Sunday, April 26, 2015

Team USA plays for gold at World U18 Championships--UPDATED

Three future Terriers and their Team USA teammates will meet Finland in today's gold medal game at the World U18 Championships in Zug, Switzerland. The championship game begins at 1 p.m. ET and is being livestreamed for free on FASTHockey.

In yesterday's 7-2 semifinal win over Canada, 2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored a goal and two assists and 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway scored a goal. Through six games, Keller has nine points (4G, 5A) and Greenway has seven points (1G, 6A). The third future Terrier, 2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy, has three assists and is among the plus/minus leaders with +9. (stats). Two other key performers for Team USA are sons of former BU standouts: Matt Tkachuk is the son of US Hockey Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk, and Chad Krys is the son of former BU captain Mark Krys.

Recap and box score
Video highlights
Gold medal game preview  

Tomorrow, the Boston Hockey Blog will present its choices for top 10 BU goals of the past season. Which goal is number one on your list? Add a comment below.



Junior goalie Matt O'Connor, who has been visiting NHL teams interested in signing the free agent, is getting strong interest from the Ottawa Senators.


Looking back--NHL Playoffs
The season ended Saturday for Nashville's Colin Wilson and Vancouver's Nick Boninio and Adam Clendening, whose teams were eliminated by Chicago and Calgary. Wilson led the Predators in goals with five goals in seven games, a new team playoff record.


Terriers still alive in the playoffs: Ottawa's Eric Gryba and Alex Chiasson, Islanders' Brian Strait, St. Louis' Kevin Shattenkirk and Minnesota's Charlie Coyle.
Gryba on Senators' game six


Friday, April 24, 2015

Linkorama


The Daily Free Press writers ranked the top 10 Terrier assists (video clips) of the season. All good choices, but one that should have been included is Evan Rodrigues’ steal and set-up of Danny O’Regan for the double-overtime winner (video) against Harvard in the Beanpot semifinal.
DFP's Top 30 Terrier quotes of the season.


ESPN’s Hockey Today (podcast) talked with former Terrier and NHLer Ryan Whitney about his season with Sochi in the KHL.

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored his third goal of the World U18 Championships in Team USA’s 7-4 win against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round. The 5-9 forward has six points in the tournament and 20 points in 14 games since being elevated from the NTDP U17 team, where he was the top scorer. 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway added two assists for Team USA. He has six points in the tournament and 43 points in 51 games this season.

Team USA meets Canada on Saturday in the semifinal, beginning at 9 a.m. FASTHockey is livestreaming the game for free. Along with Keller and Greenway, 2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy is playing for Team USA.
● Video highlights (Keller scored the second goal)
● Game recap

Looking back
Former BU captain and All-American Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on three goals as St. Louis evened its series with Minnesota at 2-2, defeating the Wild, 6-1.  



Former BU All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist Colin Wilson scored the game-winner as Nashville staved off elimination with a 5-2 victory over the Blackhawks. Wilson’s goal was his fifth of the playoffs, setting a post-season record for the Predators.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rodrigues to sign ELC with Buffalo



Terrier senior wing Evan Rodrigues will sign a two-year entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres, according to several media reports. NHL agent Brian Bartleet tweeted that the winger from Ontario evaluated multiple offers. 

Rodrigues enjoyed a career-best — and second in the nation—season in 2014-15 scoring 61 points  (21G, 40A). He was named Hockey East’s Player of the Month in both January and March as well as Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Northeast Regional. It is expected that the Sabres will use the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to select Rodrigues’ linemate, freshman Jack Eichel.
● WEEI College Hockey Blog report
Daily Free Press report
● Boston Hockey Blog report
● Rodrigues highlight reel

Junior Matt Lane’s second-period goal against Minnesota Duluth in the Northeast Region final was selected by the NCAA as one of the top 10 plays of the college hockey season.

