Blue Jackets Prospects Update: Kent Johnson Is Buzzing In Cleveland, Denton Mateychuk Can't Stop Scoring

By Coby Maeir on November 25, 2023 at 10:18 am
Columbus Blue Jackets center Kent Johnson (91) celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at Xcel Energy Center.
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Things are looking better for the Blue Jackets, who have won back-to-back games over the Blackhawks and Devils. However, things are more promising elsewhere. 

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

2023 Draft

  • Gavin Brindley, F, Univ. of Michigan (NCAA), 34th overall pick: 15 GP, 10-7--17.

Among all D-1 men's hockey players, Brindley is tied for second in goals and tied for 11th in points in goals this season for the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines.

  • William Whitelaw, F, Univ. of Wisconsin (NCAA), 66th overall pick: 13 GP, 2-4--6
  • Andrew Strathmann, LD, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 98th overall pick: 15 GP, 4-12--16
  • Luca Pinelli, F, Ottawa 67's (OHL), 114th overall pick: 20 GP, 17-7--24

Pinelli ranks third in the OHL in goals. 

  • Melvin Strahl, G, Modo Jr. (Swe-Jr), 156th overall pick: 16 GP, 7-8-0, .912SV%, 2.72 GAA
  • Oiva Keskinen, F, Tappara Tampere (SM-liiga), 194th overall pick: 23 GP, 2-11--13
  • Tyler Peddle, F, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL), 224th overall pick: 24 GP: 4-2--6

2022 Draft

  • Denton Mateychuk, LD, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 12th overall pick: 17 GP, 6-19--25

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

  • Luca Del Bel Belluz, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 44th overall pick: 9 GP, 2-3--5
  • Jordan Dumais, F, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL), 69th overall pick: 15 GP, 13-21--34

 Dumais leads the QMJHL in points/game by a margin of 0.44 points/game.

  • Kirill Dolzhenkov, F, CSKA Moskva (KHL), 109th overall pick: 9 GP, 1-1--2
  • Sergei Ivanov, G, Vladivostok Admiral (KHL), 138th overall pick: 17 GP, 5-7-2, .941SV%
  • James Fisher, F, Penticton Vees (BCHL), 203rd overall pick: 19 GP, 12-3--15

2021 Draft

  • Kent Johnson, LW/C, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 5th overall pick: 9 GP, 4-10--14

Johnson has played several games at center since being sent down to the AHL two weeks ago. Among players with at least six games played, he leads the AHL in points/game.

  • Corson Ceulemans, RD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 25th overall pick: 9 GP, 0-0--0
  • Stanislav Svozil, LD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 69th overall pick: 11 GP, 1-5--6
  • Aidan Hreschuk, LD, Boston College (NCAA), 94th overall pick: 13 GP: 0-4--4
  • Guillaume Richard, LD, Providence College (NCAA), 101st overall pick: 14 GP, 1-6--7
  • Nikolai Makarov, LD, CSKA Moscow (KHL), 132nd overall pick: 27 GP, 0-2--2
  • James Malatesta, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL): 133rd overall pick: 12 GP, 1-2--3
  • Martin Rysavy, F, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 197th overall pick: 16 GP, 6-5--11

2020 Draft

  • Samuel Knazko, LD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 78th overall pick: 6 GP, 0-2--2
  • Mikael Pyyhtia, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 114th overall pick: 16 GP, 2-9--11
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