Blue Jackets AHL/ECHL prospects update

By Jon Hagan






Adam McQuaid

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ two minor league
affiliates, the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL and the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL, 
currently have a combined 12 Jackets prospects on their rosters, with a lot of
movement up and down between them.  The group is
comprised of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders.  At 5’10 and
197.5 lbs, the average height and weight of the forward group is a bit on the smallish
size.  The defensive quadruplets are taller, but lighter at just over 6’2
and 197 lbs.  The two goaltenders, at an average height of 6’2.5 and weight of
206 lbs, are giants in comparison.  Here’s a look at
how they are faring thus far on the season.  

Syracuse

Geoff
Platt
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C
 

Height: 5’9    Weight: 180
lbs

D.O.B: 1985-07-10 (Mississauga, ON)

Geoff Platt was a huge surprise this
season, coming on like gangbusters for the Crunch.  His play earned him a
contract with the Blue Jackets in November.  He
scored
84 points in 74 games last year with Erie and at the end of the year he joined Atlantic City of
the ECHL.  He
is currently leading the Crunch with 24 points in 21 games. These totals
place him third in rookie scoring and 14th overall in the AHL scoring
race.  He also leads the team with eight power play goals and has two short
handed goals to tie him for second on the team. 

    YEAR

     
TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05Erie
(OHL)
74473784n/a100
Atlantic
City (ECHL)
2022n/a0
2005-06Syracuse 2115924-112

 

Steven
Goertzen
, RW 

Height: 6’1    Weight: 190
lbs

D.O.B: 1984-05-26 (Stony Plain, AB)

Goertzen was Columbus’ 11th pick, 225th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft. 
He is a physical player who skates well, the type of player that
will show up every night, but won’t be counted on to put up big numbers.  Goertzen
usually won’t hurt the club defensively. He’s been called up twice to the
Blue Jackets this season, and has played 20 games with them, four times as many
as with the Crunch.  

    YEAR

     
TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05Dayton11033n/a2
Syracuse57279n/a100
2005-06Syracuse 510127
Columbus20000-824

 

Joakim
Lindstrom
,
LW 

Height: 6’0 Weight:
187lbs

D.O.B: 1983-12-05 (Skelleftea, Sweden)

Columbus’s second choice overall in the 2002 NHL
Entry Draft, Lindstrom is 29th in league scoring for rookies
in the AHL so far this year with 13 points in 21 games.  With him just four
points out of the top ten, the Crunch could have two high finishers for
rookie honors come season’s end.  The young left winger has a lot of
offensive skills, so in time we should see him put top ten numbers up.

      YEAR TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM

2004-05

Modo (SEL)37235n/a24
 Syracuse13448n/a0
2005-06Syracuse216713-514

 

Andrew
Murray
, C

Height: 6’2    Weight: 218 lbs

D.O.B: 1981-11-06 (Selkirk, MB)

Andrew Murray, a 2001 NHL Draft selection (242nd
overall, eighth round) of the Blue Jackets, is one of the Jackets bigger
forward prospects at 6’2.  The 24-year-old rookie is a confident player who skates very well and uses
his body to protect the puck.  He is willing to block shots and was the
go-to guy for face-offs when he played with Bemidji State.  He has
nine points thus far in 18 games with the Crunch.  

 YEAR TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05

Bemidji State (NCAA)

32162238n/a30
2005-06Syracuse18549316

 

Tyler Kolarik,
C

Height: 5’10  Weight:
195 lbs

D.O.B: 1981-01-26 (Philadelphia, PA)

This young American was drafted by Columbus in
the fifth round, 150th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.  He’s a speedy
centerman who is considered solid defensively.  In 13 games with the Crunch
this season, Kolarik has posted an average of 2.31 penalty minutes per game
making him the third most penalized forward on the Syracuse roster.   He
has also played two games with Dayton, where he spent most of last year.

      YEAR       TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05Dayton49161632n/a67
 Syracuse2000n/a0
2005-06Syracuse13112-230
 Dayton2000-14

 

Mark Flood, D

Height: 6’1 Weight:
180 lbs

D.O.B: 1984-09-29 (Charlottetown, PEI)

Mark Flood was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the
sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft,
but went unsigned. Now 21, he has appeared in five games with
Syracuse as a rookie this season with one goal.  The interesting thing
about his stats is that while he’s always had far more assists than goals, this
season he is
 heavier on goals, already surpassing his total from 2004-05.  In 11 games with the Bombers this season he
has five goals, three assists and six penalty minutes.  He has decent
offensive upside, but the knock on him has been his defensive play.  

