Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Looking back: Weston heads West

Former BU winger Ryan Weston, who played for the Albany River Rats last season, has signed on with the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers, a team known for staging creative game promotions. Last year, the team held “Governor Rod Blogojevich Prison Uniform Night,” with Dan Spang, then a Wrangler, and Tom Morrow among the participants. Spang will play in Germany next season with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers.

Former All-Hockey East defenseman Bryan Miller has returned to the Alaska Aces for a third season with the ECHL club. Last year, Miller had the best scoring totals of his four-year pro career with a 10-30-40 line in 61 games. He also played in six games for the AHL Providence Bruins.

By the numbers
Amidst all the team and individual achievements of the Terriers’ NCAA championship season, here’s one that we overlooked last Spring. Nick Bonino led the nation in plus-minus with a +29, edging out classmate and 2009-10 BU captain Kevin Shattenkirk, who was +28.

Pro prospects
We've added two more player assessments to the list of Terriers who are top prospects in various NHL organizations, according to The new ones are for Eric Gryba (Senators) and Matt Gilroy (Rangers). The online publication also reported that Gilroy was one of the standouts at the Rangers’ Development Camp this past summer:
Gilroy is very fast, confident with the puck, and sees the lanes very well. He can move the puck quickly, but doesn’t panic with it. His passes are accurate and he also has a good shot. The combination of Gilroy’s offensive skills with his solid play in his own zone made Gilroy very impressive this week.
Former BU captain and current New York Rangers captain Chris Drury was inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame in Williamsport, Pa., this past Sunday.

Looking ahead: prospects
When BU will plays the NTDP U18s in an exhibition game, on Oct. 10, a pair of highly-regarded prospects will get an in-game look at Agganis Arena and Terrier fans. The U18 roster includes right-shot defenseman Adam Clendening, who has expressed interest in BU and also is being courted by the London Knights. Left-shot forward Matt Nieto, another uncommitted U18 player, was among the U17s top scorers last season before being promoted to the U18s where he won a gold medal in the World U18 tournament.

All in the family
One of the top scorers at this summer’s USA Hockey Select 15 Festival was Brendan Silk, a cousin of former Terrier, Olympic gold-medal winner and NHL player Dave Silk. U.S. Hockey Report described Silk as a “Big power forward who can get up a head of steam. Strong on skates, and has good puck skills. Going to Austin Prep."

1 comment:

Unknown said...

wonder why he opted out of BC if he's still considering going to college.

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