From Research on Ice
Boston University has picked up a goaltender for next year in 19 year-old Adam Kraus of the NAHL's Alaska Avalanche. From Irving, Texas, and formerly with the AAA LA Junior Kings, Kraus has played far better than his stats would suggest, given the Avalanche has had a tumultuous year. Alaska has but a 15-38-7 record, and it just this week hired a new head coach in Jamie Smith, an Alaska high school coach. In early November, former Alaska-Anchorage player (and later assistant coach) Keith Morris was brought in as the club's GM. Two week later, however, head coach Dean Larson (Anchorage) and assistant Corey Millen (Minnesota) both abrubtly resigned, leaving Morris to man the dual GM/coaching role for the season's duration.Despite the instability, Kraus has played well, and has earned what we're told is a 'recruited walk-on' spot with the Terriers, who of course lose senior keeper John Curry at season's end. Next year, Kraus wil vie for time in net with returning sophomore Brett Bennett [and returning senior Karson Gillespie]. In the fall of 2008, BU will also be bringing in goaltender Kieran Millan, an '89 from Spruce Grove of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The geographic diversity of BU's recruiting continues. Victor Saponari (see March 15 post) was BU's first Georgian. Krause, who hails from Dallas Cowboy-land (Irving), is the first Texan. Interesting, he previously played for the LA Jr. Kings organization, which recently sent BU Max Nicastro (March 2 post) for 2009. Ex-Terrier Nick Vachon is an assistant in the Jr. Kings organization. A bit more on Kraus from the Alaska Avalanche Web site.