Sunday, May 31, 2015

Four Terriers to attend NHL combine; Eichel honored at Hobey banquet--UPDATED

Two current Terriers and a pair of incoming freshman are among the 120 draft-eligible players who will attend the NHL Combine in Buffalo beginning tomorrow. Freshmen Jack Eichel and AJ Greer (photo) were ranked #2 and #69 respectively in the final NHL Central Scouting draft rankings, while 2015 recruits Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jordan Greenway were ranked #31 and #47 respectively.
● report and invitee list
● Buffalo News report and Eichel profile
Greer draft profile
Forsbacka-Karlsson draft profile

College Hockey Inc. reports that 25 of the combine invitees are current or future college players.

On Thursday night, Eichel officially received the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award at the Baker Foundation’s annual awards dinner in St. Paul. Eichel is the 34th recipient of the award given to the top NCAA hockey playing and the third Terrier to be honored with it. Chris Drury won the award in 1998 after having been a finalist the previous year. Matt Gilroy won the award in 2009, culminating a season in which he led BU to the national championship. Gilroy was among a group of past winners who attended the banquet.

From left: former BU captain Chris Connolly, former BU goalie Peter Fish, Coach Jack Parker, Jack Eichel, Coach David Quinn, and former BU forward Peter Donatelli, and former BU captain and Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy.

During the banquet, former Coach Jack Parker delivered a tribute to the late Yale coach Tim Taylor, who was named a Hobey Legend of Hockey, the honor bestowed upon Parker a year ago. report and photo gallery
● Hobey Baker bio
Year-by-year Hobey Baker Award winners and finalists

►’s Mike Morreale offered up a comparison of Eichel and former Maine star Paul Kariya, the only other freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award.

►Recently hired Sabres coach Dan Bylsma talked with WGR Radio about Eichel whom he’d recently coached during the IIHF World Championships in which Team USA took home a bronze medal and Eichel was the team’s third leading scorer.  Meanwhile, Terrier Associate Head Coach Steve Greeley told WGRZ-TV in Buffalo that the freshman forward who led Division 1 in scoring with 71 points, is ready to make the jump to the NHL.

► Greenway was a recent guest on The Pipeline Show’s “Draft Spotlight” segment. (Audio

Looking ahead
Three future Terriers were named to All-USHL teams. 2015 recruit Maxim Letunov (photo), who scored 64 points (25G, 39A) for Youngstown, was named to the second team. Drafted in the second round of the 2014 NHL draft by St. Louis, the Moscow native’s rights were traded to Arizona this season. 2015 recruit Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and 2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows were named to the third team. Forsbacka-Karlsson, a playmaking center from Sweden, tallied 53 points (15G, 38A) in 50 games for Omaha.  Bellows, who had previously been named the USHL’s Rookie of the Year, set a USHL Tier 1 era record for goals by a 16-year-old with 33. That production helped Sioux Falls capture the league’s Clark Cup championship.

2015 recruit Max Prawdzik, the Brooks School goalie who led his team to the New England Prep Large School Championship, spoke with the Eagle Tribune about his decision to play his collegiate hockey at BU 
● THFB report on Prawdzik commitment

Looking back
The Toronto Sun noted that former Terrier wing John Hynes is a candidate for the vacant New Jersey Devil head coaching job. A member of BU's 1995 national championship team, Hynes has been head coach of the Penguins' AHL club in Wilkes Barre/Scranton for the past five seasons. 
Hynes profile
UPDATE: TSN's Bob McKenzie reporting that Hynes appears to be the front-runner. New Devils GM Ray Shero knows Hynes well from his days running the Penguins' organization.

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