Friday, December 19, 2008

Courtnall joins 2009 recruit class

BU’s 2009 recruit class has grown to three with a verbal commitment from Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) forward Justin Courtnall, a 6-3, 197 left wing and the son of former NHLer and current Grizzlies coach, Geoff Courtnall. Currently, he leads Victoria in scoring with 42 points (12-30) in 37 games, good for 13th best in the BCHL. He also has racked up 62 penalty minutes. Last Sunday, Courtnall scored two goals and an assist in a 5-3 Victoria win and discussed his recent uptick in goal-scoring. In 2007-08, he scored 51 points for the Grizzlies.

Courtnall, who has been named to the BCHL all-star game, is a teammate of Wisconsin recruit Derek Lee, whom BU attempted to recruit. Already 19, he was a late round 2007 draft choice of Tampa Bay, where former Terrier captain and Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan has rejoined the club as an assistant to Rick Tocchet. Courtnall attended this past summer’s Lightning Prospect Camp . Action video. Video interview.

Courtnall's strengths include his toughness and playmaking ability. His size will help the Terriers next season with Brandon Yip and John McCarthy graduating and the expectation that Colin Wilson will turn pro.

The other members of the 2009 recruit class are defenseman Max Nicastro, a third-round Detroit draft choice now playing for the Chicago Steel, and Des Moines Bucs forward Alex Chiasson.

More recruiting news
BU continues to be in the hunt for NTDP U18 forward Jeremy Morin, projected as an early first- round draft choice next June by services such as McKeen's and North American Central Scouting. The 6-1, right-shot center, who leads the U18s in goal scoring, also is being pursued by the OHL Kitchener Rangers. Morin attended BU's 3-0 shutout of Northeastern last month.

Another prospect who visited Agganis Arena recently is Dixie Beehives defenseman Nick Quinn, a possible 2010 recruit. The 6-0, 182 left-shot Quinn, the first player taken in the second round of last Spring's OHL draft, participated in this past week's Canadian Junior Hockey League prospects game. In the late '60s and '70s. Dixie was a key recruiting pipeline for BU, sending the Terriers Steve Stirling, John Danby and Vic Stanfield, all of whom became All-Americans, and also Pat Devlin, Dick Decloe and Jim "Catfish" Glover.

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