Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Freshman rankings; Terrier fan event set for September 23--UPDATED

With the beginning of college hockey season just a few weeks away, first-year players are being scrutinized for the impact they’ll have this year.

ISS Hockey has published its list of the top 30 NCAA freshman and three Terrier rookies are among the first 15: Jordan Greenway (photo) is ranked #6, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson is #8 and Charlie McAvoy is #15.

SBNation issued its ranking of Hockey East recruit classes, rating BU’s seven-man class as second best:

Impact Player: Forsbacka Karlson is a gifted play maker who will dish the puck out well. He's not the fastest of skaters, but his hockey sense offsets that. He is the player most likely to make an offensive impact right away.

Sleeper: (Ryan) Cloonan was originally slated to arrive in 2016, but was pushed up to this fall when J.J. Piccinich left for the OHL and Letunov fell through the admissions process. The Boston Junior Bruins prospect has blazing speed and can find open teammates. A former Maine commit who fielded offers from BC, UVM and Colorado College, he's gritty and plays hard. He should be a fan favorite.

BU has officially announced Chris Dyment as the new Director of Hockey Operations, as was reported by SB Nation earlier in the week. The release noted that:

Dyment spent the past two seasons as head coach of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). He ran day-to-day operations for the Hooksett, N.H., organization, including recruiting, contract negotiation, practices, game preparations and trades. In addition to the USPHL season, he also put together and coached teams for spring and summer showcases. report
Daily Free Press report

BU Fan Event On Sept. 23:


Wednesday, September 23, 7-8 p.m. | Sunset Cantina

Join us at Sunset Cantina, located at 916 Commonwealth Ave, for the inaugural Pre-Season Puck Drop Live Podcast on Wednesday, September 23rd, 7-8 p.m. Hosted by the “Voice of the Terriers” Bernie Corbett and featuring Boston University men’s ice hockey Head Coach David Quinn.

After one of the most memorable seasons in the hockey program’s history we look forward to discussing the new year! Have any questions regarding the 2015-16 season? Bring them for the audience participation portion of the Pre-Season Puck Drop Live Podcast.

The show is free and all Terrier fans are encouraged to attend. Our friends at Sunset Cantina will also be donating 10% of all food sales to Operation Hat Trick during the event.
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Looking back
After a strong performance for the Sabres’ rookies in the Prospect Challenge tournament this weekend, in which he tied Jack Eichel for the points lead with three in two games, Evan Rodrigues has shown that he’ll be competing for a Buffalo roster spot when the team’s full training camp begins this week. He talked with Sabres Hotline (audio) about his initial pro experience.
● report on Rodrigues
● HockeyBuzz looks at Eichel’s performance against the Bruins

Matt O’Connor featured on SensTV discussing his junior year at BU, decision to sign with Ottawa and development goals.

► Former Terrier blueliner Sean Escobedo will begin his second season with ECHL Greenville—and his third pro season— where he scored 19 points in 61 games. He also played four games in the AHL.
Career stats

Sahir Gill is in Pittsburgh's rookie camp and scored a goal for the Penguins's Rookie Tournament game against Toronto. Gill spent the past two seasons playing for ECHL affiliate Wheeling. During the rookie tournament, the Penguins were coached by former BU captain Mike Sullivan, who was recently named head coach of AHL affiliate Wilkes Barre Scranton.

Career stats

Looking ahead
Happy 16th birthday to 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk. The son of former Terrier and NHL standout Keith Tkachuk is playing with the NTDP U17s and has a pair of assists in the team's first two games.

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