Sunday, April 19, 2015

Draft lottery points Eichel to Buffalo--UPDATED.

The NHL held its draft lottery on Saturday with Edmonton winning the first pick and Buffalo securing the second choice. If the teams follow Central Scouting’s final rankings, freshman Jack Eichel—ranked second— would be drafted by the Sabres. Eichel, who didn’t attend the lottery selection in Toronto due to a family event, continues to respond diplomatically to questions about next season.
"It's tough to think about playing for a team next year when the draft hasn't happened yet. A lot of things can happen on draft day. Nothing is set in stone yet. It would be really nice to play (in Buffalo). There is so much tradition there and it is a great hockey city."

"I was really happy at BU this season. There's no rush to go anywhere. I'm sure the decision will be made in time."
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Eichel isn’t done playing hockey this season as he has accepted an invitation to play for Team USA in the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic in May. Earlier this season, Eichel captained Team USA in the World Junior Championships, and a year ago, he led Team USA to the World U18 title.
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The Boston Herald talked with former Terrier Travis Roy who turned 40 last week. Roy, who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first shift as a freshman in 1995, had addressed the Frozen Four teams at Fenway Park on April 8. BU goalie Matt O'Connor had put Roy's #24 on his goal stick, just as Chris Drury, a Roy classmate, had done 20 years ago. 
 Photo gallery from Friday's Friend of BU Hockey annual awards banquet.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson was a guest on The Pipeline Show (audio), discussing his decision to leave Sweden for the USHL and his commitment to BU. The 6-1 playmaking center from Stockholm scored a team-leading 53 points for Omaha, despite missing the team’s final ten regular-season games and three playoff games due to a concussion. In Central Scouting’s final draft ranking, he was #31 among North American skaters.

2016 recruit Vas Kolias scored his second playoff goal for Youngstown, in a 2-1 overtime loss to Muskegon. The 5-9 defenseman scored 17 points in the regular season and has four points in three playoff games.

2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy, currently in Switzerland with the NTDP U18s playing in the World U18 championships, signed his NLI to play for BU next season.The 6-0, 206 lb. right-shot defenseman leads all NTDP U18 blueliners in points with 36.

Looking back
Former Terrier captain Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on a pair of St. Louis goals as the Blues evened their first-round series with Minnesota, winning 4-1. Charlie Coyle assisted on the Wild’s only goal.

Colin Wilson scored his third goal of the playoffs in Nashville’s 6-2 win against Chicago, knotting the series at one apiece.

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