Thursday, June 11, 2009

Escobedo joins 2009 recruit class

Last week, we reported on Brian Strait’s decision to forego his senior year and sign a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That is confirmed in Scott Weighart’s news story today on USCHO. His spot on the roster will be taken by 6’0”, 187lb. left-shot defenseman Sean Escobedo. At the time of his verbal last summer, USHR reported "Escobedo is scheduled to arrive on Comm. Ave. in the fall of ’10, but if the Terriers lose someone earlier he could be there in the fall of ’09." Which is how things have now played out.

Escobedo, who was ranked #154 among North American skaters for this months NHL entry draft, spent last season in the USHL, playing for Tri-City and Sioux Falls scoring 17 assists in 59 games. Previously he played in the EJHL for Apple Core and was named to the league all-star game.

Coach Jack Parker said “Escobedo is the same type of player (as Strait). He’s not an offensive, get-up-the-ice type player like Shattenkirk or David Warsofksy, but he won’t have experience at this level.” He also discussed Strait’s departure in the USCHO article.

A native of Long Island, New York, Escobedo played in the recent Predraft Showcase where USCHO photographer Melissa Wade took this photo.

Daily Free Press coverage

Academic recognition
Four members of the 2008-09 Terriers were named to the Hockey East All Academic Team: John McCarthy (third time), Jason Lawrence, Joe Pereira and Ryan Ruikka. Ruikka also earned a spot on the league’s Academic All-Star Team.

Goin' camping
Zach Cohen’s breakout season earned the Illinois native an invitation to the Chicago Blackhawks development camp this summer. We'll report on other Terriers headed to NHL development camps as the information becomes available.

Blog contributor Sean Pickett has updated his listing of points scored by Terrier skaters during the first two seasons of their (varsity) careers. Colin Wilson with 90 points is 23rd and Nick Bonino’s 79 points is 37th. Stats for more than 400 players are on the list.

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