Several of the Blue Jackets
prospects have started the season at a blistering pace.
Through December 14th, four players are
scoring better than a point per game and are among their respective
scoring leaders. Unfortunately, there are also a few prospects who are
struggling to play to expectations. The following is a summary of the
Jackets NCAA prospects start to the season.
Justin Aikens (Jr, New
Coming into the season,
New Hampshire wanted Aikens to contribute more consistently to the
only is Aikens second on his team in scoring, he is currently fifth in
nation in assists and tied for 12th in overall scoring. Through 17
Aikens is only one point shy of matching his offensive output from all
year. Aikens is centering the second line and earning significant time
power play. A potential sign of his offensive maturity is that two of
goals this season have been game winners.
Jeff Genovy (So,
Expectations were high for Genovy when the Blue
Jackets selected him in the third round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
season, Genovy led all Clarkson freshmen with 16 points, but this
season he has
essentially disappeared from the score sheet. He registered his first
assist, on an empty net goal November 29 at Harvard and scored his
of the season December 5th in a 3-4 loss to New Hampshire.
first even strength goal of his collegiate career. To illustrate the
Genovy’s scoring woes, he is only two seasons removed from scoring 23
23 assists in his final year playing in the USHL. It is a testament to
ability that even though he is not scoring, he is still a key
Clarkson and is relied upon for his defensive prowess.
Tyler Kolarik (Sr,
is currently leading the Crimson in scoring
with 13 points in twelve games. In 30 games a year ago he scored 28
he is slightly ahead of last year’s pace. Kolarik is anchoring the
and seeing significant specials team duty. He has been very effective
speed to create space to generate shots on goal, allowing Harvard’s big
forwards to bang for rebounds.
Kevin Jarman (Fr, U Mass
In Columbus, Rick Nash has earned the nickname Cy
Young for his gaudy goals to assists ratio. While Jarman is nowhere
taking Nash’s title, he has four goals and no assists through 16 games,
finding most of his success in the same money area around the net that
starting to call home. Three of his four goals have come on the power
Jarman has been throwing his weight around the net and capitalizing on
rebounds. It is a good sign for Jarman that he is seeing key power play
a team that is returning 90 percent of its scoring from a year ago.
Greg Mauldin (Jr, U
Mass – Amherst):
didn’t get the start to the season that he
was looking for, but he is still averaging better than a point per
He has had to overcome the season-ending injury to Matt Anderson,
center from a year ago, as well as a shoulder injury that kept him
for four games. Mauldin is currently ranked
third on the team in scoring and keep in mind that he got off to a slow
last year and finished with over 40 points to lead the team.
(Jr, Bemidji State):
Andrew Murray is off to a great start to the
season even if he still isn’t scoring goals at the same pace as he did
his freshman season. Murray brings a lot of intangibles to the ice with
every night, which is why he is wearing the A for a second straight
illustrate his versatility, Murray centers the Beavers’ first line,
all game situations, is a force on the forecheck and takes most of the
defensive zone faceoffs. His 11 points in 13 games ranks him fourth in
scoring. Unfortunately for Murray and the Beavers, he suffered a severe
injury during a game December 4th versus Wayne State. The injury required
and Murray is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.
(So, Boston University):
beginning the season being suspended by Coach
Jack Adams for violating undisclosed team rules, Redlihs suffered a
collarbone before playing any games. Initial reports indicate he should
by late December, leaving time to salvage the remainder of the season.
Peter Zingoni (Sr,
graduated more than 50 percent of
their scoring from last season and questions abounded about who would
load. Zingoni has responded this season by leading the team in scoring
points in 13 games. He recorded a hat trick in the first game of
season against Sacred Heart and scored another two goals over the next
games. His scoring touch has since cooled, but he has continued to
including two assist games against Boston University and Boston
Zingoni suffered a minor shoulder injury in the November 21st game
College and missed the following game against Maine. He was back in the
several days later to face 15th ranked Brown. Zingoni is
progress, and this should mark the fourth consecutive year of increased
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