Canada Russia Series - Nov 19th, 2015

Scouting the 2015 Canada Russia Series

The Canada Russia Series (Formally the Subway Super Series) wrapped up last week. Team Canada defeated Team Russia winning five of the six games. I was able to watch all six games in the series. Last year I focused a lot on the CHL players and the game itself. This year I focused more on […]

Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

OHL Game Notes 10/11: North Bay, London, Mississauga

Sunday, November 22nd’s tilt against Mississauga was my first live viewing of the OHL’s deepest team, the London Knights. To speak of the depth, London has been able to get plenty of draft picks by trading away solid players who just couldn’t crack their line-up to other teams, where they immediately became top six/top four options. Witness […]

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 14: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets makes a save during the game against the Arizona Coyotes on November 14, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Game Recap #21: Nashville @ Columbus

One night after a tough 3-0 loss in Ottawa, the Columbus Blue Jackets returned to Nationwide for a weird 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators! The visitors attacked early and often, but the home team finished enough chances and had the strongest weapon of all: a perfect Sergei Bobrovsky. The weird came from the news at the […]


Union Blue Radio Episode 34: She Had Me at Tater Tots

Monday evening, Sam, Alison, and Matt chatted more CBJ! Hear them talk about mountains, vital breakdowns, fruitless endeavours, open floodgates, deacons evolving, sneaky fast, exceedingly physical, elbow infections, a shot-blocking mentality, a mancrush, #roarbacon, cardiac state, no thunder, Squatters, 101 Beer Kitchen, and The Columbus Crew. You’ll notice we mention Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper, […]


Buckeye State Interview: Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper

Monday night, the Union Blue Radio crew got a chance to interview Josh Cooper of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog. This was for a segment on the podcast… and then the recording software decided to have some issues, so the audio is nigh un-listenable. Luckily for you, our producers suffered through the sweeping volume problems and […]

Dante Salituro of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

OHL Weekly Scouting Report: November 12th – November 18th

I saw three OHL games this week: the Peterborough Petes vs the Sudbury Wolves, Hamilton Bulldogs and the Ottawa 67’s. The Petes-Bulldogs game was watched on TV. I also watched the Vancouver Giants and Kamloops Blazers play on Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey. All players are first time draft eligible unless stated otherwise. Blazers Jake Kryski […]

OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 17: Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators makes a glove save on a shot by Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on November 17, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Game Recap #20: Columbus @ Ottawa

The Jackets played a decent first period, a worse second period, and then an ineffective 3rd period. They ended the game with a decent number of registered shots but no goals. They had plenty of early scoring chances, suffering from what appeared to be the same PDO puckluck that saw them start off 0-8, but […]

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 14:  Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during the third period of the game against the Arizona Coyotes on November 14, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Arizona 5-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Goal Breakdown: Up the Middle

The middle of the ice is the most important part of the ice. Duh, right? It’s obviously the most dangerous, which is also why it’s the most highly defended – defenses are set up to keep players and pucks out of the prime scoring areas. I’ve covered many of the tactics used to create space, but […]

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 9:  Brandon Saad #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 9, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. New York defeated Columbus 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Game Recap #19: St. Louis @ Columbus

What a game for the CBJ. The Blue Jackets took down the Blues 3-1 tonight, in a game where the CBJ won just about everything. Per and, the CBJ paced the Blues in shots, hits, faceoff wins, shot attempts, scoring chances, and most importantly goals. The Jackets dominated the Blues top to bottom, with only […]

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Battle Plan: Nov 17. St Louis at Columbus

As the Jackets prepare to host the St. Louis Blues, Columbus forward Jared Boll would be the first to tell you what matters most tonight is coming away with two points. But while the focus for the team remains on climbing back up the standings, there is an important tip of the cap to Boll […]

Logan Brown of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

OHL Game Notes 8/9: Windsor/Sudbury at Mississauga

After a week off from tracking live games, I made the trek back to Mississauga’s Hershey Centre on Friday for the Steelheads and Windsor Spitfires, and Sunday for the Steelheads and Sudbury Wolves. The main event was Friday’s tilt, as there were five top prospects to keep an eye on, as well as a few secondary prospects. […]

November 9-15 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Greetings, all! Time for the usual week in review. Starting off in the AHL, the Monsters continued their road trip with a school day game in Milwaukee and it wasn’t too pretty for the Monsters. The Admirals roared out to a 4-0 lead before the second period when Alex Broadhurst who has played quite strongly as of late, […]

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 14:  Cody Goloubef #29 of the Columbus Blue Jackets gets knocked down by Tobias Rieder #8 of the Arizona Coyotes during the first period on November 14, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Game Recap #18 Arizona @ Columbus

In one of the more exciting games of the season for the Columbus Hockey Blue Jackets, they were able to pick up a win, 5-2 against the Arizona Coyotes.

at Pepsi Center on October 24, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche 4-3.

Game Recap #17: Columbus @ Pittsburgh

Just like Tortorella drew it up, right? There was no shortage of curveballs headed into tonight’s game. The Blue Jackets went in to Pittsburgh off a hard loss to Vancouver, the second of two losses in as many games, and, with the late announcement that center Brandon Dubinsky was unable to play, ran a lineup […]