Monday, September 30, 2013

Back to California: Nieto makes Sharks' roster

Matti Nieto, BU’s top goal-scorer last season, turned a strong performance in his first pro training camp into an opening day roster spot in San Jose. He talked with media after practice today about his role for the Sharks. Following the Sharks’ 6-5 win against Anaheim, in which former BU co-captain John McCarthy scored for San Jose, Coach Todd McClellan praised Nieto’s efforts: 

"He's been a very, very nice surprise. He makes us faster and for a small man, he does not get knocked off pucks. He's willing to take a hit. That skating ability is something we need."

 McCarthy was placed on waivers and, should he clear them, will be back in Worcester to begin the season.

Former BU captain Nick Bonino is expected to shoulder a larger role this season for the Ducks. Coach Bruce Boudreau has him centering Anaheim’s second line for winger Teemu Selanne.

Former Terriers Ben Rosen and Sean Escobedo, who signed contracts in MMMM with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers, have been assigned to the Islanders’ ECHL affiliate the Stockton Thunder. The Connecticut Post spoke with Rosen about his summer experience as a silver medalist at the Maccabiah Games.

Ryan Whitney, a free agent this summer after three-and-a-half seasons in Edmonton, has signed a one-year deal with Florida for $900,000.

Looking ahead
An injury kept 2014 recruit Johnathan MacLeod from participating in last Thursday’s All American Prospect Game in Pittsburgh, but the hard-hitting blueliner was back in the NTDP U18 lineup on Sunday, scoring  a power play goal and adding an assist for his first points of the season in three starts, as the U18s routed Chicago, 8-0.  MacLeod, who earned third-star honors, played at Kimball Union, teaming with current BU freshmen Doyle Somerby and Nick Roberto two seasons ago before joining the NTDP program. 

2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored twice and added an assist to help Shattuck St. Mary's Prep thump Team Southwest, 8-3.

Women’s Team
Daily Free Press recap of 4-3 OT exhibition win
The Hockey Writers’ preview of Hockey East

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