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    Blue Jacket's Prospects Thread

    Centers

    Derick Brassard -- The opportunity is there for Brassard to grab one of the center positions on the Blue Jackets this season. Brassard had shoulder surgery early last season and missed most of his final junior season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He did return for the final 14 games and had six goals and 25 points. Drummondville also finished 8-0-0-2. Brassard led the Voltigeurs in scoring as they eliminated the Quebec Remparts in the first round, then fell to Rouyn-Noranda in the second round. Brassard had an outstanding junior career, being named the QMJHL rookie of the year and in his third season being named Offensive Player of the Year.

    "He suffered a major injury before last season started and underwent surgery," Howson said. "He tested fairly well at our development camp and the shoulder seems to be fine. He has an appealing skill set and sees the ice very well. His strength is good and his skill is evident. The players will decide who makes the team. If someone is good enough, he'll be on the roster, but we never expect a first-year player out of junior to make it. If he does, great. We expect he will play some games with the Blue Jackets this year. Whether that's out of training camp or later after he's played in Syracuse, his play will dictate that."

    Left winger

    Joakim Lindstrom -- This could be the year that Lindstrom sticks with the Blue Jackets. He can play either wing and he's got pretty good size at 6-foot, 187 pounds. He was the Syracuse Crunch's leading scorer last season with 22 goals and 48 points in 50 games. He also played nine games with the Blue Jackets, scoring his first NHL goal in December. He also played three games for Columbus the previous season. Lindstrom was given a really good look in the last five Columbus games last season, even seeing time on the second power-play unit. He's a second-round pick from 2002 and 24-years-old so the Blue Jackets are looking for him to make an impact now.

    "He's got good skills and he had a little taste of the NHL last year," Howson said. "He has to learn how to compete more consistently. If he does that, he has a skill set that is NHL caliber."

    Right wingers

    Adam Pineault -- You'd think a player named Pineault who starred in the QMJHL grew up in Quebec, but he's from the Central Massachusetts city of Holyoke and played a year at Boston College. Pineault left the Eagles to play two seasons for coach Ted Nolan and the Moncton Wildcats. He had an outstanding 14-goal playoff run when Moncton went to the Memorial Cup two years ago. Pineault struggled a bit last season in his first AHL season, but he finished well. Columbus loves his 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame and his strong shot. He was called up last season, but didn't play.

    "Adam looked good at prospects camp," Howson said. "He's a big man who really came on in the second half last year in Syracuse. We expect he will contend for a position this year in Columbus. He may need a little more time. He has to keep improving his quickness. He has done that but must still work on it to get here sooner rather than later.”

    Defensemen

    Kris Russell -- A future Lady Byng Trophy winner at defense? Think Phil Housley. Russell is 5-foot-10 and 177 pounds, but he's a great puck mover and plays his position sufficiently well to be twice named the Western Hockey League's Top Defenseman. He also won the league's most sportsmanlike player trophy twice. Russell had 98 goals and 196 points in 241 WHL games, including a 32-goals, 67-point season in his final year with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He plays with intensity and showed great leadership skills as Medicine Hat's captain. Russell was a key member of two gold-medal World Junior teams for Canada.

    "He was a special player in junior hockey," Howson said. "He was the WHL defenseman of the year again, a Memorial Cup finalist and a winner at the World Juniors two years in a row. He is an elite skater and he has great hockey sense. Kris plays a thinking man's game and he has the skating ability to get to pucks quicker. He's not big in stature and he'll have to navigate his way in playing against men. Defense is a harder position for a smaller man to play in the NHL. He may need some time in Syracuse."


    Defenseman Marc Methot may be the most advanced of all of the prospects who will be contending for roster spots during the Blue Jackets' upcoming training camp.

    Marc Methot -- Nobody has ever had high expectations for Methot, but he keeps progressing. He was an afterthought with the London Knights' Memorial Cup champions and a sixth-round pick in 2003. But Methot has that quality so prized in modern times, he plays well with others. His positioning is excellent. He almost always makes the safe play. He crushes opponents around his net and along the boards. He kills penalties. He rarely scores, but his passing is reliable. Methot led the OHL with a plus-52 rating in 2004-05 and made the OHL All-Star team. He had a goal and 15 assists in 59 games last year in his second season with Syracuse and earned a 20-game call-up to Columbus, in which he had four assists. Methot is a defensive defenseman who could win a top-six spot on the Blue Jackets.

