Thursday, October 09, 2014

DFP Special Hockey Issue with 11 articles; Playmaker from Sweden commits for 2015

With the beginning of regular season play just a day away, the Daily Free Press has published its annual BU Hockey preview issue. This year’s edition features 11 articles including a team preview and features on junior captain Matt Grzelcyk, freshman forward Jack Eichel, junior goalie Matt O’Connor, graduate student goalie Anthony Moccia, new Director of Hockey Operations Scott Young, and women’s team stars Marie-Philip Poulin and Shannon Doyle.

Tomorrow, THFB will present its annual captain’s Q&A interview as part of our Game Day post.

Terrier Head Coach David Quinn was a featured guest on this week’s edition of TSN’s Draft Center podcast, which focused on top prospects for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Quinn discussed heralded freshman Eichel as well as college hockey—and specifically BU—as a development path for hockey prospects.
Podcast [Quinn interview begins at 47 minute mark]

● WEEI’s College Blog previews the Hockey East season and The Mack Report looks at Hockey East recruit classes.

● Boston Globe feature on Coach Quinn and Hockey East preview

Longtime voice of Terrier Hockey and host of Hockey on Campus and Inside BU Hockey Bernie Corbett now is hosting another weekly Webcast, Inside Hockey East. He’s joined by co-host Kat Hasenauer Cornetta. The first program features interviews with Hockey East Commission Joe Bertagna and BU Women’s Head Coach Brian Durocher.  We’ve added a link to this 30-minute  program in the sidebar to the right, so you can easily access each week’s Webcast.

Looking ahead

BU’s already-strong 2015 recruit class received a major boost today when Omaha center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson announced his commitment to BU. A 6-1, 192 lb., right-shot center from Stockholm, Sweden, JFK—that’s really his nickname—is a highly regarded playmaker and with first-rate faceoff skills. He’s in his second season with USHL Omaha, where 2016 recruit Hank Crone is a first-year player. Last season, he was the Lancers’ sixth leading scorer with an 11-22-33 line in 66 games with a +11.

Forsbacka-Karlsson has also played for Team Sweden in international tournaments at the U17 and U18 level and he’s a candidate for the Swedish entry to the 2014 World Junior Champions. He played for Sweden in exhibition games at the US WJC Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid this past August.

In the recently released NHL Central Scouting players-to-watch list for the 2015 draft, JFK received a “B” ranking. He told
“My goal when coming to the United States was to play college hockey. Boston University was the right spot for me. After touring the campus and seeing what they’re all about, I knew this is where I wanted to be for my college career.”
● Elite Prospects card
● Omaha Lancers announcement
● Omaha World-Tribune: Feb. 2014 Q&A interview ; report on verbal to BU

► has announced a June 2015 prospects tournament, the first annual Over The Boards Teal Invite, with many of the key games set for BU’s Walter Brown Arena.  The Teal Invite will feature ten top programs at both the U16 (1999/2000) and U19 (1996-1998) levels.

Looking back
Eight former Terrier  were on opening night NHL rosters:Nick Bonino (Vancouver), Alex Chiasson (Ottawa), Charlie Coyle (Minnesota), Eric Gryba (Ottawa), Matt Nieto (San Jose), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Brian Strait (NY Islanders-photo) and Colin Wilson (Nashville).  Matt Gilroy is playing in the KHL with Moscow Oblast Atlant.

Nieto was the first BU alum to score an NHL goal this season, using his speed to take advantage of defensive miscue as the Sharks blanked defending champ Los Angeles, 4-0.

Former Terrier Sahir Gill has signed a contract with AHL Hamilton, a Montreal farm team. Gill, who had been in Canadians training camp, scored 13 goals and 41 assists for the ECHL Wheeling Nailers in his first professional season. 

Former Terrier captain, All-American and two-time Stanley Cup champion Jay Pandolfo (photo) talked with Boston Herald about his new role as a player development coach for the Bruins, with whom he concluded his long NHL career.

Former BU goalie and current head coach of the Providence College Women’s team Bob Deraney was named assistant coach for Team USA in the Four Nation’s Cup.

Women’s Team
Coach  Durocher discusses the Terriers weekend split in Minnesota and how his squad is shaping up on Inside Hockey East.   

Profiles of seniors Marie-Philip Poulin and Shannon Doyle in the Free Press Special Hockey Issue.
● Hockey East weekly preview

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