Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sullivan comes full circle

Former Terrier captain Mike Sullivan has finally made it to Madison Square. Originally a New York Rangers draft choice in 1987, Sullivan never skated for the Broadway Blues during his 11-year NHL career. But now, Sullivan, who coached the Boston Bruins for two seasons, will be New York's associate head coach, rejoining head coach John Tortorella with whom he coached in Tampa.

In New York, the Marshfield, Mass., native will be coaching two other former BU captains, Chris Drury and Matt Gilroy--both Hobey Baker Award winners and members of Terrier NCAA title teams.

Rising sophomore Corey Trivino, attending his second New York Islanders development camp, talked with about his freshman season at BU and goals for the future, especially increasing his strength. At the camp, Trivino, a second round draft choice in 2008, has skated a few shifts with 2009's overall top pick, John Tavares.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution caught up with Trivino's freshman linemate, Vinny Saponari, and his brother Victor at Thrashers development camp. has posted reviews of NHL teams' draft classes.
From Dallas' draft choices:

Alex Chiasson, RW – Des Moines (USHL)2nd round, 38th overallAnother forward was in the stars for Dallas in the second round. Chiasson, from Des Moines of the USHL, is a power forward with smooth hands. While the Buccaneers struggled this season, Chiasson excelled. He led the team in points with 50 in 56 games while accruing just a minus-9 rating. The winger is taking a somewhat unorthodox route to the NHL for a Quebecois. He went to high school in New York, then moved on to Des Moines, and in the fall he’s off to Boston University.

As Chiasson adds strength to his 6-foot-3 frame, he’ll become a more powerful forward who can drive the net with authority. He’s willing to pay the price to make the play, but isn't always consistent in his play. Once he gets the puck on his stick, it becomes very difficult to disengage him from the puck. He’s still finding his legs –- a major sticking point at this juncture of his development. Chiasson will find himself under the tutelage of legendary coach Jack Parker in 2009-10.

Avalanche draft choices:
Kieran Millan, G
6’0” 190lbs, Boston University
5th Round 124th Overall

After drafting two centers and then a pair of defensemen, Colorado made Edmonton native Millan the first of two goaltenders drafted by the franchise. Finding a NCAA national champion goaltender this late into a draft is not common. Drafting Millan at the 124th slot was an obvious move to make given the organization’s need to restock the goalie pipeline. The scouting reports on Millan say that he has outstanding hockey sense and is able to anticipate opponents' moves very well. He has good positioning and is very mobile. He does have a tendency to drop down too soon, leaving far too much room for shooters to abuse. After a somewhat lackluster post-season, there are also some questions regarding his mental toughness. Millan will take the slow route to the NHL and has plenty of time to work on his game.


Allan said...

Call it a lackluster postseason for Millan if you want, and I don't necessarily disagree, but seriously, we won the title

Terrier Blogger said...

That comment in the probably is the result of a a few weak goals allowed during the Frozen Four, especialy Vermont. But it ignores Millan winning the MVP of Hockey East tournament (53 of 55 shots saved). And his performance in the NCAA regional final vs. UNH got BU to the Frozen Four.

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