    "Marc's a big guy who moves well. He's going to have a long career in the NHL," Howson said. "He had a strong audition here last year, at the end of the season. He should contend for a position. If he's not ready at the beginning of the season, I expect he'll get some games later. He's got experience in winning. He won the Memorial Cup by playing a defensive role for an outstanding London Knights' club. We got him in the sixth round because he was a hidden player in terms of what he could do. After he was drafted, he really came on and he had two good years in the AHL."

    Goalies

    Steve Mason -- The Blue Jackets seem to have an intuition about underutilized London Knights rookies. They took Mason with the 69th pick in the 2006 draft, although he had played only 12 games. Scout Rick Walmsley had seen him play in Tier II. This year, Mason was the OHL goaltender of the year while setting a league record with 45 wins. Mason went 45-13-1-3 record with a 3.20 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 62 games with the London Knights. He led the club to their fourth consecutive division title despite facing one of the highest shot totals in the league. Mason has a good chance of being Canada's goalie at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

    "Steve has had really only one good year in London," Howson said. "He didn't play much the year before. The Blue Jackets took a flyer after seeing him play games that weren't part of his London experience. He played some Tier II, just to get some games in. He had an outstanding performance last year, one of the top goalies in junior hockey. He'll be one of the three goalies playing against the Russians in the Challenge this fall. He's a very good prospect in our pipeline."

    Tomas Popperle -- It's probably fair to say no one owns the Blue Jackets' goaltending position. Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena top the depth chart. Czech goalie Tomas Popperle and Dan Lacosta played in Syracuse and Adam Munro was signed as a free agent this summer by the Crunch. Popperle has played a season in the Czech Elite League, a season in the German Elite League and one year in Syracuse. He had a tough start last year but finished 9-4-1 and looked like a much improved goaltender.

    "Tomas had a slow start in his first North American pro year," Howson said. "He was a very good goalie by the end of the year. He led Syracuse in a playoff drive after they were essentially out of it. He finished strongly and we expect him to take another jump this year. Just this time, do it for the whole year."
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    Prospects Playoff Update: April 10
    Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first pick (seventh overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, notched three assists in the opening round series finale over the Victoriaville Tigers, a decisive 7-0 Halifax win. Voracek had a goal in the Mooseheads' 4-3 quarter-final opening win over Cape Breton and then added an assist in a 5-4 Halifax victory in game two. The playmaker came alive in game three, registering a goal to go along with two helpers as the Mooseheads' took a 3-0 stranglehold on the series with a big 4-3 win. He had one assist in game four, won by the Screaming Eagles 4-3. In 10 post-season games, the young Czech has four goals and 11 assists.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Kitchener Rangers vs Sarnia Sting
    Kitchener sweeps semi-final series 4-0

    World Junior Championship gold medalist goaltender Steve Mason, selected 69th overall by Columbus in the 2006 Entry Draft, was brilliant in helping his Rangers sweep Sarnia in the second round of the OHL playoffs. After missing two starts in the opening series against Plymouth with the flu, Mason rebounded with a 38-save shutout in the first game versus the Sting and then stopped an amazing 62 of 64 shots faced, including 25 in three overtime periods, in a 3-2 3OT win. He was named the first star in both games and also earned OHL Player of the Week honors. But Mason left midway through game three and sat again for game four, both 6-2 Kitchener wins. It's believed that he is still suffering lingering effects of an illness. Overall, Mason is 5-0 with a 1.92 goal against average and a sparkling .946 save percentage in six post-season appearances.

    Niagara IceDogs vs Oshawa Generals
    IceDogs down 3-1 to the Generals

    Stefan Legein, Columbus's second-round pick in 2007 (37th overall), had a hot hand in the opening round of the OHL post season, scoring four goals to go along with five assists in a 4-0 Niagara sweep of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. It's been tougher sledding for Legein and the IceDogs in round two as the Oakville, Ontario native has faced off with his childhood friend John Tavares, regarded as one of the best players in junior hockey and a possible future number one overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Legein grabbed an assist in a game one loss but did manage to score twice in Niagara's lone victory, a 5-3 win in game two. He was held pointless in a game three IceDogs loss and had an assist in game four, a 6-4 Oshawa win.

    Western Hockey League

    Swift Current Broncos vs Calgary Hitmen
    Series tied 1-1

    Jesse Dudas, a big, puck-moving defenseman drafted 159th overall by Columbus in 2006, is still unable to suit up for the Broncos because of a broken wrist he suffered after being hit from behind in the opening round of the WHL playoffs against the Regina Pats.

