First, transactions that have taken place between the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. The Jackets have reassigned goaltender Karl Goehring to Syracuse(from Dayton). Goehring, finished up his NCAA career last season, posting an 80-20-13 record in the NCAA ranks, setting a new record. Goehring replaces Gardner, who is reassigned to Dayton.
Columbus has returned forward Mathieu Darche to Syracuse of the AHL after being called up on November 1st. Darche tallied for one goal (1-0-1) in 7 games with the Jackets.
Defenseman Darrel Scoville is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a 3rd Degree shoulder separation a few weeks ago.
Stats as of Thursday, November 22nd
Mathieu Darche(LW) – Darche was just recently relocated to Syracuse after an unsuccessful stint with the Jackets. Darche had 7 points (6-1-7) in 9 games before being recalled. What has he done since being returned? About as much as I have in Syracuse…nothing. He’s only played 2 games since his return, but has yet to put up any points.
Brad Moran(C) – Moran continues his struggles adapting to professional hockey. At last we left Moran, he had 4 points (2-2-4) in 9 games. Moran pretty much continues with this pace, having added an additional 2 goals and 2 assists in his next 8 games. He has managed 4 goals in 17 games (4-4-8) thus far.
Martin Spanhel(RW) – Spanhel is also one who enjoyed a brief call-up to Columbus. After being returned to the farm, Spanhel has not done anything to get Syracuse fans excited. After registering 3 points (1-2-3) in his first 8 games, he’s only registered on the scoresheet once, with an assist, to run his totals to 4 points (1-3-4) in 13 games.
Blake Bellefueille(C) – Bellefueille continues his steady pace of averaging just under a PPG. He currently has 9 points (2-7-9) in 19 games, after starting the season off with 6 points (1-5-6) in 12 games. Bellefueille hasn’t had his role change much thus far this season, working in mainly defensive situations, but has seen his powerplay time increase slightly.
Jonathan Schill(LW) – Schill has fallen off the map in Syracuse…registering only 2 assists (0-2-2) in 12 games, and has not been in the lineup recently.
Dan Watson(D) – Watson, like Schill, has seen his playing time dwindle, and has seen his share of the games from the stands.
Derrick Walser(D) – Ladies and Gentleman, the only bright spot on the Syracuse Crunch thus far. He has had a great season from the blueline, registering 6 goals and 15 points (6-9-15) in 18 games. He is the only Crunch to be in double digits in points. His strong defensive play should get him some consideration for a call-up, which would be the worst-case scenario for the Crunch, who are obviously struggling for offense.
David Ling(RW) – Ling owns the rights to the title of the “Highest Scoring Forward”, which is sad considering he has only 9 points (4-5-9) in 19 games. However, he is continuing his ‘power-forward’ mirage(he stands at only 5’9, 185lbs), with 76 PIM. He definitely plays with some grit and determination, but really should stay out of the penalty box so he can contribute more offensively.
JF Labbe(G) – The Crunch are struggling, and this could be in part due to their goaltending. Although Labbe has improved on his GAA (from 3.08 to 2.94) and his SP (from .888 to .904), his team has not played better in front of him. He is facing more shots, and allowing fewer goals. Unfortunately his record (5-6-4) has not reflected the way he has started to play.