Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Former BU captain expected to join Terrier coaching staff

According to a report in USHR and other sources, former BU captain Albie O’Connell will join head coach David Quinn’s staff, replacing Buddy Powers who has been at BU beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Most recently, O’Connell, who is regarded as a particularly strong recruiter, has been an assistant to Harvard’s Ted Donato, working primarily with the Crimson’s defensemen and special teams.

O’Connell skated for BU’s Frozen Four squads in 1995-96 and 1996-97 and captained the 1998-99 team, putting up 39 points as a senior. After playing professionally in the U.S. in the UK, he began coaching at Colby College, later making stops at Niagara, Holy Cross, Merrimack and Northeastern before joining Donato’s staff for the 2011-12 season. 
● College Hockey News report

SB Nation’s examination of USA Hockey’s success in developing talent features Terrier defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who spent two seasons with the NTDP and also skated for Team USA in the 2014 World Junior Championships.

Looking ahead 
The season ended this past weekend for six future Terriers.

● BU recruits Chase Phelps (2014) and Clayton Keller (2016) helped Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep take home the championship crown at the USA Hockey Tier 1 U18 Nationals. The Sabres won five of six games, dropping one game in a shootout—their first loss since Dec. 13—and finished the season with a 43-8-2 record

Despite being one of only two sophomores on the team, Keller (photo) led SSM in scoring with 75 points (35G, 40A) and also was the team’s top scorer in the nationals with 4 goals and 4 assists. Phelps, who contributed a goal and four assists at the Nationals, was fourth in team scoring with 66 points (24G, 42A).

● The season also ended for the NTDP U17s and 2015 recruits Jordan Greenway and Charles McAvoy. Both picked up an assist in the season finale 7-4 win against Dubuque. Final scoring lines: Greenway 15-26-41 and McAvoy 7-11-18.

● 2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter scored the game-tying goal in the third period and 90 seconds later assisted on the game-winner for Sioux City as the Musketeer topped Youngstown, 5-3.  The former Austin Prep star has five goals and four assists in nine games since joining Sioux City, which takes on Omaha in the first round of USHL playoffs. The game also marked that end of the season for two BU recruits playing for the Phantoms. 2014 recruit J.J. Piccinich finished with 58 points (27G, 31A), including 13 power play goals. 2015 recruit Maxim Letunov finished with a 19-24-43 scoring line.

NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for North American skaters includes six Terrier recruits:  MacLeod (44), AJHL Spruce Grove defenseman Brandon Hickey (63), Letunov (87), Carpenter (119), Piccinich (135) and Phelps (163).

Looking back 
Matt Nieto’s rookie season with San Jose has produced 24 points with added benefits for his mother in her fight with cancer. 

Charlie Coyle’s 12th goal was the only one scored in the Wild’s 1-0 win against Winnipeg. Joining Coyle on the Wild roster is Minnesota native and former All-American goalie John Curry, who was called up from AHL Iowa.
  Box score and video 

Sahir Gill scored his 12th goal of the year for Wheeling, in a 3-1 loss to Orlando. Kieran Millan stopped 22 of 24 shots for the Nailers.  Gill has 51 points in 65 ECHL games.

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