YEAR

 TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05Peterborough
(OHL)
60 4 3741n/a14
2005-06Dayton13538-46
Syracuse510100

 

Ole-Kristian Tollefson, D

Height: 6’2 Weight:
200 lbs

D.O.B: 1984-03-29 (Oslo, Norway)

Tollefson,  a 21-year-old
Norwegian defenseman, has a hard-hitting style of play that is concisely
described as Canadian.  He likes to hit and hit hard.  In the 2003
Blue Jackets’ training camp, Tollefson injured a pair of forwards with punishing
hits.  Hits from this guy have the potential to turn a game around, and a
properly timed one can open the game right up.  He’s got a mean
streak, and is not easily intimidated.  Tollefson may not be an offensive
threat, but he is also never a liability on the ice.  Drafted as Columbus’s
third pick, 65th overall, in 2002, he was recently called up to help the Jackets
on Nov. 22 and has played five games with the club.    

   
YEAR
 TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05Dayton2000n/a0
 Syracuse64033n/a115
2005-06Syracuse17022743
 Columbus5000-22

 

Marc Methot,
D

Height: 6’3    Weight: 196 lbs

D.O.B: 1985-06-21 (Ottawa, ON)

An alumnus of the high flying Memorial cup winning
London Knights, Methot was drafted in the sixth round, 168th overall in the
2003 NHL Entry Draft.  He is a stay at home defender who makes the safe play.  In an interview with Hockey’s Future earlier in the
year, an area he said he wanted to improve on was physical play, and so far, with 19 AHL games under his belt, he
has 26 penalty minutes, for an average of 1.30 minutes per game. 

 YEAR  TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05London (OHL)6741216n/a88
2005-06Syracuse20033526

 

Aaron Johnson,
D

Height: 6’2    Weight: 210 lbs

D.O.B: 1983-04-30 (Port Hawkesbury, NS)

Aaron Johnson was Columbus’s fourth pick, 85th overall, in the 2001 NHL
Entry Draft.  He is an offensively minded defenseman
who doesn’t mind mucking it up.  In the early part of his junior career he
managed consecutive 50-point, 100+ penalty minute seasons with Rimouski in the
QMJHL.  His
point production, as one would expect,
has gone down as a pro, but is nevertheless admirable.  Currently,
he sits eighth in scoring for defensemen in the league with 16 points in 19
games.  He was recently
promoted again to the big club and he shouldn’t be far off becoming a regular on
the Blue Jackets’ defensive corps as the 22-year-old is the type of defenseman teams swoon
over: big, mobile, mean and productive.   

 YEAR  TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05Syracuse7761723n/a140
2005-06Syracuse1931316144
Columbus2101-17

 

Andrew Penner, G

Height: 6’3    Weight: 212 lbs

D.O.B: 1982-12-12 (Scarborough, ON)

Andrew Penner was signed as a free agent out of
the OHL.  Penner has proven himself a competent backup at the AHL level,
but it remains to be seen if he can push his game up another level.  Last season Penner split his time between both of
the Jackets’ affiliates.  This season he has suffered knee injury, played
three games with the Bombers, and was held to just seven games as the backup in
Syracuse.  

YearTeamGPWLTSPCTGAASO
2004-05Dayton15681.9013.290
Syracuse238121.9172.701
2005-06Syracuse7420.9053.510
Dayton3120.8933.680

 

Pascal Leclaire, G

Height: 6’2    Weight: 200 lbs

D.O.B: 1982-11-07 (Repentiguy, PQ)

A very agile goalie with a fantastic glove hand, Pascal Leclaire was
Columbus’s first pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 draft. He favors the
butterfly style and is quite confident when there is a lot of traffic around
him.  As forecast in the Crunch preview, the Crunch goalies are facing
a
lot of shots — 733 shots in 21 games — for an
average of 35 shots per game.  Consequently, the man touted as the Blue
Jackets’ goaltender of the future must prove he can play more consistently and
crank out a few wins when the defense fails in front of him.  After seven
games his goals against average of 2.82 would seem to indicate that he is doing
just that.  

YearTeamGPGAAWLTSPCTSO
2004-05Syracuse142.34563.9262
2005-06Syracuse72.82330.9201
Columbus63.77150.8930

 

Dayton

Tim Konsorada, RW

Height: 6’1 Weight:
215 lbs

D.O.B: 1984-03-21 (Lamont, AB)

This former captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings is
a tough, gritty player with a strong defensive style of play.  Konsorada
was drafted by the Jackets in the sixth round in the 2002 Entry Draft.  With
the exception of the 2003-04 season when he was slowed down by an injury,
Konsorada’s point production steadily increased over the course of six seasons
with the Wheat Kings.  Now in his first season of pro hockey with the
Daytona Bombers, he finds himself third in team scoring with 17
points.   

YEAR TEAM

GP

G

AP+/-PIM
2004-05Brandon (WHL)71295887n/a43
2005-06Dayton166121832

 

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