That Yegor Chinakhov pick sure looks better and better every day, doesn't it?
This week, Chinakhov was named KHL Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month. Kirill Marchenko has been heating up, and Emil Bemstrom is playing quite well.
Let's take a look at what the season has held so far for Blue Jackets prospects.
Marchenko has tallied 6-4-10 in 14 games with SKA St. Petersburg at the KHL level, and 3-4-7 in two games with SKA-1946 St. Petersburg at the MHL level. He started the season cold, but he's been on fire recently.
Kirill Marchenko has been red hot of late.— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) October 28, 2020
After beginning the season on a six-game drought, he now has 6 goals and 10 points in his last 8 KHL games. pic.twitter.com/Fz0zPt0fXb
Bemstrom went over to Liiga to stay sharp and work on his game for the upcoming NHL season, and he's certainly done that. In 12 games with HIFK, he's scored seven goals paired with five assists. In the play below, he makes a game-saving block at one end of the ice, then scores the game-winning goal at the other end nine seconds later. Sounds exactly like what John Tortorella wants to see.
Emil Bemstrm Ensin pelastus omassa pss, heti pern voittomaali Melkoinen vaihto @BlueJacketsNHL lainalta #Liiga #HIFK @ifk_helsinki— Liiga (@smliiga) October 13, 2020
Katso kaikki Liiga-videot ilmaiseksi https://t.co/yUtEqMksye pic.twitter.com/JYHtn6Ii4y
Chinakhov, 19, was named the KHL's Rookie of the Month for the second-straight month, quite an impressive feat. He's tallied 6-6-12 in 19 games with Avangard Omsk while playing against grown men every night.
The Finnish netminder has had his struggles with JYP in Liiga this season, posting just a .907 save percentage and a 2.73 goals-allowed-average. His stats are a slight improvement from last year with the Cleveland Monsters, though, when he notched a .901 save percentage and 2.76 goals-allowed-average.
Pyyhtiä, the Blue Jackets' fourth round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing well at the U20 level for TPS (Liiga). He's notched 8-10-18 in 15 games with the club at the age of 18.
|Prospect||Draft Pick||Current Team and League||GP||G||A||PTS|
|Samuel Knazko (D)||CBJ, 3rd Round, 2020||TPS U20, U20 SM-sarja||19||4||7||11|
|Daniel Zaar (RW)||CBJ, 6th Round, 2012||Rögle BK, SHL||11||4||6||10|
|Dmitri Voronkov (C)||CBJ, 4th Round, 2019||Ak Bars Kazan, KHL||17||3||3||6|
|Ole Julian Bjørgvik Holm (D)||CBJ, 5th Round, 2020||Manglerud, Norway||8||1||5||6|
|Eric Hjorth (D)||CBJ, 4th Round, 2019||Frölunda HC J20, J20 Nationell||13||2||3||5|
|Marcus Karlberg (RW)||CBJ, 3rd Round, 2018||HC Vita Hästen, HockeyAllsvenskan||9||1||3||4|
|Calvin Thürkauf (C/LW)||CBJ, 7th Round, 2016||EV Zug, NL||7||2||1||3|
|Samuel Johannesson (D)||CBJ, 6th Round, 2020||Rögle BK, SHL||11||1||1||2|
|Tim Berni (D)||CBJ, 6th Round, 2018||ZSC Lions, NL||11||0||1||1|
|Prospect||Draft Pick||Current Team and League||GP||SV%||G.A.A.|
|Daniil Tarasov||CBJ, 3rd Round, 2017||Toros Neftekamsk (VHL), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)||2 (VHL), 3 (KHL)||.906 (VHL), .902 (KHL)||2.50 (VHL), 2.69 (KHL)|
Many of the Blue Jackets prospects that play their trade in America or Canada haven't seen their seasons start yet, so this report is a little light for now. Hopefully, it'll be a little longer in the near future.