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Back to junior: Jackets send Jenner, Isles send Strome and Reinhart

Jan 17, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

Boone Jenner

Several NHL clubs have sent their junior-eligible prospects back to the Canadian Hockey League. Here are a few of the more notable assignments:

Jackets drop Jenner

The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent forward Boone Jenner back to OHL Oshawa. Jenner, 19, is currently one of the Ontario League’s top scorers and recently played with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.

The Jackets selected Jenner in the second round — 37th overall — of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and many figured Jenner would be in the mix for a roster spot, given he’s skilled enough to play in the top nine and physical enough for a fourth-line energy role.

Instead, he was dropped.

“Tough decision,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “Our goal is to get Boone playing where, career-wise, he’s able to develop and get him up to his maximum level as soon as possible. We’re getting him back where he can play in every situation.”

Isles assign Reinhart, Strome

New York have sent their top picks from 2011 and 2012 — forward Ryan Strome and defenseman Griffin Reinhart — to OHL Niagara and WHL Edmonton, respectively.

The Isles took Strome fifth overall last year and Reinhart fourth overall this year. It seemed unlikely that Reinhart, 18, had a shot to make the club but some figured Strome could be in the mix for a spot given his production in the Ontario League (fourth in scoring with 62 points in 32 games) and his play with Team Canada at the World Juniors (four goals in six games.)

Sens send Noesen, Ceci

Ottawa returned 2011 first-rounder (21st overall) Stefan Noesen and 2012 first-rounder (15th overall) back to OHL Plymouth and Owen Sound, respectively.

Neither were expected to make the team.

  1. gooze930 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    And I repeat this is why Garth Snow is a joke.

    • bcisleman - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Why is that? Usually the haters have zinged him because they have felt he has rushed prospects into the NHL too fast. Now you are ripping him for taking it slow. Guess haters have to find a way to hate no matter what, huh?

    • jl9830 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Why, because he doesn’t want to rush a 19 year old into the NHL? People bashed Garth Snow for rushing Bailey, and now they’re bashing him for not rushing Strome. What do people want? Oh, I know: some people will whine and complain regardless.

      Garth Snow, in fact, is not a joke. If you decide to look past old stigmas and actually pay attention to what Snow’s done in reality, you’d see he’s not a joke. But that’s probably too much work for you so go ahead, carry on complaining.

      • wills19 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        what about them wanting to trade all there draft picks in last years draft to columbus for there 2nd round pick? I still can’t get over who’s dumber, Columbus for not accepting it or New York requesting it

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Pens sent Bennett and Strait back down.

    • 19to77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Bennett, eh? Bit of a surprise. They’re pretty thin along the wings. Thought he had a decent shot.

  3. bcisleman - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    A little surprised that Stromer and Griff didn’t at least get 5 game cups of joe. Stromer especially does not seem to have much of a likelihood of further growth in juniors but unfortunately is too young for the AHL. Presumably Frans, Aucoin and Cizikas will be competing for the #2 ahd #3 center spots. Brock Nelson may also get a look.

    • 19to77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      Guess a team that hovers around the cap floor doesn’t want to burn a year of their top prospects’ ELCs for less than a full season’s play?

  4. sergeikremlin - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Familiarity is something coaches and GM’s are going to in this shortened season, where a slight stumble can cost you a playoff spot. It makes it even tougher for junior players to get a look, even for five games, when you have to ice your best lineup to win each night and when the kids have already completed half a season in the jrs. Veteran lineups that coaches are comfortable with are prevailing.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    There’s zero margin for error in such a short season so this all makes sense. These guys will probably benefit more from finishing off their junior seasons rather than going through the baptism by fire this NHL season would be.

    • bcisleman - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Griff maybe. Strome is in that funny spot where he can’t get anymore growth from juniors and is not quite ready for the NHL. If the rules were different or he were a year older, he’d be an ideal candidate for the AHL.

      • 19to77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        Yeah. When you’re scoring two points a game in any league, you’re just plain done at that level. There’s nothing left to gain. The AHL should probably knock it down to 19, or else allow for special exceptions to be made to let star prospects continue to grow in the minors.

    • bcisleman - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Apart from that, you and Sergei make good points.

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