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Cannon Blasts: Checking in on some prospects

Plus, meet some new writers!

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinal, Leg 1: Ak Bars Kazan 4 - 1 Salavat Yulayev Ufa Photo by Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images

The Columbus Blue Jackets are bad now, so let’s look on the bright side with some updates on the top prospects:

First, 2019 seventh round pick Tyler Angle signed his entry level contract, effective beginning next season. He scored 67 points in 62 games with the Windsor Spitfires last season, but with the OHL indefinitely suspended, he joined the Cleveland Monsters this season on a tryout contract. He has impressed in a short amount of time with eight goals through eight games (four goals and four assists).

Another new addition to the Monsters is goaltender Daniil Tarasov, the third round pick in 2017. He made his North American professional debut on Saturday night and got the win thanks to 28 saves, including this one for the highlight reel:

Over in the KHL, the Gagarin Cup playoffs have reached the final four, with three Blue Jackets farmhands still in action. So far in the playoffs:

Kirill Marchenko (SKA St. Petersburg): 2 G, 1 A in 11 GP
Yegor Chinakhov (Avangard Omsk): 4 G, 1 A in 10 GP
Dmitri Voronkov (Ak Bars Kazan): 2 G, 1 A in 9 GP

Bringing Chinakhov to North America next season remains an off-season priority.

Speaking of new additions...

I’m pleased to introduce to you to some new members of the Cannon Staff: Dale, Meredith, and Josh.

Dale (who you know from the comments as Dalerrific) currently lives just south of Nashville, TN, but spent most of his life in the Columbus area. He’s been a Blue Jackets fan since their inception and a Cannon reader since 2013. The Blue Jackets are his #1, but he’s also an avid follower of Kentucky basketball and football (insert snarky remark about UK football here). In the “off-season”, you can often find him and his family hiking, climbing waterfalls, and exploring Tennessee. He’s very excited to join the team and looks forward to sharing more of his thoughts with this community.

Meredith is a native of Columbus, played division 1 field hockey at Davidson College, and her son plays hockey with JLGP’s Belfry Hockey bantam AA Travel. She’s been a CBJ fan since watching 2014 playoffs versus Pittsburgh, is a creator and writer for medical blog, and a physician at Mount Carmel.

Josh made his debut with yesterday’s recap. He’s a copy editor during the day, and a new dad in his spare time. He adds, “I, like a few others here, am a huge BJORKSTRAND fan, and super collector of his cards. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts (rants) with you all.”

Give them all a warm Cannon welcome! Also, I must give big thanks to Will, Rachel, MrSwift, and Elaine who helped me carry the load through the uncertain pandemic times. A special thanks goes to elpalito for pitching in on Saturday game coverage in February and March.

The week that was

Back to back embarrassing losses in Detroit, followed by a regulation win in Tampa! Sadly, the joy was short-lived as a repeat strong effort against the Lightning wasn’t enough to hold off a late comeback. Finally, another weekend back to back sweep this time at the hand of the Florida Panthers.

After showing life in four games against the Hurricanes, a 1-5-0 road trip won’t cut it.

In the latest entry in the Jackets 20, Will paid tribute to the leadership of Brandon Dubinsky.

An NHL official got caught on a hot mic admitting what we all knew, that referees seek to give penalties to certain teams at certain times in the name of fairness. I complained about this and proposed some other reforms.

The Cannon Cast discussed how the sweep in Detroit blew all good will from the Carolina series.

I reviewed the highly streaky month of March.

MrSwift has written numerous times calling for the firing of John Tortorella, so we thought it would be fun on April Fool’s Day to flip the script. I’ve normally insisted on avoiding joke posts on that day, but this idea was too good to pass up.

On Deck

Tuesday and Thursday: vs Tampa Bay
Saturday: vs Chicago

It should feel good to be back home, though another long road trip looms next week. As I wrote in my recap last Sunday, I’m more interested in seeing the team play with consistency than I am in getting my hopes up that they can get back in the playoff race. Just give some good efforts for the fans in Nationwide.

Around the League

The big news of the week is that the Vancouver Canucks are getting ravaged by COVID-19, with some players contracting a new strain from Brazil which is more severe. Nucks Misconduct breaks down the details and the ramifications for the Canucks and for the rest of the league. It’s an important reminder that even elite athletes can be hit hard by the disease, and that despite the declining case numbers in Ohio and the increasing number of vaccinations, the pandemic remains an active concern worldwide.

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