was the Flyers’ first pick, 89th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft. He leads the MAINEiacs and ranks third in the QMJHL in playoff points. His 13 assists are second in the QMJHL, while his seven goals rank eighth (all stats and rankings entering Tuesday’s games).

Goaltender Mathieu Corbeil has gone 3-0-0 with a 0.46 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and one shutout in three playoff games for the Sea Dogs, opposing Chaput in the QMJHL semifinal series. He was the Blue Jackets’ fifth pick, 102nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft.

Other Blue Jackets prospects have competed and been eliminated from postseason play in recent weeks. Their stats and how their teams fared are listed below (listed alphabetically):

• Defenseman Brandon Archibald (Columbus’ fourth pick, 94th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft) was scoreless with eight penalty minutes in eight playoff games for the Saginaw Spirit, which lost in six games to the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL Western Conference semifinals.

• Right wing Cam Atkinson (Columbus’ eighth pick, 157th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft) notched 31-21-52 in 39 games during his junior season at Boston College, helping the Eagles win the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships. Boston College qualified for the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the first round to Colorado College. After finishing second in the nation in goals, Atkinson was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award, which is given annually to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player. He signed an entry level contract with the Blue Jackets at the conclusion of his collegiate season and had 3-2-5 in five games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

• Center Sean Collins (Columbus’ ninth pick, 187th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft) collected 7-8-15 in 34 games during his junior season at Cornell University and helped the Big Red advance to the ECAC championship game.

• Forward Jake Hansen (Columbus’ fourth pick, 68th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft) set career highs in goals, assists and points with 11-9-20 in 35 regular season games during his junior season with the Golden Gophers. He ranked fourth on the team in goals.

• Defenseman Thomas Larkin (Columbus’ fourth pick, 137th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft) notched 5-6-11 in 41 games during his sophomore season at Colgate University. He helped the Raiders achieve upset wins over R.P.I. and top-seeded Union to reach the ECAC semifinals before falling to eventual champion Yale. He helped Italy win the gold medal at the IIHF Division IA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He had a goal and was +1 in four games at the tournament, which concluded Apr. 23.

• Center Kevin Lynch (Columbus’ second pick, 56th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft) scored 11-5-16 in 44 regular season games during his sophomore season for the University of Michigan. He helped the Wolverines reach the championship game of the NCAA Frozen Four, a game the team lost 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth. His 11 regular season goals were a career high and ranked fourth on the Wolverines.

• Defenseman Austin Madaisky (Columbus’ sixth pick, 124th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft) recorded 7-20-27 in 55 games for the Kamloops Blazers before suffering a season-ending neck injury in early February. Despite the injury, he ranked second among club defensemen in goals, assists and points.

• Defenseman Drew Olson (Columbus’ fourth pick, 118th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft) notched 1-3-4 in 34 regular season games during his sophomore campaign at Minnesota-Duluth, helping the Bulldogs win the National Championship.

• Goaltender Martin Ouellette (Columbus’ eighth pick, 184th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft) went 3-3-2 with a 3.18 goals-against average and .862 save percentage in nine regular season games during his freshman season at Maine. The Black Bears lost to Merrimack in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

• Defenseman Dalton Prout (Columbus’ seventh pick, 154th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft) collected 2-0-2 in 12 playoff games for the Saginaw Spirit, which lost in six games to the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL Western Conference semifinals.

• Center Matt Rust (Florida’s fourth pick, 101st overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft; acquired by Columbus from Florida in exchange for Mathieu Roy on Mar. 3, 2010) tallied 5-21-26 in 44 regular season games during his senior season with the University of Michigan. He helped the Wolverines reach the championship game of the NCAA Frozen Four, a game the team lost 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth. He ranked second among Wolverines in assists and was third in points.

• Left wing Dalton Smith (Columbus’ second pick, 34th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft) had 2-2-4 in four playoff games for the Ottawa 67’s. Ottawa was swept in four games by the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals. He ranked third (tied) in goals and fourth (tied) in points on the 67’s in playoff scoring.

• Right wing Petr Straka (Columbus third pick, 55th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft) registered 2-2-4 in five playoff games for the Rimouski Oceanic. Rimouski lost its QMJHL first round match-up 4-1 against the Gatineau Olympiques. He ranked second on the club in playoff goals (tied) and was fourth in points (tied).

• Right wing Trent Vogelhuber (Columbus’ seventh pick, 211th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft) picked up 7-14-21 in 39 regular season games during his junior year at Miami University, setting career highs in assists and points. He helped the RedHawks win the CCHA tournament championship and earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. Miami lost to New Hampshire in the first round.

• Defenseman Will Weber (Columbus’ third pick, 53rd overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft) recorded 1-10-11 in 33 regular season games during his junior year at Miami University, setting career highs in assists and points. He helped the RedHawks win the CCHA tournament championship and earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. Miami lost to New Hampshire in the first round.

• Goaltender Allen York (Columbus’ sixth pick, 158th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft) went 18-11-4 with a 2.17 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and two shutouts in 34 games during his junior season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I.). He was named Third Team All-ECAC after he finished the season ranked third in the league in wins and goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. The Engineers lost to Colgate in the first round of the ECAC tournament and fell to second-seeded North Dakota in first round of the NCAA tournament. He signed an entry level contract with the Blue Jackets at the conclusion of his collegiate season and went 3-1-0 with a 2.04 GAA, .926 SV% and one shutout in four games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

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