Friday, July 03, 2015

Hohmann inks AHL contract; Harper, Crone named to US Select 18 squad

Cason Hohmann (photo) joins Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues in the Sabres organization, signing a one-year contract with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.  The Arlington, Texas, native scored 31 points last season, including five goals in eight playoff games. At the annual post-season banquet, Hohmann received the Friends Award as Unsung Hero and the Iron Terrier Award (strength & conditioning), and was co-recipient of the Bennett McInnis Spirit Award. He finished his four years at BU with 92 points. 

Rising sophomores Brien Diffley (photo) and J.J. Piccinich have been invited to Toronto Maple Leafs development camp in Toronto beginning July 7.  Piccinich, was a 2014 Leafs’ draft choice. Also headed to a development camp is returning goalie Sean Maguire, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2012 (4th round), and rising senior Matt Lane, who will attend the Vancouver camp in Shawnigan, B.C., beginning today.
At the end of Columbus Blue Jackets development camp, 2017 recruit Kole Sherwood and his Miami-bound brother Kieffer talked with Blue Jackets TV.
Looking ahead
2017 recruits Patrick Harper and Hank Crone have been named to the US Select U18 squad that will compete next month in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The team was selected from the top performers at the just completed USA Hockey’s Select 17 camp concluded yesterday. Harper, who led Avon Old Farms in scoring last season, was co-points-leader at the Select 17 with 10 points (6G, 4A), including a goal and an assist in yesterday’s tournament all-star game.

Crone, who skated for USHL Omaha last season, scored X points in the tournament and also played in the all-star game.  After another season at Avon, Harper is expected to join Crone in Omaha for the 2016-17 season.

Former Terrier standout, and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli, currently head coach of the ECHL Wheeling Nailers, will be an assistant coach for Team USA.
● USA Hockey announcement

Looking back
Former Terrier John McCarthy has returned to San Jose, signing a one-year deal with the Sharks. Between 2009 and 2014, the co-captain of BU’s 2009 NCAA champions, made 87 NHL starts for the Sharks. He signed a free-agent deal with the Blues last summer. Then, last season, after St. Louis loaned McCarthy to the Worcester Sharks, he became that franchise’s all-time scoring leader.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Eichel to pursue next challenge now; signs 3-year ELC with Buffalo--UPDATED

To the surprise of almost no one in the hockey community, Terrier freshman Jack Eichel has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres, who had made him the second overall selection in last weekend’s NHL Entry Draft. The All-American and Hobey Baker Award winner gives up his remaining NCAA eligibility. Reports indicate that the 6-2 forward from North Chelmsford, Mass., will earn a guaranteed $950,000 per year. With performance bonuses, that could grow to $2-3 million.

Eichel flew to Buffalo where he was met by the Sabres President Ted Black, signed his contract and met with the Buffalo media.  His first pro game in Boston will be December 26.


● Press conference (video)
● report
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● SB Nation report
● Boston Herald report 
● Buffalo News: Eichel’s maturity will serve him well
BU Today Eichel to Buffalo
Andover Townsman Assist from Eichel for young Andover boy 

Looking back

David Warsofsky, a member of the Terrier defense corps on the 2009 national championship team, has signed a one-year free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s a two-way contract with an average annual value of $600,000. Originally drafted by St. Louis in 2008, his rights were traded to the Bruins in 2010.

In three seasons at BU, Warsofsky scored 68 points (22G, 46A), including a goal in the first Frozen Fenway game, a 3-2 BU win over BC.  As a pro, he’s played 240 games for AHL Providence and 10 for the Boston Bruins, tallying a goal and two assists.

● Penguins announcement
 WEEI Blog report

2017 recruit Harper shines at Select 17s; McAvoy's stock rises

Four games into USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp in Williamsville, N.Y, 2017 recruit Patrick Harper is the top goal-scorer with five and is tied for the points lead with eight.  Fellow 2017 recruit Hank Crone scored a goal and an assist for the Red squad in a 6-5 loss to Columbia. Crone has tallied three points.

SB Nation’s Jeff Cox, covering the tournament, tweeted a confirmation that Harper, who was a sophomore at Avon Old Farms last season, will accelerate to graduate next spring and then play a season in the USHL before arriving at BU in 2017. His USHL rights are owned by Omaha, where Crone will enter his second season in September.

Cox also tweeted: "Harper has been dynamic at Select 17s. He's part of an AOF team that I suspect will be No. 1 in prep hockey next winter."

Incoming freshman center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, who was drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round of last weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, has been invited to the Swedish Junior National Team’s evaluation camp. He played for Sweden in last year’s WJC tournament and, the previous year, helped Sweden win the World U17 Challenge. Last week, rising sophomore defenseman Brandon Hickey was named to Canada’s WJC evaluation roster. Five Terriers are on the evaluation camp roster for Team USA: forwards Jack Eichel and incoming freshman Jordan Greenway, and three defensemen, sophomores John MacLeod and Brandon Fortunato, and incoming freshman Charlie McAvoy.

McAvoy ‘s stock has soared over the past few seasons. After winning MJHL Offensive Defenseman of the Year and leading the NJ Rockets to league playoffs in 2012-13, he earned a spot on the NTDP U17s and about 15 scholarship offers. He committed to BU in August 2013. Now, after two strong seasons in the NTDP and playing on the U18s top D pairing with Chad Krys in the World U18s, he's being projected as a 2016 first-rounder: Future Considerations has him at #24, DraftBuzz at #21 and Hockey Prospects at #6.

► Both Harper and McAvoy are alums of the NJ Rockets organization. Harper had 29 points in 24 games for the Rockets' U19s in 2013-14. McAvoy had 56 points in 69 games for the Rockets in 2012-13.

Three current Terriers and five incoming freshmen are on the roster of the Boston Knights for the upcoming John Cuniff Senior Chowder Cup, which begins July 16. Rising sophomores AJ Greer, Brien Diffley and Fortunato are joined by Forsbacka-Karlsson, Greenway, McAvoy, Maxim Letunov and Robert Carpenter 

Boston Globe hockey writer Fluto Shinzawa's Sunday column discussed David Quinn's contract extension:

David Quinn is happy at Boston University. In his second season as Jack Parker’s replacement, the BU alum fell one win short of an NCAA title. On Thursday, Quinn signed a five-year deal to remain at BU. He enjoys the progression of dealing with players from recruits to alums.

So it would take a very good deal, such as the one that pulled North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol to Philadelphia, to convince Quinn to leave BU.

Hakstol’s hiring showed that NHL teams are thinking progressively about tabbing NCAA coaches. Others who would make good pros include Enrico Blasi (Miami University), Nate Leaman (Providence), and Norm Bazin (UMass-Lowell).

Quinn, who coached in the Colorado organization for four seasons (three as head coach in Lake Erie, one as an Avalanche assistant), belongs in this group. He’s smart, driven, and positive.

“You never say never,” Quinn said about returning to the NHL before signing his extension. “But I love it here. I work at my alma mater. I work at a place that cares about hockey. It gives you all the resources to have success. I can build relationships with players — lifelong relationships. It’s different in pro hockey.”

Post-draft links

● Buffalo News:  It’s the perfect match
● Lowell Sun:  Eichel shot lined up for NHL stardom
Bay State Road Sports: draft recap
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