Jackets CHL Prospect Update

By Aaron Vickers

This week’s MVP is none other than Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, who despite not playing any CHL hockey in the past few weeks, earns this right. Find out why…

Western Hockey League

Kiel McLeod – Forward – Kelowna Rockets – Selected in the 2nd Round (53 Overall) in 2001
Since our hiatus for the Christmas season, Kelowna Rockets forward Kiel McLeod has played in a total of 6 games. His offensive totals continue to climb, as he registered another 7 points in that span. McLeod gets a little break from the hockey world, as he doesn’t play another game until Tuesday. When he does resume play, he will be looking to improve on his near point-per-game pace. As it stands right now, McLeod has registered 29 points (12-17-29) in 30 games this season.

Interesting Stat: Number 17 remains 2nd on the team in PIM, and now sits 4th in plus/minus.

Steven Goertzen – Forward – Seattle Thunderbirds – Selected in the 7th Round (225th Overall) in 2002
For those that have followed my Blue Jacket reports for the last year or so knew my view on Ryan Bowness. He was steady, but not flashy. He was consistent, but not overpowering the statistical departments. This year, I’d like to present Steven Goertzen with the Bowness Factor. Goertzen has consistently been putting up nearly half a point per game, with 15 points (8-7-15) in 32 games. He seems to always fall on about this pace so far this season, with no real bursts or busts from week to week.

Interesting Stat: Number 26 is now 5th on the club in goals (8).

Tim Konsorada – Forward – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 6th Round (168th Overall) in 2002
Konsorada has picked up that offensive flair he had at the beginning of the season, in the absence of teammate Jordin Tootoo, who is representing Canada at the World Junior Championships. Konsorada, who all but cooled off to a point per game pace, has picked it up again, with 7 points, including 2 goals, in his last 5 games. So far this season, Konsorada has in 36 games, 39 points (11-28-39).

Interesting Stat: Number 19 is tied for 1st in assists with Tootoo, at 28.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen – Defense – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 3rd Round (65th Overall) in 2002
While there is nothing to report on OK Tollefsen from a Canadian Hockey League standpoint, there still is news surrounding the poor fella. The good news on Tollefsen is that he had a highly successful tournament in the World Junior “B” with Norway, leading all defensemen with 7 points (2-5-7) and a bronze medal. The bad news is that OK was involved in a car accident on his way back to the airport to come to Canada, suffering whiplash.

Interesting Stat: Number 27 will have his season high 13 game injury free games streak snapped when Brandon plays their next game.

Ontario Hockey League

Andrew Penner – Goaltender – Guelph Storm – Signed As A Free Agent (Sept 17th, 2001)
Poor Andrew Penner. The guy is having a career season in the OHL, yet his team cannot bail him out for a win. Since our last update, Penner’s stats haven’t gotten any worse, with a save percentage of .906 and an improvement in GAA from 2.77 to 2.67. Despite his recent efforts, however, Penner is on a four game losing skid. His record has fallen to 6-11-5 in 24 games played this season. Penner is keeping his team in games, but they just cant bail him out.

Interesting Stat: Number 1 has played in 1392 minutes of Storm hockey this season.

Ryan Bowness – Forward – Brampton Battalion – Selected in the 8th Round (236th Overall) in 2001
Bowness is still looking for that one assist to set a new personal best in assists. However, his lack of assists hasn’t hurt his play. Bowness had a 5 game goal scoring streak snapped last Sunday, as he pushes his season totals to 23 points (13-10-23) in 31 games. His 13 goals nearly double his career high, and he’s only 31 games into the 2002-03 Ontario Hockey League season. Bowness is quietly having a breakout year in the Battalion organization.

Interesting Stat: #24 is one marker shy of leading the Battalion in goals.

Cole Jarrett – Defense – Plymouth Whalers – Selected in the 5th Round (141st Overall) in 2001
Jarrett has seen his offensive fountain of contribution dry up over the course of the last update, registering zero points in his last 3 games. His plus/minus, however, is up to a respectable +15, and is starting to patrol the blueline with an edge, tallying 83 penalty minutes this season, good enough for 2nd highest on the club. He sits at 33 points (10-23-33) in 33 games this season.

Interesting Stat: 8 of 10 goals have come on the power play for #2.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Aaron Johnson – Defense – Quebec Remparts – Selected in the 3rd Round (85th Overall) in 2001

Aaron has had a rough couple of weeks, as he has gone through a variety of emotions since our last update. Johnson was cut from the Canadian Junior team in mid-December. Combine this with the fact that Johnson was also dealt from his Rimouski Oceanic to the Quebec Remparts. The move has forced Johnson to adjust to new surroundings, and new teammates. In recent weeks, due to the trade and the Canadian Junior Camp, Johnson has only managed to play in a couple of games. He has played in 27 games this season, registering 25 points (4-21-25) and is a -3.

Interesting Stat: Aaron has the worst plus/minus among the top ten scoring defensemen.

Special Update: The Contract Situation of Kiel McLeod
6 months remain. 6 months until Kiel McLeod will be able to walk away from the Blue Jackets organization. However you want to look at it, time is running out to get Kiel McLeod under contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kiel McLeod knows it. General Manager Doug MacLean knows it. There has been little buzz about McLeod, other than from Jacket fans wondering when he can get under contract and begin play with the Syracuse Crunch, the next step for McLeod’s career.

There are only two things slowing this deal from happening. Those being Doug MacLean and Kiel McLeod. MacLean has stated that he definitely will not allow a 20 year old to dictate his salary structure, and McLeod has been holding out for more money than fellow prospect Tim Jackman received, despite being drafted lower than Tim. MacLean has been very responsible with his spending, and it remains to be seen whether or not one of MacLean or McLeod will buckle somewhat on their demands, and negotiate a deal.

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