Tuesday, September 19, 2006

This Season's Surprise Player?

Among the fine performances that carried BU to the Hockey East title last season, it’s hard to argue that any was more unexpected than that of Matt Gilroy, a walk-on forward, who transitioned to defense and eventually won a spot on BU’s top pairing with Dan Spang. Gilroy’s poise and ability to rush the puck and step up into plays had Terrier fans wondering “where did this guy come from?” Just as they did the previous year when John Curry emerged as a top goalie.

Who will be this season’s surprise? Is this the year Brian McGuirk becomes an important offensive contributor? Does senior Eric Thomassian earn a regular spot and deliver? I’m casting a vote for the speedy Steve Smolinsky. He has the jets and defensive ability. If he can make that freshman-sophomore step-up on the offensive side of the puck, he can help put some scoring into BU’s third line—and justify BU’s winning a bidding war with BC, Michigan State and others for his services.

Comments? Other candidates?


defkit said...

Another possibility is Popko providing more offense than expected. If he is very solid defensively, he will see a tremendous amount of ice time, which could lead to a line like 14-16-30 vs. the more likely 7-12-19 type of year.

srsterrier said...

My vote is for McGuirk. The talent seems to be there. If he gets some time on the PP and/or winds up on a line with some skilled players, his numbers should improve.

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