Thursday, January 19, 2017

IBUH #13, Quinn, JFK, Prentiss; Six ranked on Central Scouting midterms

Episode13 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, sophomore center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Ben Prentiss, founder of Prentiss Hockey Performance (PHP) and a consultant to BU for strength and conditioning.

Karlsson has been one of college hockey’s most productive goal scorers since second semester began, with seven goals on 11 shots in four games. The Stockholm native and Bruins second round draft choice in 2015 is now tied for the team scoring lead with 22 points and leads in goals scored with 10.

Prentiss’s PHP facility in Stamford, Connecticut is an elite in-season/off-season training facility for athletes including NHLers Kevin Shattenkirk, Martin St. Louis, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Quick and Jason Arnott.  Kyle Czech, BU’s new assistant strength & conditioning coach, came to the Terriers from PHP and coordinates closely with Prentiss.

► Five 2017 Terrier recruits and current BU goalie Jake Oettinger were ranked in the NHL Central Scouting Midterms, announced this week. Highly regarded center Shane Bowers (Waterloo Blackhawks) is ranked #13 among North Americans. Also ranked: NTDP defenseman David Farrance (photo), #52; Brockville Braves defenseman Cameron Crotty, #68; Sioux Falls defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo, #89; and NTDP forward Logan Cockerill, #192.  Among North American goalies, Oettinger, who authored his fourth shutout of the season on Monday against BC, is ranked #3.

Looking ahead
SB Nation’s Jeff Cox took in the Lawrence Academy-Milton Academy game, offering comments on the top players including 2020 recuit Braden Doyle. The blueliner from Lynnfield, Massachusetts played for the Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantams last season, scoring 36 points and joining with 2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone to lead SSM to a national championship.

Braden Doyle, #9 Lawrence Academy, Defenseman, Left Shot, 8/24/01, 5’10"/165 (Boston University) - He scored two goals and it was my best viewing of him in a long time. His physical tools are very good, and always are. His skating, vision and puck-moving capabilities are consistently excellent. However, what stood out today was his poise and composure for being an ‘01 in prep. He didn't rush things and didn't appear intimidated going into corners with older players. Obviously he lacks a little bit of strength when going against ‘98s. His second goal put LA up by two and was a thing of beauty. He picked up a drop pass and sent a laser right under the bar. He has a good stick and makes crisp passes right on the tape of his teammates. He's a classic puck-transporting defenseman. The only knock on him came on a play in the third period when he lunged at a forward leaving the zone and missed, leading to a two-on-one for Milton. He has a legitimate chance to make the NTDP and be a top three round NHL pick in 2019.

Looking back
Matt Nieto scored his first goal for Colorado since being acquired by the Avalanche in a 6-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
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Former Terrier Adam Clendening recorded his sixth assist of the season on a goal that brought the NY Rangers to within one goal of the Dallas Stars, but the Blue Shirts lost 7-6.

Former BU All-American defenseman Peter Ahola is serving as a European Scout for the new Las Vegas Knights franchise. Ahola played for the Terriers’ 1990 and 1991 Frozen Four squads and later for four NHL teams.

Former Terrier co-captain John McCarthy, now captain of the San Jose Barracudas, has played his 400th AHL game, in addition to 88 NHL games with the Sharks.

Former BU blueliner  Scott "Shag" Shaunessy is still lacing them up at age 52. Shaunessy and his East Coast Gutter Snipes will be making their annual trip to Idaho to play the Sun Valley Suns. The Gutter Snipes defense corps includes former Hockey East standouts Mike Mottau (BC) and Hal Gill (Providence).

 Women’s Team

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