Thursday, December 21, 2006

RLR Ranks BU 2007 class #2

Red Line Report likes what it sees in BU's four-man 2007 recruit class, which might add another skater along with a walk-on goalie.

2. Boston University— This class is all about quality over quantity, and it's the best class in the east. Looks like they simply sent all their scouts to watch the U.S. NTDP as they nabbed two potential NHL first-round picks in gritty and talented centre Colin Wilson and superb puck-moving defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Their third top recruit is another skilled rearguard in Colby Cohen, who was also in Ann Arbor until moving on to the USHL a month ago.

ISS has Wilson listed among its top 5 2008 NHL draft choices. He has a late birthday and misses the 2007 draft.

NTDP U18 Ron Rolston commented on Shattenkirk in a recent chat: Kevin Shattenkirk is an extremely talented player, and he's our captain with the 89 birth year here at the National Team Development Program, which speaks volumes of his character. He has the potential to be an elite player at the college level, and he already an elite player with his age group right now, but he certainly has to continue to develop. He has to continue to mature, continue to get stronger and work on the weaknesses in his game, but he's a terrific offensive defenseman with a lot of skill that can be a difference-maker in hockey games.

Several future Terriers, including Shattenkirk, Cohen and Corey Trivino, have been mentored in the East Coast Selects program by Travis Howe, Gordie's grandson. ECS is a top spring/summer tournament program that allows young players to compete against elite level teams. ISS recently profiled Howe.

2008 recruit Corey Trivinio is second in scoring on his Stouffville team with 13-22-35 in 34 games.

2008 recruiting target Mike Connolly has been on a tear since his visit to BU early in December. With 10 points in his past 7 games, he's now tied for leading scorer on Camrose Kodiaks, which is Canada's top-ranked junior A team.


CDRAL said...

This is good news. Recruiting has changed considerably over the last 40 years. No longer will the chance to wear the scarlet and white be sufficient to lure the top recruits. Also the dynamic of what players will give you 4 years has changed the scene as well. That and the proliferation of teams makes it a real challenge.

With a great facility I hope we can gradually win the recuriting batlles with the likes of BC and other schools and once again reign as NCAA Champs

Anonymous said...

any other targets for BU that are gettng close?
any goaltender prospects?

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