Jordan Dumais and Gavin Brindley Highlight This Edition Of The Blue Jackets Prospect Update

By Coby Maeir on November 18, 2023 at 10:15 am
Michigan Wolverines forward Gavin Brindley (4) skates during the Faceoff on the Lake outdoor NCAA men s hockey game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at FirstEnergy Stadium.
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While the Blue Jackets have lost 11 of their last 12 games including seven in a row, the team's prospects are performing well at their respective levels. 

Here's another update on the Blue Jackets' prospects:

2023 Draft

  • Gavin Brindley, F, Univ. of Michigan (NCAA), 34th overall pick: 13 GP, 10-6--16.

Among all D-1 men's hockey players, Brindley is tied for first in goals and tied for ninth in points in goals this season for the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines.

  • William Whitelaw, F, Univ. of Wisconsin (NCAA), 66th overall pick: 11 GP, 2-4--6



  • Andrew Strathmann, LD, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 98th overall pick: 12 GP, 2-9--11
  • Luca Pinelli, F, Ottawa 67's (OHL), 114th overall pick: 18 GP, 15-7--22

Pinelli is tied for second in the OHL in goals. 

  • Melvin Strahl, G, Modo Jr. (Swe-Jr), 156th overall pick: 14 GP, 6-7-0, .907SV%, 2.83 GAA
  • Oiva Keskinen, F, Tappara Tampere (SM-liiga), 194th overall pick: 21 GP, 2-11--13
  • Tyler Peddle, F, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL), 224th overall pick: 21 GP: 3-2--5

2022 Draft

  • Denton Mateychuk, LD, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 12th overall pick: 15 GP, 5-17--22

Mateychuk is third among WHL defensemen in points/game this season. 

  • Luca Del Bel Belluz, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 44th overall pick: 6 GP, 2-3--5
  • Jordan Dumais, F, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL), 69th overall pick: 12 GP, 12-17--29

 Dumais leads the QMJHL in points/game by a margin of 0.52 points/game.

  • Kirill Dolzhenkov, F, Zvezda Moskva (VHL), 109th overall pick: 13 GP, 5-4--9
  • Sergei Ivanov, G, Vladivostok Admiral (KHL), 138th overall pick: 14 GP, 3-6-2, .932SV%
  • James Fisher, F, Penticton Vees (BCHL), 203rd overall pick: 16 GP, 12-3--15

2021 Draft

  • Kent Johnson, LW/C, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 5th overall pick: 5 GP, 2-4--6

Johnson has played several games at center since being sent down to the AHL two weeks ago.

  • Corson Ceulemans, RD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 25th overall pick: 7 GP, 0-0--0
  • Stanislav Svozil, LD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 69th overall pick: 8 GP, 1-4--5
  • Aidan Hreschuk, LD, Boston College (NCAA), 94th overall pick: 11 GP: 0-2--2
  • Guillaume Richard, LD, Providence College (NCAA), 101st overall pick: 12 GP, 1-5--6
  • Nikolai Makarov, LD, CSKA Moscow (KHL), 132nd overall pick: 24 GP, 0-2--2
  • James Malatesta, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL): 133rd overall pick: 8 GP, 1-2--3
  • Martin Rysavy, F, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 197th overall pick: 17 GP, 5-5--10

2020 Draft

  • Samuel Knazko, LD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 78th overall pick: 3 GP, 0-2--2
  • Mikael Pyyhtia, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 114th overall pick: 12 GP, 1-4--5

While the Blue Jackets could be staring down another long and difficult season, their prospects are giving fans reasons to hope for the future. 

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