Monday, August 06, 2007

Monday musings

BU was featured last week in College Hockey News’ series of profile of all 59 D1 teams. While the assessment seems to be fair, if somewhat superficial, and predicts BU will finish between 2nd and 5th in Hockey East, there are some obvious errors. The writer indicated just four incoming recruits, when the number is seven, with five expected to make the lineup from the get-go. He also managed to omit second team All-American Matt Gilroy from the list of key returnees... CSTV’s “Rink Rat” Elliott Olshansky doesn’t ignore Gilroy and has included him in his list of pre-season Hobey hopefuls.

Matt Gilroy, D, Boston University: It's hard to be very far under the radar when you play on Commonwealth Avenue, but as an unheralded walk-on, Gilroy came close. So much of the talk about BU in 2006-07 centered on either the brilliant play of John Curry or the inconsistency of the top offensive performers, that the steady forward-turned-blueliner was mostly recognized by the BU fans who grew to love him and the coaches who had to deal with him. At the end of the season, Gilroy had earned All-American status. Can he go further in 2007-08? Quite possibly.

In the first intra-squad game at National Jr. Team evaluation camp, Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist for the Blue team, while Kevin Shattenkirk added an assist, but the White team eeked out a 7-6. The teams play each other again today before beginning games with Sweden and Finland. A National Jr. camp blog reports some trading of players between the teams. One brings UNH recruit James Van Riemsdyk to the Blue team. Should be interesting to see if plays on a line with Wilson and Patrick Kane today. That has the potential to be a powerhouse line...The Globe reported that ex-Terrier and Bruin Dan LaCouture, who spent most of last season in Lowell with the Devils organization, has signed a two-way deal with the Ducks, “effectively leaving him to compete for the spot left open when Thornton signed with the Bruins.”

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