After struggling in his first professional season in North America, goaltender Oscar Dansk is heading to Sweden for the 2015-16 season.
Dansk, originally a second-round pick (31st overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Draft, spent the 2014-15 season between the AHL’s Springfield Falcons and ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.
“I got away from my game a little bit because I felt like I wasn’t playing really well, so (I) tried to find a solution,” Dansk told The Columbus Dispatch. “I maybe should have just built on my game and made it stronger. I got away from my game, which probably hurt me in the long run.”
In 21 AHL games Dansk went 7-7-5 with a 3.57 G.A.A. and a .880 save percentage. The 21-year-old was 1-8-0 while posting a 3.73 G.A.A. and a .889 save percentage in 11 games with Kalamazoo.
“He didn’t have a great season in Springfield, so there was some concern,” said Blue Jackets’ goaltending coach Ian Clark. “Sometimes he slips mentally and starts to overcompensate, but when he’s strong in his game and he’s trusting in his game, he’s a very good goaltender. We’ve got to get rid of those fluctuations where his mind flips. His core assets are real strong.”
Dansk will play next season on loan to Rogle BK, a first-division Swedish League team.
“I’m just going to work every day,” he said. “I have a schedule with fewer games over in Sweden, so I’ll have more time in practices to really nail down a few things and just take my time and not rush into things.”
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed prospect Austin Madaisky to a one-year, two-way contract according to The Columbus Dispatch.
The defenseman confirmed the signing via Twitter.
“Happy to say that I’ll be back with the Blue Jackets organization for another year, grateful for the opportunity,” Madaisky Tweeted.
The 23-year-old was set to become a restricted free agent next month as his three-year, $2.15 million entry-level contract expires on July 1.
Madaisky appeared in 53 American Hockey League games with the Springfield Falcons during the 2014-15 season scoring 12 goals and 23 assists. He was a starter for the Eastern Conference at the AHL All-Star Game.
His season ended abruptly when he broke his ankle in February.
The Blue Jackets selected Madaisky in the fifth round (124th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft.
In his first season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, Milano had a team-leading 22 goals and 46 assists in 50 games. The 18-year-old also had two goals and four points in five games at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Here’s a look at some of Milano’s work from his rookie season in the OHL:
Columbus is also watching prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand closely.
The Dispatch reports that Bjorkstrand could join the Blue Jackets this season, if injuries persist.
Bjorkstrand’s Portland Winterhawks open the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs this weekend against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The 19-year-old had 63 goals and 118 points in 59 regular season games this season.
The Monsters play at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
The talks of an affiliation change reportedly began with news of the Florida Panthers partnering with Portland. The Portland Pirates had been the affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes while San Antonio had been partnered with Florida.
The Dispatch’s report cites a story from radio station WHTK in Rochester, N.Y., which has the Colorado Avalanche looking to move from Lake Erie to San Antonio. The station also reported the Arizona Coyotes are now interested in Springfield, MA as a possibility for their AHL club.
The aforementioned relocations would then leave Lake Erie without an NHL partner
Springfield has been the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets since 2010, but according to the Dispatch’s sources, there is a mutual opt-out clause in the contract between the two clubs this summer.