Saturday, February 10, 2007

Looking Forward—Captain Clutch

Readers of this blog know that 2007 BU recruit Kevin Shattenkirk is an elite talent, an exceptional offensive defenseman and a recognized leader. Over the past few days, he’s proven he knows how to produce in the clutch. Shattenkirk, the U18s’ captain, scored game-winners against both Sweden and Russia in consecutive games of the Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic. The U.S. squad won all four games against its international opponents, also beating Finland and the host Czechs. The last three wins were all by 3-2 margins and all went beyond regulation.

In Thursday win over Sweden, Shattenkirk scored in overtime. The next day, against Russia, the game went to a shootout and the future Terrier blueliner was the only goal-scorer. USA Coach Ron Rolston was right on the money calling his captain “a terrific offensive defenseman with a lot of skill that can be a difference-maker in hockey games.”

Colin Wilson, who had two goals and three assists in the tournament, also delivered a clutch goal for Team USA, scoring with 28 seconds left in the third period to bring the U.S. even with Finland before UNH recruit James Van Riemsdyk scored in overtime.

International Scouting Service has ranked Shattenkirk 24th for next June’s NHL draft. McKeen’s has him at 17th, while NHL Central ranks him 13th among North Americans.

A few online articles about Shattenkirk: USA Hockey East Coast Selects

1 comment:

CDRAL said...

Will Shattenkirk be another guy who stays only one or two years? That is the clear danger when recruiting elite players.

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