    USHL Playoffs

    Sioux Falls Stampede vs Lincoln Stars
    Stampede down 1-0 in series

    Jake Hansen, the Jackets' fourth selection (68th overall) of last year's Entry Draft, established himself as one of the premier point producers in American junior hockey this season with 31 goals and 27 assists in 60 games for the Stampede. He was held off of the scoresheet in the series opener with Lincoln but did manage to create some opportunities, registering five shots on goal. He was third in the league in that department during the regular season with 208. Game two is Friday night in Sioux Falls.

    Chicago Steel vs Indiana Ice
    Series opens Friday, April 11 in Indiana

    The Steel feature Columbus draft pick Will Weber, a towering defenseman chosen 53rd overall in the 2007 Draft. Weber impressed as a first year junior, scoring eight times to go along with 10 assists, while posting a solid +12 rating. Three of his goals came on Chicago power plays. Weber also plays with plenty of grit and toughness – he had 137 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games – so he could thrive in the physical environment of the USHL playoffs.

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    Prospects Playoff Update: April 10
    Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first pick (seventh overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, notched three assists in the opening round series finale over the Victoriaville Tigers, a decisive 7-0 Halifax win. Voracek had a goal in the Mooseheads' 4-3 quarter-final opening win over Cape Breton and then added an assist in a 5-4 Halifax victory in game two. The playmaker came alive in game three, registering a goal to go along with two helpers as the Mooseheads' took a 3-0 stranglehold on the series with a big 4-3 win. He had one assist in game four, won by the Screaming Eagles 4-3. In 10 post-season games, the young Czech has four goals and 11 assists.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Kitchener Rangers vs Sarnia Sting
    Kitchener sweeps semi-final series 4-0

    World Junior Championship gold medalist goaltender Steve Mason, selected 69th overall by Columbus in the 2006 Entry Draft, was brilliant in helping his Rangers sweep Sarnia in the second round of the OHL playoffs. After missing two starts in the opening series against Plymouth with the flu, Mason rebounded with a 38-save shutout in the first game versus the Sting and then stopped an amazing 62 of 64 shots faced, including 25 in three overtime periods, in a 3-2 3OT win. He was named the first star in both games and also earned OHL Player of the Week honors. But Mason left midway through game three and sat again for game four, both 6-2 Kitchener wins. It's believed that he is still suffering lingering effects of an illness. Overall, Mason is 5-0 with a 1.92 goal against average and a sparkling .946 save percentage in six post-season appearances.

    Niagara IceDogs vs Oshawa Generals
    IceDogs down 3-1 to the Generals

    Stefan Legein, Columbus's second-round pick in 2007 (37th overall), had a hot hand in the opening round of the OHL post season, scoring four goals to go along with five assists in a 4-0 Niagara sweep of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. It's been tougher sledding for Legein and the IceDogs in round two as the Oakville, Ontario native has faced off with his childhood friend John Tavares, regarded as one of the best players in junior hockey and a possible future number one overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Legein grabbed an assist in a game one loss but did manage to score twice in Niagara's lone victory, a 5-3 win in game two. He was held pointless in a game three IceDogs loss and had an assist in game four, a 6-4 Oshawa win.

    Western Hockey League

    Swift Current Broncos vs Calgary Hitmen
    Series tied 1-1

    Jesse Dudas, a big, puck-moving defenseman drafted 159th overall by Columbus in 2006, is still unable to suit up for the Broncos because of a broken wrist he suffered after being hit from behind in the opening round of the WHL playoffs against the Regina Pats.

    USHL Playoffs

    Sioux Falls Stampede vs Lincoln Stars
    Stampede down 1-0 in series

    Jake Hansen, the Jackets' fourth selection (68th overall) of last year's Entry Draft, established himself as one of the premier point producers in American junior hockey this season with 31 goals and 27 assists in 60 games for the Stampede. He was held off of the scoresheet in the series opener with Lincoln but did manage to create some opportunities, registering five shots on goal. He was third in the league in that department during the regular season with 208. Game two is Friday night in Sioux Falls.

    Chicago Steel vs Indiana Ice
    Series opens Friday, April 11 in Indiana

    The Steel feature Columbus draft pick Will Weber, a towering defenseman chosen 53rd overall in the 2007 Draft. Weber impressed as a first year junior, scoring eight times to go along with 10 assists, while posting a solid +12 rating. Three of his goals came on Chicago power plays. Weber also plays with plenty of grit and toughness – he had 137 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games – so he could thrive in the physical environment of the USHL playoffs.

