It is time once again to take a look at prospects in the
Columbus Blue Jackets organization currently playing in the CHL 2003-04
The Western Hockey League
The Columbus Blue Jackets have several players spending the 2003-04
season in the Western Hockey League. Brandon Wheat King teammates Tim
Konsorada and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen were selected in the 2002 National
Hockey League Entry Draft, as well as Steven Goertzen of the Seattle
Thunderbirds, also selected in 2002.
– Right Wing/Defense – Seattle Thunderbirds –
Selected in the 7th Round (225th Overall) in 2002
What else can be said about Seattle Thunderbirds Steven Goertzen. He
continues to play at a similar pace, chipping in with the odd offensive
burst, and contributing strongly in the defensive zone. Goertzen
continues to battle on a weaker Western Hockey League club, which sees
the Stony Plain, AB native tied for the club lead in plus/minus, with a
+5 rating, on a team that has been outscored 96-83 in the 2003-04
– Right Wing – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 6th Round (168th
Overall) in 2002
No news certainly is good news in regards to the status of Tim
Konsorada. Konsorada, still recovering from shoulder surgery after
discovering problems at the Columbus Blue Jackets Developmental Camp is
slated to be sidelined through the new year.
Tollefsen – Defense – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 3rd
Round (65th Overall) in 2002
What a difference a ten game stretch can make. Brandon defenseman
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen has been just about as hot as any on the Wheat
Kings over the course of the last three weeks, registering eight points
in nine games, seven of which are assists. The offensive game of
Tollefsen has come around in a big way, without compromise of his
defensive zone play. With the emergence of Aaron Johnson for the Syracuse
Crunch/Columbus Blue Jackets, could Ole-Kristian Tollefsen be looking
to make a name for himself in a similar fashion to which Johnson did
with the Rimouski Oceanic and Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL?
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The Ontario Hockey League
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a pair of prospects currently playing in
the Ontario Hockey League. Defensemen Marc Methot of the London Knights
and Trevor Hendrikx of the Peterborough Petes are 2003 National Hockey
League Entry Draft Selections, while Columbus’ second round selection
Dan Fritsche, who may be returned to the Sarnia Sting, continues to
skate with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
– Center – Sarnia Sting – Selected in the 2nd Round (46th Overall) in
An interesting choice surrounds Columbus Blue Jackets forward
Danny Fritsche. Fritsche, who has dedicated himself to joining the
United States World Junior Championship squad, may find himself back in
the Ontario Hockey League shortly after the new year. Rumblings out of
the Columbus community seem to display the notion that Danny would be
better served playing twenty minutes a night in an offensive role with
the already impressive Sting, instead of ten minutes of icetime per
game in a checking role with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
– Defense – Peterborough Petes – Selected in the 9th Round (283th
Overall) in 2003
After starting the season with a meagre six points in 17 games,
Trevor Hendrikx has uncharacteristically began to contribute with a bit
of offensive flair, to match his nasty mean streak and thundering
fists. Interesting enough, although only 27 games into the new Ontario
Hockey League season, Hendrikx has already exceeded his career totals
in both assists and points. Previously, the rugged blueliner had a
career high of eight assists and nine points. Hendrikx already has ten
assists this season, surpassing both totals.
– Defense – London Knights – Selected in the 6th Round (168th Overall)
In the span of ten games, London Knights defenseman Marc Methot managed
to match his season output since our last update, putting up two points
in the last ten games. Methot, definitely not known for any offense
whatsoever, isn’t counted on to provide anything other then
crease-clearing defense, something he’s executed well with the Knights.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
The Columbus Blue Jackets have two players currently playing in
the Quebec Major Junior League. Mathieu Gravel, selected in the 8th
round of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft, as well as
Philippe Dupuis of the Gatineau Olympiques, selected four rounds
earlier in the same draft.
Mathieu Gravel – Left Wing – Shawinigan Cataractes – Selected in
the 8th Round (233rd Overall) in 2003
Mathieu Gravel continues to go about his game, one that seemingly is
lacking in intensity. Gravel has a massive 6’3″ frame, but fails to
utilize it on a nightly basis. His touch in the offensive end is also
leaving something to be desired, as he is off his scoring pace from
last season, which saw him register 24 goals and 50 points in 72 games.
As it stands now, Gravel is on pace for roughly 11 goals.
– Center – Gatineau Olympiques – Selected in the 4th Round (104th
Overall) in 2003
Gatineau forward Philippe Dupuis has slowed after coming strong out of
the gates. If his slowing pace wasn’t enough, the injury bug has begun
to poke its head out, attacking Dupuis. Philippe has missed several for
the Olympiques due to a concussion, and has been listed as day-to-day
by the organization. Dupuis managed a meager five games since our last
update, shaking off the effects of injury.
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