Blue Jackets Prospects Update: James Malatesta and William Whitelaw Are Heating Up, Jordan Dumais Leads the QMJHL In Scoring, and More

By Coby Maeir on December 9, 2023 at 10:30 am
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing James Malatesta (67) takes a shot on Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) during the first period at KeyBank Center.
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The Blue Jackets are now 9-15-5 after a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. 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: 18 GP, 10-8--18.

Among all D-1 men's hockey players, Brindley is tied for 12th in goals.

  • William Whitelaw, F, Univ. of Wisconsin (NCAA), 66th overall pick: 16 GP, 6-4--10
  • Andrew Strathmann, LD, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 98th overall pick: 17 GP, 5-13--18
  • Luca Pinelli, F, Ottawa 67's (OHL), 114th overall pick: 27 GP, 21-8--29

Pinelli is tied for third in the OHL in goals. 

  • Melvin Strahl, G, Modo Jr. (Swe-Jr), 156th overall pick: 19 GP, 8-10-0, .909SV%, 2.72 GAA
  • Oiva Keskinen, F, Tappara Tampere (SM-liiga), 194th overall pick: 28 GP, 3-11--14
  • Tyler Peddle, F, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL), 224th overall pick: 27 GP: 6-6--12

2022 Draft

  • Denton Mateychuk, LD, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 12th overall pick: 23 GP, 6-29--35

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

  • Luca Del Bel Belluz, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 44th overall pick: 14 GP, 3-8--11
  • Jordan Dumais, F, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL), 69th overall pick: 21 GP, 16-31--47

Dumais leads the QMJHL in points.

  • Kirill Dolzhenkov, F, CSKA Moskva (KHL), 109th overall pick: 14 GP, 2-3--5
  • Sergei Ivanov, G, Vladivostok Admiral (KHL), 138th overall pick: 19 GP, 5-7-2, .937SV%
  • James Fisher, F, Penticton Vees (BCHL), 203rd overall pick: 25 GP, 12-3--15

2021 Draft

  • Corson Ceulemans, RD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 25th overall pick: 13 GP, 0-3--3
  • Stanislav Svozil, LD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 69th overall pick: 16 GP, 1-7--8
  • Aidan Hreschuk, LD, Boston College (NCAA), 94th overall pick: 16 GP: 0-5--5
  • Guillaume Richard, LD, Providence College (NCAA), 101st overall pick: 15 GP, 1-6--7
  • Nikolai Makarov, LD, CSKA Moscow (KHL), 132nd overall pick: 28 GP, 0-2--2
  • James Malatesta, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL): 133rd overall pick: 17 GP, 5-2--7
  • Martin Rysavy, F, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 197th overall pick: 22 GP, 9-7--16

2020 Draft

  • Samuel Knazko, LD, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 78th overall pick: 8 GP, 0-2--2
  • Mikael Pyyhtia, F, Cleveland Monsters (AHL), 114th overall pick: 21 GP, 2-11--13