The New England Hockey Writers Association banquet was held last night with David Quinn receiving the Coach of the Year Award and Eichel receiving Player of the Year honors. In addition former Terrier skater and assistant coach Don "Toot" Cahoon received the Parker-York Award for his many years of contributions to New England Hockey.
GoTerriers.com report
NEHWA awards 

Looking ahead
TheHockeyWriters.com looks at some of the top prospects in BU’s recruiting pipeline, including 2015 recruits Maxim Letunov, Robert Carpenter, and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and 2016 recruits Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller.

Of the BU recruits playing in the USHL, only Bellows’ team remains alive in the league playoffs, as Sioux Falls eliminated Sioux City (Carpenter) and Youngtown (Letunov and Vas Kolias) fell to Muskegon. Bellows scored 33 goals in the regular season and has added two more in the playoffs.

Matt Grainda of TheScout.ca tweeted about two future Terriers currently playing in the World U18 Championships in Switzerland:


Clayton Keller (Boston U, NHL'16) has shown creativity with his feeds & play in open ice. Uses his size to avoid, hands to make great moves.

Another future Boston Terrier commit playing fairly impressive is Charlie McAvoy. NHL'16 eligible defender w/great hockey sense and vision.


Looking back
Colin Wilson scored his fourth goal of Nashville’s playoff series with Chicago, but the Predators fell in overtime, 3-2.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Draft lottery points Eichel to Buffalo--UPDATED.



The NHL held its draft lottery on Saturday with Edmonton winning the first pick and Buffalo securing the second choice. If the teams follow Central Scouting’s final rankings, freshman Jack Eichel—ranked second— would be drafted by the Sabres. Eichel, who didn’t attend the lottery selection in Toronto due to a family event, continues to respond diplomatically to questions about next season.
"It's tough to think about playing for a team next year when the draft hasn't happened yet. A lot of things can happen on draft day. Nothing is set in stone yet. It would be really nice to play (in Buffalo). There is so much tradition there and it is a great hockey city."

"I was really happy at BU this season. There's no rush to go anywhere. I'm sure the decision will be made in time."
● NHL.com report

Eichel isn’t done playing hockey this season as he has accepted an invitation to play for Team USA in the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic in May. Earlier this season, Eichel captained Team USA in the World Junior Championships, and a year ago, he led Team USA to the World U18 title.
● GoTerriers.com report
● USCHO report


The Boston Herald talked with former Terrier Travis Roy who turned 40 last week. Roy, who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first shift as a freshman in 1995, had addressed the Frozen Four teams at Fenway Park on April 8. BU goalie Matt O'Connor had put Roy's #24 on his goal stick, just as Chris Drury, a Roy classmate, had done 20 years ago. 
 Photo gallery from Friday's Friend of BU Hockey annual awards banquet.


Looking ahead
2015 recruit Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson was a guest on The Pipeline Show (audio), discussing his decision to leave Sweden for the USHL and his commitment to BU. The 6-1 playmaking center from Stockholm scored a team-leading 53 points for Omaha, despite missing the team’s final ten regular-season games and three playoff games due to a concussion. In Central Scouting’s final draft ranking, he was #31 among North American skaters.

2016 recruit Vas Kolias scored his second playoff goal for Youngstown, in a 2-1 overtime loss to Muskegon. The 5-9 defenseman scored 17 points in the regular season and has four points in three playoff games.

2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy, currently in Switzerland with the NTDP U18s playing in the World U18 championships, signed his NLI to play for BU next season.The 6-0, 206 lb. right-shot defenseman leads all NTDP U18 blueliners in points with 36.

Looking back
Former Terrier captain Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on a pair of St. Louis goals as the Blues evened their first-round series with Minnesota, winning 4-1. Charlie Coyle assisted on the Wild’s only goal.

Colin Wilson scored his third goal of the playoffs in Nashville’s 6-2 win against Chicago, knotting the series at one apiece.

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