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CBJ Top 25 Under 25: Recap, results, discussion

Risers, fallers, honorable mentions, and more

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Yesterday, we reached the conclusion of our Top 25 Under 25 countdown for the Columbus Blue Jackets as of summer 2022. Thanks to everyone who voted! Today, we’re going to share some more information about the voting, and we’d like to hear your reactions: Do you agree with the rankings? Any glaring omissions? Anyone ranked too high or too low?

By the numbers

Biggest riser: Jake Christiansen (33 in 2021, 21 in 2022)
Second place: Cole Sillinger (9 in 2021, 2 in 2022)

Christiansen was easy to forget about, since he was signed just before things shut down in March 2020. He finally made his NHL debut this season, and apparently readers liked what they saw.

Biggest faller: Jake Bean (7 in 2021, 14 in 2022)
Second place: Liam Foudy (13 in 2021, 18 in 2022)

Jake Bean was a shiny new toy last summer, but got passed by other, younger defensemen in the year since. There are six defensemen ranked above him this year, including two drafted in the first round back in July.

In four years, Liam Foudy went from a first round pick to a bit of an afterthought. He was #22 on the list after being drafted in 2018, then shot up to #5 in 2019.

Appearances by draft class (CBJ draftees):

2022: 5 (Jiricek, Mateychuk, Del Bel Belluz, Dumais, Dolzenkhov)
2021: 4 (Sillinger, Johnson, Ceulemans, Svozil)
2020: 3 (Chinakhov, Knazko, Pyyhtia)
2019: 1 (Voronkov)
2018: 3 (Foudy, Marchenko, Fix-Wolansky)
2017: 3 (Texier, Tarasov, Bemstrom)
2016: 1 (Peeke)

Undrafted: 2 (Blankenburg, Christiansen)

Acquired by trade: 3 (Laine, Boqvist, Bean)

Half the list was selected over the last three drafts, and four of the five players not drafted by the Jackets were signed or acquired via trade since the beginning of 2021.

Positions:

Forward: 14
Defensemen: 10
Goalies: 1

Big year for the blue line. Two made the top 5 (Boqvist and Jiricek). There was a run of five straight, from #14 Bean to #10 Matechuk. Also a run from #22 through #20 (Svozil-Christiansen-Knazko).

Nationality:

Canada: 10 (Sillinger, Johnson, Mateychuk, Ceulemans, Bean, Del Bel Belluz, Foudy, Fix-Wolansky, Christiansen, Dumais)
Russia: 5 (Marchenko, Chinahkov, Tarasov, Voronkov, Dolzhenkov)
Finland: 2 (Laine, Pyyhtia)
Sweden: 2 (Boqvist, Bemstrom)
Czechia: 2 (Jiricek, Svozil)
USA: 2 (Peeke, Blankenburg)
France: 1 (Texier)
Slovakia: 1 (Knazko)

The scouts in the CHL and KHL/MHL/VHL are putting in work.

Random observations

How much would Alexandre Texier’s position have changed if we knew he wouldn’t be playing this season before we voted? The player is who he is, but will he be here in the future?

There was a remarkable level of consensus for the top three; not just which players were ranked there but in what order. 84 voters chose Laine first, 60 chose Sillinger second, and 34 chose Johnson third. 100% had Laine in the top three; 82.5% for Sillinger and 50.5% for Johnson.

My prediction: 9 of the top 15 will be on the roster at the start of the regular season. This will again be a very young team.

Honorable Mentions

Three players who didn’t make the list, but maybe should have:

Aidan Hreschuk, LHD: This is the player better known as the return we were disappointed with in the Max Domi trade. His freshman season at Boston College wasn’t earth-shattering, but he impressed Athletic writer Max Bultman at a Team USA camp this summer:

Hreschuk scored twice in Sunday’s mixed scrimmage, making it past the Sunday cuts. We’ll see whether he makes the final roster for next week, but his smooth skating and defending should put him in a good position for a spot on the 2023 team regardless.

Martin Rysavy, W: This is another player who may have made the list if the vote was a few weeks later. During last month’s World Junior Championship, Rysavy scored two goals in seven games. Let’s see if his scoring can improve in his second season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL.

Guillaume Richard, LHD: A fourth round pick in 2021, Richard was a +18 in his freshman season at Providence College, and put up 14 points. He’s a few years away from turning pro but he’s on the right track.

