Monday, June 27, 2011

Three Terriers drafted by NHL

Rising sophomore Adam Clendening, Matt Nieto and Garrett Noonan were selected by NHL teams on day two of the entry draft. Clendening was taken in the second round, 36th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks, whose head of amateur scouting is Mark Kelley, son of legendary Terrier Coach Jack Kelley California native Nieto was taken 11 picks later by San Jose and Noonan, who hadn’t been ranked by NHL Central Scouting was Nashville’s second pick in the fourth round, #112 overall.

Paul Fenton, a former Terrier forward and current Nashville assistant general manager, noted that the Preds’ Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty, also a former Terrier and, like Noonan, a Catholic Memorial High School product, had emphatically urged the club to select Noonan.

Terrier head coach Jack Parker was in St. Paul to support Clendening and Nieto who were at draft headquarters with their families. USCHO’s Jim Connelly caught up with Parker to discuss his young stars’ future prospects.

● coverage
● ESPN-Boston coverage
● College Hockey News coverage
● NEHJ coverage
● Boston Herald coverage: Parade of Terriers; Nieto feature
● San Francisco Chronicle feature on Nieto
● Clendening: Tonawanda Times, CSN Chicago

Coyle trade update
The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa reported that Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is not planning to lure newly acquired Charley Coyle to join the pro ranks.

“I’m not a big believer in pulling kids out of college,’’ said Fletcher, a
Harvard graduate. “It’s up to the young man and his family to make that decision.

“We’ll certainly sit down and speak to him. We’ll speak to Jack Parker and we’ll try to go through the process of assessing where exactly he’s at and be up front.

“The goal of trading for him was not necessarily to get him in uniform right away. It was to add another piece. Hopefully in the next one, two, three seasons, he’ll have a very positive impact on our franchise and give us a big forward to match up against some of the big forwards in the Western Conference.’’

● Patriot Ledger coverage

Looking ahead

Fargo Force defenseman Garrett Haar has decommitted from Northeastern and indicated that BU is among the colleges he's now considering, along with Minn-Duluth, Denver, North Dakota and Minnesota. Haar also indicated the Dubuque's high-scoring forward John Gaudreau is also likely to decommit from Northeastern and return to the USHL for another season. Several message-board posts indicates BU would be in the mix of possible suitors. (We'll try to get further information on both players.)

2013 recruit Adam Erne is participating in USA Hockey's Select 16 Development camp in Rochester, N.Y. and earned kudos from Amateur Hockey Report for his first-day efforts.

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