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Terriers have added another highly-skilled forward to the 2016 recruit class. Avon Old Farms center Patrick Harper tweeted his verbal earlier today. A 5-8, 145 left-shot from New Canaan, Conn., Harper is regarded as an “elite playmaker” with a high hockey IQ.
Extremely proud and excited to announce that I have committed to play my college hockey at Boston University #Goterriers #BU
— Patrick Harper (@Pharper_88) September 12, 2014
RE: Harper, great get for BU - quick stride, evasive, good vision, great hands. Competes for the puck and looked great against 96s & 97s.
— mbilotta (@mbilotta) September 12, 2014
Nightmarishly talented group of 98 forwards headed to BU. Clayton Keller, Hank Crone, Kieffer Bellows, now they add another in Harper.
— Over The Boards (@OTBPuckWatch) September 12, 2014
This will be Harper’s first season with the Winged Beavers. Until the prep schedule begins, he’s been skating up a level with the Mass Tier 1 18U Neponset Valley River Rats and leads the team in scoring with a 6-10-16 line. Following the River Rats’ victory in the Tier 1 Labor Day Faceoff’s championship game, OverTheBoards.net gave Harper a “can’t miss” rating and added:
Last season, Harper played up with the New Jersey Rockets 19U squad, producing 13 goals and 16 assists with 2 PIMs and a +23 in 24 games. In 2012-13, he skated for the Connecticut Oilers 16U team where he was a teammate of fellow 2016 recruit Johnny McDermott. Rockets' Head Coach and Director of Player Development Bob Thornton points out:
"Harper is a slippery-fast, elusive and skilled forward with great control of the puck and a nose for finding the net. He had great chemistry on our first PP unit with (A.J.) Drobot, (Ryan) Swain, (Chad) Krys and (Cam) Dineen. Because of his vision and speed, he has the potential to be a very good player for BU. He also has great upside and will only get better over the next few seasons before he sets foot onto the BU campus."
At the Fall 2013 College Cup event, USHR rated Harper as the fourth best performer, one spot behind McDermott.
4. Patrick Harper, F, 5-7/135 (Stamford Sharks) ’98 – The only ’98 birth year on a strong Sharks team, Harper lets his hands and vision speak for themselves. Scored a creative breakaway goal with a Patrick Kane-like stop move to open the scoring against the Gulls. Despite his size he wins his fair share of battles because of his IQ and understanding of body positioning. Will have a nice list of schools to choose from in the near future.
● Elite Prospects card