POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three days after leaving the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre ice surface in serious pain, Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray will hopefully soon get clarity on the next step in his recovery.

Murray injured his shoulder during a 5-0 road loss to the Victoria Royals and did not return. The second overall pick in June's NHL draft is the captain of the Everett Silvertips but also one of their top players, so his loss is significant.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.19.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Bill Davidge - Television Color Analyst / CBJ Today

(Photo courtesy of Miami athletics department)

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Blue Jackets TV analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in resources for college hockey information in the state of Ohio. He checks in with his latest update on CCHA action in the Buckeye State.


Friday: Miami skates to shootout win over Michigan State

After getting a chance to call some ECHL hockey with the Cincinnati Cyclones and our affiliate Evansville Icemen on Thursday night, I ventured back to my coaching training ground at Miami University for a Friday night contest against the Michigan State Spartans. The NHL lockout did not damper the collegiate crowd with scouts and NHL celebrities in the building. Chris Chelios was in attendance to watch his son Jake take the ice for the Spartans, but it proved to be a successful night for the RedHawks.

For the second time in as many games, sophomore forward Alex Wideman scored the shootout winner as the fourth-ranked RedHawks earned a 2-2 draw against Michigan State at Steve Cady Arena before earning the extra shootout point in the CCHA standings. It was a fast-paced affair and the skill level was extraordinary. In watching Miami, there was not a weak link on the ice -- that team can fly and puck skills were dominating. It was a true pleasure to watch this contest in a full building.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.19.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Blue Jackets fans are some of the most passionate in hockey, and they showed their dedication yet again recently in Erie, Pa. A large group of fans traveled to the Erie Insurance Arena and spent a weekend there, catching a game between two of the Blue Jackets' top prospects and getting to enjoy the city.

They were treated to a 6-1 Otters win but also a pretty impressive effort from Boone Jenner, who is now tied for the Ontario Hockey League's goal-scoring lead (20). JacketsTV caught up with some of the fans who made the trek to Erie and got their thoughts on the weekend:

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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.18.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Make no mistake: the Falcons were not at their best in a 2-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday night.

They were slow out of the gate and trailed all the way through. Only a late third-period goal from Tomas Kubalik drew Springfield within striking distance, and it was never that close. The Penguins owned the pace of the game from the start and Beau Bennett's pair of goals were good enough to be the difference.

Fast forward to this past weekend. The Falcons made their first trip to Norfolk, the home of the Admirals who are just a few months removed from breezing through the Calder Cup playoffs en route to a well-deserved championship.

Granted, it's a brand-new affiliation for the Admirals (moving from Tampa Bay to Anaheim over the offseason) but there is a strong winning tradition within the walls of the Scope Arena.

The Falcons mustered quite the weekend, answering Wednesday's disappointing loss with a pair of victories over Norfolk and regaining control of first place in the Eastern Conference.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.17.2012 / 10:01 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's been a rough stretch to start the season for the Everett Silvertips, and they may have been dealt their toughest hand yet.

Not only did the Silvertips lose handily to the Victoria Royals on Friday night, they may have lost their captain and best player for a significant period in the process. Ryan Murray, who missed time over the past couple of seasons (ankle injury last year), left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return.

Murray will reportedly undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, and more will be known after that is complete.


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POSTED ON Friday, 11.16.2012 / 4:21 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

The Blue Jackets are well aware how important the upcoming 2013 draft is to their future.

Two blockbuster trades in the past nine months have landed Columbus with two additional first-round picks in the draft, which will be held this summer at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. And while that date isn't part of the immediate future, the planning has already begun.

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson, in his fourth week on the job, is in Toronto with the team's amateur scouting staff for its annual meetings.

It's one of his first opportunities to get to know the staff, learn about the players they have interest in, and start to formulate a game plan for the remainder of the draft year.

But more than anything, it's a chance for Davidson to roll up his sleeves and get down to business with the Blue Jackets.


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POSTED ON Friday, 11.16.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

John Davidson is preparing for his first amateur scouting meetings as the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, but at least for one night, he was happy to relax and watch some hockey.

His hotel room had the NHL Network, allowing him to catch Ryan Murray captain Team WHL to a 1-0 shootout win over Russia last night in the fifth game of the CHL Subway Super Series in Vancouver on Wednesday.

Murray, picked second overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL Draft, was paired with Saskatoon Blades blue liner Duncan Siemens (a first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2011) and played a steady game on defense for the Canadian side.

He did not participate in the Super Series finale in Victoria, as Hockey Canada had a few more defensemen it wants to have a look at before the series concludes.

“I thought Ryan played very well,” Davidson told BlueJackets.com. “I also thought it was an outstanding hockey game with a lot of great young players."


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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 2:30 PM
By Jack Lyttle - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


ERIE, PA -- Blue Jackets fans can smell a good game of hockey from 240 miles away, particularly if the game features a pair of prospects with loads of potential.

A group of Blue Jackets supporters were among the nearly 3,000 fans in attendance Saturday inside the renovated Erie Insurance Arena.

BlueJackets.com was there to see the hometown Otters take on the Oshawa Generals in an Ontario Hockey League game. In addition to being attracted to a great hockey venue, which is still in the midst of a $47 million makeover, Blue Jackets fans were excited about the opportunity to see second-round draft pick (2011) Boone Jenner take the ice as the captain of the Generals.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 10:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Through four games of the CHL Subway Super Series, the Canadians had seen quite the mixed bag of results.

And as the series shifted to beautiful British Columbia for a closing duet of games in Vancouver and Victoria, the fate of the host side rested with the Western Hockey League (WHL). The first four games of the annual event -- which serves as a prime chance to evaluate prospects vying for Team Canada's squad at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships -- were split by the Russians and Team OHL/Team QMJHL.

Goals from Ryan Strome and Frank Carrado propelled Team OHL to a much-needed 2-1 win at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ont. on Monday night, setting the stage for an exciting finish to the series.

Much like the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, the main attraction of Team WHL's lineup last night in Vancouver was on the blue line.

Captained by Blue Jackets first-round pick (second overall) Ryan Murray, Team WHL's defense featured names like Griffin Reinhart (fourth overall, New York Islanders), Morgan Rielly (fifth overall, Toronto), and Matt Dumba (seventh overall, Minnesota).


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.12.2012 / 4:51 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For the second time in a week, a Blue Jackets prospect will captain the Canadian side of the CHL Subway Super Series.

The annual six-game exhibition is one of Hockey Canada's signature evaluation periods for the IIHF World Junior Championships, which will be held in Ufa, Russia just after the Christmas holiday.

For two weeks, the top prospects in the CHL's three member leagues go head-to-head with Russia's best prospects -- and it gives the Canadian management team a firsthand look at who's prepared to represent the country.


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