Friday, May 18, 2007

A Bulldog in the Terriers’ future?

As BU continues to recruit for its 2008 class, one local player reportedly on the Terriers’ radar is Nobles’ right-shot forward Matt Marshall who hails from Tony Amonte’s hometown of Hingham. Marshall, who had initially verballed to Northeastern, but later decommitted, was the third leading scorer (14-10-24) for the Bulldogs, who reached the 2007 NEPSAC semifinals against eventual champion Avon (Nick Bonino).

Marshall is profiled this month in a New England Hockey Journal article that called the 6-foot, 185-pound center/left wing “more playmaker than scorer at this stage of his development” and quotes NHL recruiting guru Kyle Woodlief as saying “He plays with a lot of passion.”

Marshall gained many teams’ attention when he jumped up to #39 in the Central Scouting midterm rankings of North American skaters. He dropped back to #63 in the final rankings. One of the many online profiles of draft-eligible players provided this description of Marshall:

Matt Marshall plays a game based around character, energy and two-way awareness. An intense player with an excellent work ethic, Marshall may not be a huge centre but he plays a physical game, delivering a lot of hits and forechecking very hard. Very solid defensively, Marshall could become a perfect fourth line energy shut down centre. His offensive skills are not very impressive, but he is a very good skater and a hard working player who will drive to the net. Marshall had made a verbal commitment to Northeastern University, but he has decided to come back on his word and is looking at other options in Hockey East.

Marshall’s current teammate at Nobles and fellow South Shore resident Andrew Glass committed to BU in January. Glass is ranked #87 by CSB.
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