In the System is your weekly Blue Jackets prospect report. We look at who's scoring, who's not, and who's stopping pucks.
Kirill Marchenko had quite the week, and he's looking more like a future NHL star every game he plays. Elsewhere, Robbie Stucker had an excellent debut for the University of Minnesota.
Let's take an in-depth look at what the last week held.
Marchenko, to put it lightly, is on fire. His skill with the puck is outstanding, and it was on display here in this shootout finish against former NHL goalie Anders Lindback.
Earlier in that game, he also scored SKA's only goal in regulation:
'Thank you, sir.'— KHL (@khl_eng) November 30, 2020
We know Kirill Marchenko is a polite young man. pic.twitter.com/cvoEeecy05
Then, yesterday, he scored a nifty wraparound to notch his tenth goal of the young season:
Top. Corner.— KHL (@khl_eng) December 5, 2020
10th goal of a season for Kirill Marchenko! pic.twitter.com/MdSFEsWYkM
The Blue Jackets' second-round pick from 2018 looks better and better every time he plays.
The 6'3" defenseman made his 2020 debut for the Minnesota Gophers, tallying two assists in his first game back.
Sampo Ranta (@Avalanche) found his way onto the scoresheet yesterday for @GopherHockey by burying this rebound.— EP Rinkside (@EPRinkside) December 4, 2020
Primary assist -> Robbie Stucker (@BlueJacketsNHL)
Secondary assist -> Scott Reedy (@SJSharks)
Ranta's @EliteProspects page: https://t.co/gk4KHe4vo8 pic.twitter.com/5loieRuJuV
Stucker, a seventh-round pick back in 2017, is in his junior year at Minnesota.
Pyyhtiä was named to Finland's preliminary World Junior Championship roster.
Finland's preliminary WJC roster has been announced. pic.twitter.com/dr2uyQAndG— Lassi Alanen (@lassialanen) December 4, 2020
Bemstrom's loan agreement with HIFK expired, which ended up being good timing because the Finnish Liiga postponed all scheduled games from December 3rd through December 19th due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Below, you'll find an up-to-date chart of all Blue Jackets prospects that are currently playing.
2020-21 Season To Date, Skaters:
|Prospect||Draft Pick||Current Team and League||GP||G||A||PTS|
|Mikael Pyythiä (C)||CBJ, 4th Round, 2020||TPS U20 (U20 SM-sarja)||18||9||10||19|
|Kirill Marchenko (LW)||CBJ, 2nd Round, 2018||SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)||26||10||8||18|
|Emil Bemstrom (RW)||CBJ, 4th Round, 2017||HIFK (Liiga)||16||8||9||17|
|Daniel Zaar (RW)||CBJ, 6th Round, 2012||Rögle BK, (SHL)||17||8||8||16|
|Yegor Chinakhov (RW)||CBJ, 1st Round, 2020||Avangard Omsk (KHL)||27||8||7||15|
|Samuel Knazko (D)||CBJ, 3rd Round, 2020||TPS U20 (U20 SM-sarja)||22||4||9||13|
|Dmitri Voronkov (C)||CBJ, 4th Round, 2019||Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)||28||4||7||11|
|Ole Julian Bjørgvik Holm (D)||CBJ, 5th Round, 2020||Manglerud (Norway)||14||2||6||8|
|Eric Hjorth (D)||CBJ, 4th Round, 2019||Frölunda HC J20 (J20 Nationell)||14||2||4||6|
|Marcus Karlberg (RW)||CBJ, 3rd Round, 2018||HC Vita Hästen (HockeyAllsvenskan)||20||2||4||6|
|Calvin Thürkauf (C/LW)||CBJ, 7th Round, 2016||EV Zug (NL)||12||2||1||3|
|Samuel Johannesson (D)||CBJ, 6th Round, 2020||Rögle BK (SHL)||17||1||2||3|
|Robbie Stucker (D)||CBJ, 7th Round, 2017||Univ. of Minnesota (NCAA)||2||0||2||2|
|Kale Howarth (LW/C)||CBJ, 5th Round, 2017||Univ. of Connecticut (NCAA)||2||1||0||1|
|Tim Berni (D)||CBJ, 6th Round, 2018||ZSC Lions (NL)||11||0||1||1|
2020-21 Season To Date, Goaltenders:
|Prospect||Draft Pick||Current Team and League||GP||SV%||G.A.A.|
|Daniil Tarasov||CBJ, 3rd Round, 2017||Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)||5||.909||2.16|
|Veini Vehviläinen||CBJ, 6th Round, 2018||JYP (Liiga)||13||.896||3.18|