Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BU announces eight-man freshman class

BU today announced its 2010 recruit class comprised of three defensemen and five forwards. Featuring a 2010 NHL first-round draft choice and a fifth-round selection, as well as two of the 33 top 2011 draft-eligible prospects who will be attending the NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp this week in Toronto, the Terriers’ recruit class is regarded as one of the strongest in Division 1 hockey.

Defensemen Adam Clendening, Garrett Noonan and Patrick MacGregor will fill the roster slots of graduated Eric Gryba and Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen, who gave up their final year of eligibility to join the Colorado Avalanche. The forwards are Matt Nieto, Charlie Coyle, Sahir Gill (photo), Yasin Cissé and Matt Ronan. All but Ronan had previously been reported by this blog.

Ronan is the younger brother of Dan Ronan, a blueliner on BU's 1996 and 1997 Frozen Four teams, and a cousin of Ed Ronan, a forward who played on the 1990 and 1991 Final Four teams and who later played for Montreal’s 1993 Stanley Cup champs.

The Terrier roster includes 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies.

The Hockey News Yearbook with prospect rankings for each NHL team is out and sophomore Alex Chiasson was ranked fifth in the Dallas Stars organization. Writing for ESPN/Dallas, Mark Stepneski comments:

Alex Chiasson, RW (2009 Draft/2nd round, 38th overall): He’s got good size (6-4, 195 pounds) and is still filling out. I liked what I saw from him at the development camp in Frisco this summer. He moves well for his size and he has a nice skill set. He had a good freshman season at Boston University, and should be in a position to build on that this season. He’s a long-term project since he’s expected to play four years of college.

Looking back
Chris Higgins, a high-scoring wing on BU's 2009 National Championship team, tells the Salem News he will spend his second pro season. Injuries disrupted his first pro season, but he finished strongly with 16 points in 20 games with ECHL Gwinnett. Higgins scored 48 points during his senior season at BU and 133 points during his Terrier career.

Colby Cohen, who scored the overtime game-winner in the 2009 title game and contributed 30 points for BU last season, talks about his pre-BU season with the Lincoln Stars in a Q&A interview with USHL.com

BU Women's program
Four members of the Terrier Women's hockey program have been named to the Canada U-22 team. Jenelle Kohanchuk, Tara Watchorn, Jenn Wakefield and Marie-Philip Poulin will be facing off against their teammate, Kasey Boucher, who is on the U.S. U-22 team, in a series in Lake Placid, beginning tomorrow.

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