Saturday, June 25, 2016

Four first-rounders--UPDATED

As predicted by most prospect evaluators, four Terriers were selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. More specifically, four of the first 19 choices--or 21 percent of the first 19. With those selections, BU ties Minnesota in 2006 for the most first-round picks for an NCAA school.

Clayton Keller was the first to hear his named called, at #7 by the Coyotes. The Bruins, focused on defense, selected Charlie McAvoy at #14, followed by Nashville taking Dante Fabbro at #17 and Kieffer Bellows going to the Islanders at #19.  
UPDATE: On Day 2 of the draft, a pair of incoming freshmen were selected. Defenseman Chad Krys was nabbed in the second round (#45 overall) by the Blackhawks. Forward Patrick Harper was a fourth-round pick (#138) of Nashville. More news to follow tomorrow. The report (link below) now has video interviews with the selected players.

Keller also was the first of a record-tying 11 NCAA players selected and, along with McAvoy and Bellows, comprised 25 percent of the 12 Americans drafted in the first round. 

Fabbro, a longtime Nashville fan, had his name called by Predators Assistant GM and former BU standout Paul Fenton. Center Colin Wilson and chief amateur scout Jeff Kealty are two other Terrier connections to Nashville.

Prior to Friday night's first round of the draft, Terrier Head Coach David Quinn talked with Comcast Sports Network/New England about those four players. Terriers enjoy record first round at NHL draft  
● BU Hockey stands out in first round College Blog: BU ties record  

● Boston Herald: Just what the Bruins need

● SBN Lighthouse Hockey: Isles select “pure goal scorer” Bellows (with video interviews) Islanders select Bellows; photo gallery

● A lifetime Preds fan

● YouTube: Fabbro selection

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