Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

OHL Game Notes 12: Erie @ Mississauga

Another big game for NHL draft eligible players on Friday night, as Erie came into Mississauga, with five potential first rounders in action. Erie is the OHL’s hottest team, and is tops in the CHL Top Ten rankings, with a high-flying offense lead by Dylan Strome. Coming into the game, they’d scored 109 goals, second in […]

Gavrikov notches an assist on his birthday

November 16-22 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Greetings, all! Time for the week in review starting off with the Monsters as we always do. Lake Erie was off on a three in three road trip to Iowa and Rockford. First up for a pair against the Wild. Friday night, when the CBJ would lose two Dmen to injury, two Monsters defensemen were […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 4: Ian Cole #28 of the St. Louis Blues looks to pass the puck against Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scottrade Center on January 4, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Game Recap #25 Columbus @ St. Louis

In a boring affair the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 3-1. After the high of last night, this game was a bit of a downer. Let’s take a bit of a deeper look. Highlights: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly The Good: The Start After an emotional […]

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Game Recap #24: Pittsburgh @ Columbus

Every once and a while there’s a game like tonight. Where two teams just go at it hard and there’s a balance of physicality and emotion and narrative that is rarely seen. If you ask the players and coaches, they’ll tell you it takes playoff series, or “breaking the other team’s heart” as head coach […]

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 06:  Justin Falk #44 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates during the second period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 6, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Battle Plan Nov 27: Pittsburgh at Columbus

Out of the mouths of babes. Seven-year-old Ellie Maetzold (daughter of FoxSports Ohio rinkside reporter, Dave Maetzold) attended today’s morning skate. After being noticed by head coach John Tortorella in his presser, it took Ellie – who was proudly wearing a number 47 jersey – all of two seconds to ask why defenseman Dalton Prout […]

The Postal Service on Monday launched PC Postage in Washington, D.C., a stamp that can be printed through personal computers. Consumers would go online and print with an ordinary laser or inkjet printer, a barcode on each envelope to indicate mail processing information and postage payment. (Photo by E-Stamp via Newsmakers)

Week Eight: Buckeye State Hockey Mailbag

Another week, another mailbag. We’ve got a good group of questions, so let’s get to it. It is a bit of a mixed bag but not in a bad way. The Blue Jackets under Todd Richards were not getting any of the bounces and were having a really tough time with Bobrovsky in net. The […]

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 25:  Ryan Johansen #19 of the Columbus Blue Jackets takes the puck as Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils defends in the first period on November 25, 2015 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Game Recap #23 Columbus @ New Jersey

In a bit of a back and forth affair, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 2-1. For the Jackets and their fans the evening was a night to “woo” over.


Union Blue Radio Episode 35: Do The Thing

Monday evening, Sam, Alison, and Matt talked the past week of CBJ. They also welcomed Ryan Stimson to chat Devils and the Passing Project! Hear them talk about Russian nesting dolls, superstar defenders, microcosms, prime rally time, hunkering down, Marc Methot, faceoffs, seeing the Penguins on the side, the power of suggestion, the Devils, the […]

at the Prudential Center on October 27, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.

Goal Breakdown: Back Door

“Back door” has a few different meanings. In hockey, it generally means when a player is sneaking onto the weak side of the ice, on the opposite side the goalie is facing, and he’s going to have to move across the crease to try and make a save. This is especially dangerous on the powerplay, […]

Canada Russia Series - Nov 19th, 2015

Scouting the 2015 Canada Russia Series

The Canada Russia Series (formerly 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’s focus was on the draft eligible […]

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 […]