Friday, July 17, 2015

Terriers go camping

Goalie Sean Maguire, returning to the BU roster after a medical red-shirt year, is at Pittsburgh Penguins development camp sharpening his game for the upcoming season. The 6-2 Maguire, drafted in the fourth round by the Penguins in the 2012 NHL entry draft, told TribuneLive’s Chipped Ice blog that pushing laterally was the hardest thing to do, followed closely by reading the releases on pucks. However,

“That came back a lot quicker than I thought it would,” Maguire said.  “I think in the next two months everyone is going to forget about this past year. We’re just going to focus on next year. That’s my plan. I want to be the best I can for next year.”

The Penguins’ camp is being led by former BU captain, Bruins head coach, NY Rangers assistant coach, and newly named coach of AHL Wilkes Barre Scranton Mike Sullivan. He’s being assisted by former BU standout and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli, now in his fifth year at the helm of the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.
● Chipped Ice report

● Pittsburgh Sports News report

At Bruins’ camp in Wilmington, Mass., former  BU All-American and now Boston Bruins Development Coach Jay Pandolfo is putting the players, including Terrier sophomore Brien Diffley and freshman Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, through their paces. 

Diffley, from nearby Burlington, talked with the Lowell Sun about his first experience in an NHL uniform. “"I thought I was pretty good last year, but if I can get that little more confidence rushing the puck up more, joining the play more when I can, it will be good, but that comes with experience, too," he said. (Full story)

CSNE’s Joe Haggarty commenting on Bruins’ development camp:

Saw some of the athleticism, skill, hands and coordination of Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson on display during the tip drills in the forward session. He seemed to have the most ease redirecting point shots into the net with textbook tips while so many of his fellow forwards seemed to really have trouble with the very fundamental skill. Some of it may have just been fatigue, but some of the B’s prospects need to work on standing in front of the net and tipping pucks. It’s easy for me to say, of course, but still very true all the same.

● BruinsTV interview with JFK

Sophomore goalie Connor LaCouvee completed his second NHL development camp today having skated with the Blackhawks after previously attending Rangers camp.

A College Hockey Inc. article on college sophomores at NHL development camps features defenseman Brandon Hickey, who attended his second Flames camp. Calgary GM Brad Treliving discussed the Alberta native’s progress:

"It was an interesting situation for him, last season, having three freshman defenceman there,’’ Flames general manager Brad Treliving told the Calgary Herald. “So he just kept getting more and more responsibility. The impressive thing is that the opportunity was there and Brandon didn’t sit back; he grabbed hold of it.

“Now he’s going to become a leader on that team, develop in that area. What sticks out with him, obviously, is his skating. He’s an elite skater. It comes easy to him. For me, now, it’s just being a little more on the puck, working on his decision-making in that regard. ... We think the sky's the limit for this guy."

►One drafted Terrier not attending a development camp is Robbie Baillargeon. A 2012 Ottawa draft pick, he is attending the second summer session at BU and the NCAA prohibits a player from missing class to attend development camp. Baillargeon had participated in Senators' camp the previous three summers.

Laser-focused on rebounding from a 2014-15 season that began with a bout of mono and never really got into gear, the right-shot center has been working out every weekday at BU as well as spending three days a week working on his shot with Glen Tucker (AKA Dr. Shot) at his Shoot to Score Academy. Alumni of the Waltham, Mass.-based program include Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Noah Hanifin, Zdeno Chara, Jerome Iginla and John Taveres.

When Baillargeon played in the Frozen Four this past April, he became the second family member to skate in the NCAA tournament. His grandfather, Gil Baillargeon (middle row, third from the right), played three seasons for St. Lawrence, including the Saints’ 1951-52 squad that played in the NCAA finals in Colorado Springs, losing to eventual champion Michigan in the semifinal.

►More video from last weekend’s Comm Ave Charity Classic featuring sharp goaltending by former Terrier Anthony Moccia.

Looking back
Former Terrier Corey Trivino is headed across the pond to play with Admiral Vladivostock in the KHL. He skated for AHL Portland and ECHL Florida last season.

Women’s Team
Senior Sarah Lefort and sophomores Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie received invitations to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp in Calgary beginning August 6.
● report

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