Writer Votes

Writer Votes

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# Burkus Josh PD Seeds
1 Sillinger Laine Laine Sillinger
2 Laine Sillinger Sillinger Laine
3 Boqvist Johnson Johnson Marchenko
4 Jiricek Marchenko Jiricek Boqvist
5 Texier Texier Boqvist Johnson
6 Johnson Jiricek Marchenko Tarasov
7 Marchenko Bemstrom Mateychuk Jiricek
8 Peeke Boqvist Tarasov Chinakhov
9 Chinakhov Mateychuk Chinakhov Mateychuk
10 Blankenburg TFW Ceulemans Bemstrom
11 Bean Chinakhov Dolzhekov Blankenburg
12 Mateychuk Blankenberg Del Bel Belluz Voronkov
13 Tarasov Tarasov Texier Texier
14 Bemstrom Voronkov Blankenburg Cuelemans
15 Ceulemans Ceulemans Peeke Knazo
16 TFW Peeke Bean Christiansen
17 LDBB Foudy Svozil Peeke
18 Christansen Knazko Knazko Bean
19 Foudy Bean Voronkov LDDB
20 Angle Christiansen Pyyhtia Malatesta
21 Knazko LDBB Ivanov Foudy
22 Svozil Malatesta Dumais Pyyhtia
23 Dunne Pyyhtia Richard Svozil
24 Greaves Svozil Christiansen Dunne
25 OJBH Dumais Hreshuk Dumais

Reader Votes

Reader Votes

Player 1 (25) 2 (24) 3 (23) 4 (22) 5 (21) 6 (20) 7 (19) 8 (18) 9 (17) 10 (16) 11 (15) 12 (14) 13 (13) 14 (12) 15 (11) 16 (10) 17 (9) 18 (8) 19 (7) 20 (6) 21 (5) 22 (4) 23 (3) 24 (2) 25 (1) Points
Player 1 (25) 2 (24) 3 (23) 4 (22) 5 (21) 6 (20) 7 (19) 8 (18) 9 (17) 10 (16) 11 (15) 12 (14) 13 (13) 14 (12) 15 (11) 16 (10) 17 (9) 18 (8) 19 (7) 20 (6) 21 (5) 22 (4) 23 (3) 24 (2) 25 (1) Points
Patrik Laine 84 11 2 2410
Cole Sillinger 6 60 14 6 7 1 1 2228
Kent Johnson 3 12 34 16 10 5 5 6 2 2 2 2104
Adam Boqvist 2 11 19 13 17 12 3 6 3 3 1 2 1840
David Jiricek 1 2 11 23 8 12 5 7 3 6 4 2 3 1 1746
Alexandre Texier 6 12 7 13 9 15 4 7 5 4 4 1 1 1710
Yegor Chinakhov 2 7 6 11 10 10 14 17 9 3 1 1 1623
Kirill Marchenko 1 2 3 11 14 12 10 11 4 4 5 2 2 2 4 1 1 1548
Daniil Tarasov 1 2 4 1 11 7 9 9 9 5 8 5 5 2 4 3 1 2 2 1501
Andrew Peeke 2 11 5 4 8 11 8 3 9 3 7 5 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1415
Jake Bean 1 1 6 3 4 8 8 13 5 4 9 8 10 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1326
Denton Mateychuk 1 1 4 3 5 15 9 4 8 4 8 7 3 2 2 1 1209
Corson Ceulemans 5 3 7 5 11 8 8 10 6 4 4 1 1 4 1 1 1 1121
Nick Blankenburg 1 1 3 1 2 6 8 12 5 8 6 7 7 1 4 1 3 1 955
Emil Bemstrom 1 2 2 2 3 6 5 3 5 6 5 3 7 6 8 2 2 1 2 1 892
Liam Foudy 1 2 2 3 2 3 6 5 4 8 8 6 8 4 1 2 3 4 1 780
Luca Del Bel Belluz 2 5 1 4 8 7 8 6 9 7 1 8 4 1 1 1 741
Dmitri Voronkov 2 4 2 2 7 4 2 4 9 5 6 4 3 2 1 1 514
Stanislav Svozil 1 1 1 2 4 5 7 5 3 3 7 4 2 5 6 2 438
Trey Fix-Wolansky 2 1 2 2 2 5 3 7 8 7 6 1 7 1 354
Jake Christiansen 1 1 2 2 1 2 4 4 6 4 5 3 3 2 2 2 345
Jordan Dumais 1 1 1 2 5 1 2 7 2 4 6 5 1 6 268
Samuel Knazko 1 1 2 2 1 4 2 4 5 5 2 4 3 3 258
Tyler Angle 2 1 1 3 2 3 2 4 1 4 2 7 3 5 246
Mikael Pyyhtia 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 1 4 5 2 5 5 172
James Malatesta 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 4 3 7 5 132
Jet Greaves 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 5 5 1 126
Josh Dunne 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 1 1 117
Guillaume Richard 1 1 1 1 2 5 1 2 2 3 109
Aidan Hreschuk 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 104
Kirill Dolzhenkov 1 1 1 1 2 2 4 3 1 6 99
Sergei Ivanov 1 1 2 1 1 4 4 3 4 99
Nikolai Makarov 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 91
Ole Julian Bjorgvik Holm 1 1 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 89
Tim Berni 1 2 1 2 1 3 1 1 75
Martin Rysavy 1 1 2 3 48
Eric Hjorth 2 1 1 3 2 28
Ben Boyd 1 1 1 2 22
James Fisher 1 1 1 1 4 21
Samuel Johannesson 1 1 3
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