Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday Linkorama--Catching up

Former All-American defenseman Freddy Meyer and goalie Rick DiPietro are teammates once again. Meyer was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders earlier this year in an attempt to send him to their AHL team in Bridgeport, but was claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes. After five games with the ‘yotes, Meyer was reacquired by the Islanders. Meyer and DiPietro were both freshman at BU during the 1999-2000 season. Freddy sat out last night’s Islander-Penguins game, as did Shawn Bates, who is recovering from a long-term injury.

David Van Der Gulik got off the schneid with his first goal of the season for Calgary’s Quad City AHL club in a 3-1 win over Carl Corazzini and the Grand Rapids Griffins. Meanwhile, former All-American defenseman Dan Spang also scored his first goal in the Worcester Sharks’ 2-1 shootout win over Springfield.

Ex-Terriers Scott Young and Scott Lachance have been named to the advisory board of FASTHockey, an information site that bills itself as a “leading resource for amateur ice hockey content and player recruiting.” Both Young, who is an investor in the Web site, and Lachance, now a scout for the New Jersey Devils, have blogs within the Web site.

Salem State coach—and former BU defenseman—Bill O’Neill’s freshman class, includes Justin Fox, son of O’Neill’s Terrier teammate and roommate John Fox. O’Neill, who tonight begins his 27th season coaching the Division 3 Vikings, and the elder Fox were members of the 1977-78 national champion Terriers. The 30th anniversary of that team’s 30-2 season and BU’s third NCAA title will be marked during the current season and The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog will publish a feature article chronicling the '77-'78 team's journey to a national crown.

NHL scouting
NHL Central Scouting had now added current draft-eligible NCAA players to its list of players to watch. Of the 28 players listed, only one, freshman Colin Wilson, received an “A” ranking. He’s been projected as a first round draft choice next June. Last month, 2009 recruit Max Nicastro, a Chicago Steel/USHL defenseman who played for Team USA in the World Junior A Challenge, also received an "A" ranking. 2008 recruit Corey Trivino had received a “B” ranking from Central Scouting which roughly translates to a third-round.

Trivino, 2009 recruit Ethan Werek and two Stouffville Spirit (OPJHL) teammates. forward James McIntosh and defenseman Daniel Spivak, returned from the World Junior A Challenge in British Columbia after helping CanadaEast earn a silver medal. Trivino had his team’s only goal in the championship game and led CanadaEast in scoring with two goals and three assists.

Werek returned to the Spirit lineup last night and had an assist in a 3-2 loss to Collingswood while Trivino was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Earlier in the week, Werek, a 6-2, 185 pound left wing, was named to the Ontario U17 team that will play next month in the World U17 Challenge in London, Ontario. Werek was one of only two non-OHL players named to the squad, just as was the case last year when Trivino played for the Ontario U17s. Competing with Ontario will be the NTDP U17s who were involved in an ugly brawl (video) at the end of last week’s Four Nations Tournament championship game in Dmitrov, Russia, against the host team.

Recruiting news
USHR reports that BU is recruiting Shattuck St. Mary's defenseman David Carle, who will soon make an official visit. Carle, a 5-11, left-shot who also received an "A" rating from Central Scouting, is the younger brother of former Denver All-American defenseman and current San Jose Shark, Matt Carle. The competition appears to be Boston College, Michigan State, St. Cloud and Denver. BU also is reportedly pursuing Camrose/AJHL defenseman Andrew MacWilliam, who played for the gold-medal winning CanadaWest team at the WJAC event.

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