Blue Jackets Prospects Update: NCAA Tournament and CHL Playoffs Underway

By Coby Maeir on March 30, 2024 at 2:35 pm
Boston College's Ryan Leonard, right, celebrates the go-ahead goal in the second period vs. Michigan Tech, Friday, March 29, 2024 in the NCAA hockey regionals.

The Blue Jackets are 23-38-12 as we grow closer to the end of the season.

Here's another update on their prospects.

Note: If a player's name is in italics, that means there has been no change to their stats since last week's update.

2023 Draft

Michigan (NCAA) forward Gavin Brindley (34th overall) has posted 24-27--51 in 38 games for the Wolverines. Last week, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year. On Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, Michigan will play Michigan State in the NCAA Regional Final with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line. 

Wisconsin (NCAA) forward William Whitelaw (66th overall) is up to 10-7--17 in 37 games, including two goals in his last seven games and three goals in his 11. Wisconsin was eliminated by Quinnipiac in the regional semi-finals of the NCAA Tournament. 

Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) defenseman Andrew Strathmann (98th overall) has recorded 7-28--35 in 43 games this season including 1-3--4 in his last six games. 

Ottawa 67's (OHL) forward Luca Pinelli (114th overall) finished third in the OHL with 48 goals. He's posted 48-33--82 in 68 regular season games. He had a goal in his team's 5-2 loss to the Brantford Bulldogs in game one of the first round of the OHL playoffs. 

In 30 games, Modo Jr.'s (Sweden Jr.) Melvin Strahl (156th overall) has posted a 13-15-0 record with a .903SV% and a 2.91 GAA.

Tappara Tampere (Finnish Liiga) forward Oiva Keskinen (194th overall) has posted 7-20--27 in 54 games this season including 0-4--4 in his last four games.

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) forward Tyler Peddle (224th overall) finished his season with 11-7--18 in 28 games after being acquired by Saint John after posting 6-8--14 in 37 games with Drummondville. The Sea Dogs lost 7-3 to Drummondville in game one of the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.  

2022 Draft

Cleveland Monsters (AHL) defenseman David Jiricek (6th overall) has posted 7-10--17 in 25 AHL games this season including 2-0--2 in his last six contests.

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) defenseman Denton Mateychuk (12th overall) finished his regular season with 17-58--75 in 75 games and led WHL defensemen with 1.44 points per game. His team beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-4 in game one of the first round of the WHL playoffs. 

Cleveland Monsters (AHL) forward Luca Del Bel Belluz (34th overall) has recorded 6-18--24 in 49 games including 0-3--3 in his last six games.

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) forward Jordan Dumais (96th overall) has resumed skating in Halifax after undergoing surgery to repair bilateral inguinal hernias on Jan. 19. Dumais has posted 16-31--47 in 21 QMJHL games this season. The Mooseheads announced on Saturday that he will be out indefinitely after re-aggravating his lower-body injury this week.

Zvezda Moskva (VHL) forward Kirill Dolzhenkov (109th overall) posted 5-5--10 in 15 VHL games along with 4-5--9 in 39 KHL games for CSKA Moscow this season.

SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) goaltender Sergei Ivanov (138th overall) finished his KHL season with a 1-1-0 record with a .957SV% and 1.18 GAA in three games with SKA in addition to an 8-17-0 record with a .928SV% and a 2.63 GAA in 33 games on loan with Admiral Vladivostok (KHL).

Penticton Vees (BCHL) forward James Fisher (203rd overall) has posted 20-16--36 in 53 games including 0-5--5 in his last eight games. 

2021 Draft

Cleveland Monsters (AHL) defenseman Corson Ceuelemans (25th overall) has posted 3-7--10 in 43 games this season.

Fellow Monsters blueliner Stanislav Svozil (69th overall) has posted 2-16--18 in 50 games.

Boston College (NCAA) defenseman Aidan Hreschuk (94th overall, acquired from Carolina via trade) has posted 2-13--15 in 38 games this season including 1-1--2 in his last nine contests. On Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2, Boston College will play Quinnipiac in the NCAA Regional Final with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line. 

Providence College defenseman Guillaume Richard has recorded 3-14--17 in 34 games including 1-3--4 in his last eight. Providence's season is over and Richard may go pro and join the Monsters.

Zvezda Moscow (VHL) defenseman Nikolai Makarov (132nd overall) posted 0-7--7 in eight VHL games in addition to 0-2--2 in 28 KHL games for CSKA Moscow.

Monsters forward James Malatesta (133rd overall) has posted 12-9--21 in 53 AHL games including 2-1--3 in his last 12. Malatesta was added to the Blue Jackets' roster last week and has played in two NHL games.

London Knights forward Max McCue (156th overall by San Jose, signed as a free agent) finished his season with 27-34--61 in 62 games. The Knights beat the Flint Firebirds 3-0 in game one of the first round of the OHL Playoffs. 

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) forward Martin Rysavy (197th overall) finished his season with 25-19--44 in 63 games. He posted 2-1--3 in the Warriors' game-one win.  

2020 Draft

Monsters defenseman Samuel Knazko (78th overall) has posted 1-10--11 in 39 games.

Monsters forward Mikael Pyyhtia (114th overall), who has played eight games with the Blue Jackets, has posted 7-20-27 in 57 AHL games. 

Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) defenseman Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm (145th overall) has posted 4-27--31 in 50 games this season.


Monsters goalie Jet Greaves is 27-12-3 with a .908SV% and a 2.97 GAA including a .878SV% in his last three starts.

Saginaw Spirit (OHL) goalie Nolan Lalonde is 0-2-1 with an .837SV% and a 4.59 GAA in four games in addition to an 21-6-1 record with an .874SV% and a 3.16 GAA in 32 games. The Spirit are up 1-0 on the Owen Sound Attack in the first round of the OHL Playoffs. 

Monsters forward Hunter McKown has posted 9-15--24 in 50 games including 3-2--5 in his last six. 

All stats are as of the morning of March 30. 

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