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08-14-2013, 05:15 PM
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Corey Pronman ranks Jonathan Audy-Marchessault as the Blue Jackets' 4th best prospect. He's the only player to finish Top-10 in AHL scoring in each of the past two seasons.
4. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Left Wing
2011-12 Rank: 7th
Date of birth: 12/27/1990
Statistics: 74 GP, 21 G, 67 P (Springfield, AHL)
Acquired: Free agent
Year in Review: Audy-Marchessault had yet another great AHL season, finishing top 10 in league scoring for the second straight year, as well as getting a small cup of tea in the NHL.
The Good: Audy-Marchessault has all the offensive tools. He is a quick skater with good top speed. He is very skilled, bringing energy and a high pace, and makes a lot of plays with the puck. He has above-average all-around hockey sense. A former Rangers prospect, Audy-Marchessault is hard working; he battles for loose pucks, and he can kill penalties effectively.
The Bad: His only real issue is his size. Audy-Marchessault has some defensive value, but his value in the NHL likely has to come from offense, so the physical game question mark remains. He can be neutralized because of that weakness, sometimes enduring stretches without doing much.
Projection: He could be a second line forward
Pronman also ranked Tim Erixon as the third-best Under-22 player in the organization.
Erixon played in all situations in the AHL, where he displayed great puck-moving skill. His NHL time was inconsistent, as he had very impressive stretches at times, but it was also evident that he still has to work on getting stronger, as well as adjusting to the NHL level of play.
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