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    Prospects Playoff Update: April 17
    Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first pick (seventh overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, had an assist in the Mooseheads' 5-2 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, a result that lifted Halifax to a 4-1 series win in the Q's quarter final playoff round. Entering the semi finals against Gatineau, Voracek has four goals and 12 assists in 11 playoff games this season.

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    Kitchener Rangers vs Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
    Kitchener leads OHL Western Conference final 1-0

    World Junior Championship gold medalist goaltender Steve Mason, selected 69th overall by Columbus in the 2006 Entry Draft, has been near perfect when suiting up in the OHL playoffs. Mason is 5-0 with a 1.92 goal against average and a .946 save percentage in six post-season appearances but it's believed the young standout goalie is suffering from a groin injury. He missed the last two games of Kitchener's 4-0 sweep of the Sarnia Sting in round two and then once again gave way to Josh Unice, a native of Holland, Ohio, in a 3-1 series opening win over Sault Ste. Marie. Mason could be back at some point during the conference final. "We hope Mason will be back this series, but I won't go into it (the injury) any deeper than that," Kitchener head coach and GM Peter DeBoer told the Sault Star following the Rangers' game one victory.

    Western Hockey League

    Swift Current Broncos vs Calgary Hitmen
    Hitmen win series 4-2

    Jesse Dudas, a big, puck-moving defenseman drafted 159th overall by Columbus in 2006, suffered a broken wrist after being hit from behind in the opening round of the WHL playoffs against the Regina Pats. But Dudas showed tremendous grit and returned to the Swift Current lineup for game 2 of the second round against Calgary. He picked up an assist in a 6-5 2OT Hitmen win then went without a point in a 3-2 Broncos loss in game 3. With Swift Current in desperate need of a win, Dudas had his best game of the series with a goal, an assist, a +2 rating and six PIMs in a decisive 5-2 Broncos win in game 4 on April 11. The Hitmen closed the series out 4-2 with an 8-4 victory the following night.

    Lethbridge Hurricanes vs Calgary Hitmen
    Series opens Thursday in Calgary

    Ben Wright, the Jackets' fourth round selection (113th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft, is known as a technically-sound, stay-at-home D-man but the Lethbridge captain has chipped in on the offensive end throughout an impressive post season run for the Hurricanes. Wright has eight assists through 11 playoff games, none bigger than when he set up the game-winning goal in overtime to help Lethbridge take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Kootenay Ice in the second round of the WHL playoffs back on April 9. The Hurricanes eliminated the Ice two nights later in a 3-0 victory, winning the series 4-1. In the opening round against the Brandon Wheat Kings (won by Lethbridge 4-2), Wright registered six of his eight assists, with two multi-points games. He is also +7 in the 11 games with 15 PIMs.

    USHL Playoffs

    Sioux Falls Stampede vs Lincoln Stars
    Lincoln leads series 3-0

    Jake Hansen, the Jackets' fourth selection (68th overall) of last year's Entry Draft, established himself as one of the premier point producers in American junior hockey this season with 31 goals and 27 assists in 60 games for the Stampede. He was held off of the scoresheet in the first two games against Lincoln but did manage to produce some opportunities, registering eight shots on goal in the two contests. In the third game of the series, Hansen scored his first of the post season to tie things at 2-2 but after the Stampede took a 3-2 lead, Lincoln scored five straight times in an eventual 7-3 blowout to even the series.

    Chicago Steel vs Indiana Ice
    Steel lead the series 2-1

    The Steel feature Columbus draft pick Will Weber, a big defenseman chosen 53rd overall in the 2007 Draft. Weber has been out of the lineup in all three Steel playoff games.

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    Minor League Report: April 22
    SYRACUSE CRUNCH

    2007-08 RECORD: 46-26-2-6, 100 points, (27-9-1-3 home, 19-17-1-3 road), second place, North Division

    THIS WEEK'S GAMES

    Tuesday, April 22 @ Manitoba (46-27-3-4, 99 points) third place, North Division

    Friday, April 25 @ Manitoba (46-27-3-4, 99 points) third place, North Division

    Saturday, April 26 @ Manitoba (46-27-3-4, 99 points) third place, North Division

    LAST WEEK'S RESULT

    Friday, April 18 - CRUNCH 2, Manitoba 1

    Saturday, April 19 - Manitoba 3, CRUNCH 2

    HOME TEAM IN CAPS

    CRUNCH AND MOOSE EVEN AT 1-1: If you were trying to find two teams in the American Hockey League more evenly matched than Syracuse Crunch and the Manitoba Moose, you would be hard-pressed to do so.

