Blue Jackets Prospects Update: Gavin Brindley Wins Big Ten Goal-Scoring Title

By Coby Maeir on March 9, 2024 at 10:15 am
Michigan State goaltender Trey Augustine makes a save against Michigan right wing Gavin Brindley during the third period at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024.

The Blue Jackets are 22-31-10 as they enter the post-trade deadline phase of the season.

Here's another update on their prospects.

Note: If a player's name is in italics, that means there has been no change to their stats since last week's update.

2023 Draft

Michigan (NCAA) forward Gavin Brindley (34th overall) has posted 22-26--48 in 34 games for the Wolverines. His 22 goals this season are the most in the Big Ten and the fifth-most in the NCAA. On Friday, Michigan beat Notre Dame 5-4 in game one of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals which is a best-of-three series. 

Wisconsin (NCAA) forward William Whitelaw (66th overall) is up to 10-7--17 in 34 games, including two goals in his last five games and three goals in his last eight. His Badgers lost 3-1 to Ohio State in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday. 

Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) defenseman Andrew Strathmann (98th overall) has recorded 6-26--32 in 38 games this season including 0-4--4 in his last five games. 

Ottawa 67's (OHL) forward Luca Pinelli (114th overall) is still third in the OHL with 43 goals. He's posted 43-32--75 in 61 games including 3-5--8 in his last eight games.

In 29 games, Modo Jr.'s (Sweden Jr.) Melvin Strahl (156th overall) has posted a 13-14-0 record with a .905SV% and a 2.84 GAA.

Tappara Tampere (Finnish Liiga) forward Oiva Keskinen (194th overall) has posted 7-18--25 in 52 games this season including 3-3--6 in his last 12 games.

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) forward Tyler Peddle (224th overall) has posted 5-4--9 in 21 games since being acquired by Saint John after posting 6-8--14 in 37 games with Drummondville. 

2022 Draft

Cleveland Monsters (AHL) defenseman David Jiricek (6th overall) has posted 6-10--16 in 20 AHL games this season including 1-3--4 in his last four contests.

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) defenseman Denton Mateychuk (12th overall) has posted 16-52--68 in 47 games and leads WHL defensemen with 1.45 points per game. In his last seven games, he's posted 3-9--12. 

Cleveland Monsters (AHL) forward Luca Del Bel Belluz (34th overall) has recorded 6-16--22 in 44 games including 1-1--2 in his last five games.

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) forward Jordan Dumais (96th overall) has resumed skating in Halifax after undergoing surgery to repair bilateral inguinal hernias on Jan. 19. Dumais has posted 16-31--47 in 21 QMJHL games this season.

Zvezda Moskva (VHL) forward Kirill Dolzhenkov (109th overall) posted 5-5--10 in 15 VHL games along with 4-5--9 in 39 KHL games for CSKA Moscow this season.

SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) goaltender Sergei Ivanov (138th overall) finished his KHL season with a 1-1-0 record with a .957SV% and 1.18 GAA in three games with SKA in addition to an 8-17-0 record with a .928SV% and a 2.63 GAA in 33 games on loan with Admiral Vladivostok (KHL).

Penticton Vees (BCHL) forward James Fisher (203rd overall) has posted 20-14--34 in 47 games including 2-3--5 in his last four games. 

2021 Draft

Cleveland Monsters (AHL) defenseman Corson Ceuelemans (25th overall) has posted 3-7--10 in 39 games this season.

Fellow Monsters blueliner Stanislav Svozil (69th overall) has posted 1-15--16 in 43 games including 0-1--1 in his last three.

Boston College (NCAA) defenseman Aidan Hreschuk (94th overall, acquired from Carolina via trade) has posted 2-12--14 in 33 games this season including 1-2--3 in his last eight contests.

Providence College defenseman Guillaume Richard has recorded 3-14--17 in 33 games including 1-3--4 in his last seven.

Zvezda Moscow (VHL) defenseman Nikolai Makarov (132nd overall) posted 0-7--7 in eight VHL games in addition to 0-2--2 in 28 KHL games for CSKA Moscow.

Monsters forward James Malatesta (133rd overall) has posted 11-9--20 in 48 games including 1-1--2 in his last seven.

London Knights forward Max McCue (156th overall by San Jose, signed as a free agent) has posted 26-28--54 in 56 games 2-2--4 in his last four.

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) forward Martin Rysavy (197th overall) has posted 22-18--40 in 57 games this season including 3-2--5 in his last seven.

2020 Draft

Monsters defenseman Samuel Knazko (78th overall) has posted 1-7--8 in 32 games including 0-3--3 in his last four games.

Monsters forward Mikael Pyyhtia (114th overall) has posted 7-18--25 in 55 games. 


Monsters goalie Jet Greaves is 24-9-3 with a .910SV% and a 2.88 GAA including a .937SV% in his last three starts.

Saginaw Spirit (OHL) goalie Nolan Lalonde is 0-2-1 with an .837SV% and a 4.59 GAA in four games in addition to an 20-5-1 record with an .876SV% and a 3.07 GAA in 30 games. In his last three starts, he's posted an .879SV%.

Monsters forward Hunter McKown has posted 7-13--20 in 47 games including 1-0--1 in his last three. 

All stats are as of the morning of March 9. 

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