Terriers announced their 2015 freshman class today via their @TerrierHockey Twitter account. The seven-man class is highlighted by two second-round picks in the 2015 NHL draft, a projected first-round pick in next June’s draft, the USHL’s co-leader in goals scored and an All-New England Prep goalie.
Joining 19 returnees from last season’s Beanpot and Hockey East Champions—and NCAA finalist squad—are four forwards: Swedish center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, NTDP U18 left wing Jordan Greenway, Sioux City (USHL) center Robert Carpenter and Boston Jr. Bruins wing Ryan Cloonan. The defense adds Charlie McAvoy from the NTDP U18s and Shane Switzer from AJHL, while Max Prawdzik from The Brooks School joins the goaltending crew.
► 2014-15 stats for each of the freshmen along several highlight videos are shown here.
Forsbacka-Karlsson, whose nickname is JFK, was picked #45 overall by the Bruins in the NHL draft and was an MVP of the USHL "Top Prospects" game, while Greenway was selected five picks later by Minnesota after scoring 44 points for the U18s.
Carpenter, son of NHL standout Bobby Carpenter, scored a USHL-best 35 goals for Sioux City and averaged just over a point per game for the Musketeers. Cloonan, an East Longmeadow native, rang up 92 points playing for Boston Jr. Bruins Premier the past two seasons.
McAvoy was the top scoring blueliner (7-33-40) on the NTDP U18s and quarterbacked the power play as the US won gold in the World U18 Championships. He's projected to be a first-round draft pick next June. A product of the Victory Honda program, Switzer split last season between AJHL Brooks and Lloydminster and racked up 43 regular-season points and another seven in the playoffs. Both defensemen are right shots.
6’3” netminder Prawdzik led The Brooks School to the New England Prep larger school championship and earned ISL Hockey League MVP honors with a 1.25 GAA and a .944 save percentage.
With the addition of the seven freshmen to 19 returnees, BU’s 26-man roster shows 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies. It would have been 27; however junior swingman TJ Ryan has decided to end his playing career due to another concussion. He was originally injured during the Beanpot Tournament as a freshman.
● GoTerriers.com report
● Boston Hockey Blog report
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►Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues, linemates for the final month of BU's 2014-15 season, took different routes to their first pro contracts. Eichel was Buffalo's first-round draft pick and #2 overall this past June, while Rodrigues was signed as an undrafted free agent. But when Sabres rookie camp opened today, the two Terriers were linemates once again as the team prepares for a three-team tournament this weekend with the Bruins and Devils.
● InsideToronto.com report
● Boston Herald: Eicher excited to begin
►The Toronto Sun looks at Senators' rookie Matt O'Connor's quest to reach the next level after his standout season at BU.
Ronan's NEFPHL U18 team won the recent Mass. Tier 1 Labor Day FaceoffCongrats to @TerrierHockey alum @danronan02 being named to Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Still giving back to game as NEFPHL coach.— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) September 11, 2015