    After the first two games of their North Division Semi-final Series, both teams have come away with a win. Both games have needed overtime to decide a winner. The Crunch have a slight 67-66 shots advantage in the series.

    Both teams play a brash, in-your-face style of hockey and neither team backs down from a challenge. Both teams have a good mix of skill and grit and good goaltending. During the regular season, these two teams split the season series 2-2. Manitoba held the advantage in total goals, 12-11.



    DEFENSEMEN CONTRIBUTING OFFENSIVELY: The Crunch have gotten significant offensive contributions from their defensemen in the first two games of this series.

    Three out of Syracuse's four goals so far in the playoffs have come from blueliners. Experienced veteran David Cullen leads all players in the series with three points (1g, 2a). Rookie Andrei Plekhanov has two points (1g, 1a). Duvie Westcott's goal with six minutes left on Saturday forced overtime.

    Joakim Lindstrom is the only Crunch forward to score a goal in the series. He notched the overtime-winner Friday night.

    THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:

    MANITOBA MOOSE (VANCOUVER CANUCKS): The Crunch travel west to Winnipeg as their North Division Semifinal Series shifts to the MTS Centre for games three, four and five on April 22, 25 and 26, respectively. The Crunch and Moose split the season series 2-2, with both teams winning their respective home games. The Crunch are 11-11-2 all-time against Manitoba during the regular season. Crunch leading scorer and 2008 AHL All-Star Joakim Lindstrom led all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring during the regular season with 5 points (3g, 2a), and has 2 points (1g, 1a) in the first two games of this series, including the overtime-winning goal in Game One. Crunch defenseman David Cullen leads all players in the first two games of the series with 3 points (1g, 2a). Jason Jaffray (4g, 1a) and Jimmy Sharrow (1g, 4a), led all Moose players with 5 points each during the regular season series. Nine different players have recorded at least a point for Manitoba in the series thus far.

    SYRACUSE CRUNCH DAY DECLARED IN ONONDAGA COUNTY: The Syracuse Crunch announced Saturday that County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney declared April 19, 2008 as 'Syracuse Crunch Day' in Onondaga County.

    Mahoney, who was on-hand at Saturday's North Division Semifinal Game Two between the Crunch and Manitoba Moose, formally announced the proclamation in a pre-game ceremony. In addition, Mahoney participated in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the start of the game.

    CRUNCHABLES: The Crunch were the only team in the AHL to finish the regular season in the top five in both the power play (20.6%, fifth) and penalty killing (86.0%, fourth)... Syracuse finished the 2007-08 campaign with the second most points in franchise history (100)… It was only the second time in the team's 14-year history that it has reached the 45-win and 100-point plateau… The Crunch had 13 players record 20 points or more this season… Joakim Lindstrom's overtime-winner in Game One was his first game-winning goal of the post-season…He led the Crunch with seven (7) game-winners during the regular season… The Crunch had a total of six (6) rookies make their AHL playoff debuts this past weekend and fifteen (15) players made their playoff debuts as a member of the Crunch.

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    Prospects Playoff Updates
    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads vs. Gatineau Olympiques
    Gatineau leads series 3-0

    Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first pick (seventh overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, scored Halifax's lone goal in a 2-1 Mooseheads loss in the QMJHL semi-final series opener against the Olympiques. In game two, a 4-3 Gatineau win, he managed to register just an assist despite having ample opportunity in the offensive end – he led all players on both teams with 10 shots on goal. Voracek was held off of the scoresheet in game three as Halifax was sent to the brink of elimination in a 6-1 loss. The future Blue Jacket has had a decent playoff run overall, scoring five goals to go along with 13 assists in 14 playoff games this season.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Kitchener Rangers vs. Belleville Bulls
    OHL final series begins April 30 in Kitchener

    World Junior Championship gold medalist goaltender Steve Mason, selected 69th overall by Columbus in the 2006 Entry Draft, will miss the remainder of the playoffs after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a minor tear. Acquired by the Rangers from the London Knights earlier this season, Mason will be unable to play in the Memorial Cup, which Kitchener will host May 16-25. According to The Hockey News, Mason limped off of the ice in game three of the Rangers' semi-final match-up with the Sarnia Sting. He never returned to action and finished 5-0 with a 1.92 goal against average and a .946 save percentage in six post-season appearances. Josh Unice, a native of Holland, Ohio, has replaced the star netminder.

