Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eichel, Greenway in Buffalo for AAPG

Tonight’s CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, airing at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will give BU fans a chance to see heralded freshman forward Jack Eichel in action, along with 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway. Both Eichel and Greenway (who plays for the NTDP U-18's) are projected as first-round draft choices in next June’s NHL Entry Draft.  Both will skate tonight for the squad coached by former Terrier All-American, NHLer and current Blackhawks pro scout Mike Grier.

The not-yet-18 year old Eichel, who continues to be in-demand by hockey and sports media, has handled the hype with beyond-his-years maturity in various print interview, and also answered fan questions (photo) during Wednesday’s USA Hockey Twitter Takeover.  He discussed his reasons for commiting to BU in a video interview with report
● Buffalo Hockey feature
● WGR-Radio interview
● Game broadcast schedule
● USA Hockey feature
● Mike Morreale/ game preview (and audio interview)
● SB Nation preview of top prospects

Robbie Baillargeon, who led the Terriers in scoring last season en route to earning Hockey East All-Rookie honors, was rated the “top amateur prospect” in the Ottawa Senators organization by  The right-shot center from Enfield, Conn., was Ottawa’s fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL draft.

Robbie Baillargeon, C, Boston University Terriers (Hockey East)
Robbie Baillargeon stepped into the NCAA last year and hit the ground running. The Boston Terriers freshman quickly worked his way into a top line center role thanks to an impressive two-way game. He finished with 10 goals and 17 assists to lead his team in points, and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Baillargeon has proven to be a responsible two-way forward with offensive upside, who can play in all situations – including the penalty kill and power play.

For the 2014-15 season, Baillargeon’s production could jump significantly with the addition of highly touted forward prospect, Jack Eichel to Boston’s roster. With Eichel’s pace and offensive instinct up front, Baillargeon’s workload on offense will either decrease or the two can combine on Boston’s top line. Either way, as Baillargeon enters his sophomore campaign, the Terriers should improve on last year’s 5-12-3 record in the conference.

NHL Central Scouting announced its preliminary Players to Watch list. In addition to Eichel and Greenway (each of whom received an “A” rating), current freshman A.J. Greer received a “B” rating while 2016 recruit Johnny McDermott (photo of The Westminster School junior)  was given a “C.”
● report
● Players to Watch list
College Hockey Inc. list of college and college-eligible players to watch

Former Terrier standout Adam Clendening, at Chicago Blackhawks training camp, discussed the facilities at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena. The defenseman from Wheatfield, N.Y. earned AHL first-team All-Star honors (12-44-56) at Rockford last season and is competing for a spot on the Blackhawks blueline.

Women’s Team
The defending Hockey East champion Terriers’ season gets underway this Saturday with an exhibition game against Queens University (Ontario). Gametime at Walter Brown Arena is 3 p.m. Of prime interest will be the three young goaltenders looking to fill the skates of graduated netminder Kerrin Sperry. Sophomores Victoria Hanson and Mia Becker and freshmen Erin O’Neill will be vying for what is likely to be a spot in a rotation.

BU will be without six skaters who are in Calgary at a Hockey Canada event: seniors Shannon Doyle and Olympic gold medalist Marie-Philip Poulin (photo); junior Sarah Lefort; sophomore Samantha Sutherland; and freshmen Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie.

● game preview
● Daily Free Press season preview
● feature on BU

Gina Kearns, captain of the 2008-09 Terriers, has been named head coach at Newmann University. A top scorer during the BU women’s hockey program’s first four seasons, Kearns had spent two seasons as an assistant at Newmann before taking a similar post at Penn State in 2011.

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