Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another scorer from the prep ranks

BU continues to fill out its recruit classes for future seasons, again reaching into the New England prep hockey ranks for a highly regarded scorer. Cushing Academy’s Rob Baillargeon, a sophomore, who put up a gaudy 30-34-64 line for the Penguins, committed to BU for 2013. According to reliable sources, three Hockey East rivals--New Hampshire, Maine and Northeastern--were also in the hunt for Baillargeon.

The 6-0, 174 right-shot forward, played one season for Enfield, Conn., High School in 2008-09, scoring 35 goals and earning First Team All-State recognition. As a repeat freshman at Cushing in 2009-10, he totaled 15 goals and 30 assists. Last summer, he participated in USA Hockey’s Select 17 Festival, scoring seven points, tied for ninth best.

Cushing Coach Rob Gagnon says he compares Baillargeon to ex Terrier Nick Bonino, “except he skates better than Nick did. His strengths are his skating and stick skills as well as his hockey IQ. He does need to improve his consistency of always bringing it each shift. His top level is really high, but when he takes a shift off he is then just a good player. I think the sky is the limit once he figures out how to be consistent.”

In an NHL.com feature on 2012 draft prospects, Central Scouting's Gary Eggleston, who focuses on East Coast talent, noted Baillargeon’s “great hands and scoring touch around the cage.”

2013 With the addition of Marc Hetnik, Jr., Jarrid Privitera and Baillargeon in recent weeks, BU’s recruiting classes for the next few years look like this:

• 2011: (F) Cason Hohmann, (F) Evan Rodrigues, (D) Alexx Privitera

• 2012: (F) Robert Polesello, (F) Jarrid Privitera, (G) Matt O’Connor, (D) Hetnik

• 2013: (F) Brendan Collier, (F) Danny O’Regan, (D) Matt Grzelcyk, (F) Adam Erne, (F) Baillargeon

• 2014: (D) Anthony DeAngelo

2013 recruit Erne, a power forward and one of the youngest players in the USHL talked with The Scouting Report about his first season with the Indiana Ice and his commitment to BU.

NHL Central Scouting issued its final rankings for the 2011 entry draft. Freshman Matt Nieto was #43, while classmates Adam Clendening and Sahir Gill were #45 and #110 respectively. O’Connor was #25 among North American goalies.

Another Terrier freshman, Charley Coyle, talked with The Daily Free Press’s Arielle Aronson about his path to BU and how he is "living his dream."

Looking back

Former BU captain Kevin Shattenkirk finished his rookie NHL season with 43 points (9+34), leading all first-year defensemen. His total also was seventh best for all rookies. After 46 games with Colorado—that included a nine-game scoring streak—Shattenkirk was traded to St. Louis in a blockbuster trade. He averaged just under 20 minutes per game for the season.

1 comment:

joseph burrell said...

well even though it is another scorer as you said it, it is a very special and talented scorer that will be playing for a bigger team pretty soon

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