    Western Hockey League

    Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Calgary Hitmen
    Lethbridge sweeps series 4-0

    Ben Wright, the Jackets' fourth round selection (113th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft, continued his impressive post-season performance in game one of the WHL semi-final with Calgary with a crucial goal en route to a 5-2 Lethbridge win. The captain had a +1 rating in the Hurricanes' 4-3 game-two win and was again +1 in a 6-0 Lethbridge blowout victory in game three. In the series finale, a 4-2 Hurricanes win, Wright added another assist and registered a +2 rating. He has a goal and nine assists in 15 playoff games so far. Wright was +15 in 69 regular season games and is already +13 overall in the post-season. Lethbridge will face the winner of the other WHL semi between the Tri-City Americans and the Spokane Chiefs, a series currently tied 2-2.

    USHL Playoffs

    Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Lincoln Stars
    Lincoln wins series 3-0

    Jake Hansen, the Jackets' fourth selection (68th overall) of last year's Entry Draft, had one goal in three playoff games against the Lincoln Stars. The Stars swept the Stampede 3-0.

    Chicago Steel vs Waterloo Black Hawks
    Waterloo leads series 1-0

    Columbus draft pick Will Weber, a big defenseman chosen 53rd overall in the 2007 Draft, has been unable to compete in the playoffs for Chicago after undergoing surgery on his left wrist two weeks ago. Weber suffered a fracture in the wrist earlier this season but eventually returned to the lineup. As the playoffs approached, Weber couldn't suit up. "He felt some pain in his wrist that just wasn't going away," says Steel head coach Steve Poapst. Surgery was therefore a necessity and though Weber is ahead of schedule, he isn't expected to participate in the remainder of the USHL post-season.

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    Prospects Playoff Update: May 1
    Voracek's season ends, Wright's season continues May 2
    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads vs Gatineau Olympiques
    Gatineau Sweeps Series 4-0

    Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first pick (seventh overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, had a tough time finding the net, as well as helping to keep the puck out of his own, in a four-game semi-final sweep of his Mooseheads by Gatineau. The future Blue Jacket had a decent playoff run overall for Halifax, scoring five goals to go along with 13 assists in 15 playoff games this season.

    Western Hockey League

    Lethbridge Hurricanes vs Spokane Chiefs
    Series begins May 2 in Spokane

    Defenseman Ben Wright, the Jackets' fourth round selection (113th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft, has a goal and nine assists in 15 playoff games so far this season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Hurricanes' captain was +15 in 69 regular season games and is already +13 overall in the post-season.
    Ontario Hockey League

    Kitchener Rangers vs. Belleville Bulls
    Kitchener Leads Series 1-0

    World Junior Championship gold medalist goaltender Steve Mason, selected 69th overall by Columbus in the 2006 Entry Draft, will miss the remainder of the playoffs after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a minor tear. Acquired by the Rangers from the London Knights earlier this season, Mason will be unable to play in the Memorial Cup, which Kitchener will host May 16-25. According to The Hockey News, Mason limped off of the ice in game three of the Rangers' semi-final match-up with the Sarnia Sting. He never returned to action and finished 5-0 with a 1.92 goal against average and a .946 save percentage in six post-season appearances. Josh Unice, a native of Holland, Ohio, has replaced the star netminder.

    USHL Playoffs
    Chicago Steel vs Waterloo Black Hawks
    Waterloo Wins Series 3-0

    Columbus draft pick Will Weber, a big defenseman chosen 53rd overall in the 2007 Draft, has been unable to compete in the playoffs for Chicago after undergoing surgery on his left wrist three weeks ago. Weber suffered a fracture in the wrist earlier this season but eventually returned to the lineup. As the playoffs approached, Weber couldn't suit up. "He felt some pain in his wrist that just wasn't going away," says Steel head coach Steve Poapst. Surgery was therefore a necessity and though Weber is ahead of schedule, he isn't expected to participate in the remainder of the USHL post-season.

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    I feel that lidstrom is going to be one of their best prospects

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    I just wanna say Good call Cynomatic you called out Steve Mason being awesome before he took off) hopefully it was not a 1 time thing now that we have traded proven elite goalie pascal leclaire at the drop of a hat.

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    I thought jacket was too good to be true when I bought the hoodless, cycling version, and indeed, it was. Yes, it's inexpensive, light, packable, keeps rain out, surprisingly breathable, and even U.S.-made.

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