Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Aiming for four straight

Team USA is in the Czech Republic for the IIHF World U18 Championships and will seek its fourth consecutive gold medal. Three BU 2012 recruits are on the U.S. squad, which is primarily members of the NTDP U18s. Defenseman Matt Grzecyk and forward Matt Lane have spent two years in the Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey progam. The third future Terrier is center Danny O’Regan, who was the only addition to Team USA from outside the NTDP program. O’Regan, whose father, Tom O’Regan, co-captained the 1982-83 BU squad, was a top scorer for St. Sebastian’s prep and for the Cape Cod Whalers.

United States of Hockey has posted a pair of evaluations of the Team USA personnel . The first looks at the forwards and the second analyzes the defense and goalies.

Team USA opens its title defense Thursday against Finland. In an exhibition game against Sweden on Monday, Team USA lost, 3-2. O’Regan assisted on the first U.S. goal.

Team USA’s games will be Webcast by with USof Hockey’s Chris Peters providing play-by-play.

Looking ahead
NHL Central Scouting has posted its final rankings for the 2012 draft. Of 24 ranked players with commitments to Hockey East schools, nine are BU recruits. Of the eleven Hockey East recruits ranked in Central Scouting's top 100, four are BU commits.

#36-Sam Kurker, #50 Robbie Baillargeon, #76 O’Regan, #99 Doyle Somerby, #143 Brendan Collier, #145 Kevin Duane, #150 Lane, #177 Grzelcyk. Sean Maguire was #28 among goalies.

Looking back
Former Terrier Chris Bourque was the 2011-12 AHL scoring champion with 91 points for Hershey, 16 points more than his nearest competitor. John McCarthy, who spent part of the season in the NHL with San Jose, scored 42 points for Worcester.

As the Stanley Cup playoffs begin, seven former Terriers will begin quests for the Cup: Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix), Matt Gilroy (Ottawa), Tom Poti (Washington), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Brian Strait (Pittsburgh) and Colin Wilson and Brandon Yip, both with Nashville.

Former Terrier defenseman and captain Kevin Shattenkirk finished his second NHL season with the same goal and assist totals as last season 9-34-43. He's the fourth leading scorer on the Blues and second in plus/minus with +20.

Former Terrier captain Joe Pereira was trade by ECHL South Carolina to the Idaho Steelheads.

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