Friday, July 21, 2017

Krys impresses at Blackhawks camp--UPDATED

Defenseman Chad Krys is opening some eyes at Blackhawks development camp this week and Coach David Quinn is expecting that to carry over into the 2016 second-round draft pick’s sophomore season  Quinn is looking for the Connecticut native to have a breakout season on the BU blueline.

“Now that he’s comfortable and knows what’s expected of him, I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but I think he can have a breakout year. He’s played a lot of hockey, and I really think he has the elite talent, the work ethic continues to improve and his conditioning really improved.”

●’s Day3 Prospect Notes (with video)

The Boston University defenseman may have been the best player on the ice today.  I was unaware that Krys had so much offensive ability but he really showed it today.  During 3on3 rushes, he was making nice drop passes to his teammates and finding open guys for the easy goal.  He also had his own five-hole goal.  I’m very curious to see him in scrimmages Friday to see how he plays under pressure.  Regardless, his skating ability and hockey IQ were fully on display today.

Looking ahead
Three future Terriers are playing in this weekend's Junior Chowder Cup with defending champion Black Squirrels. After three games, 2020 recruit Liam Connors (photo) leads the team with five goals and six points, 2019 recruit Braden Doyle has a goal and two assists. 2020 defenseman Cade Webber also is skating for the Squirrels. (team stats)

Looking back has ranked the top ten Hockey East freshman performances of all time with Jack Eichel and Kieran Millan earning spots in the top five. Eichel scored 71 points in 2014-15, leading BU to the NCAA championship game. In 2009, Millan posted a 29-2-3 record with a 1.94 GAA and a .921 save percentage to backstop the Terriers to their fifth national championship.

Terrier hockey alumni will gather on Monday at Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale for the annual alums tournament. Last summer, 96 Terrier alums, along with ESPN’s John Buccigross competed in the event.

A pair of Terrier forwards will begin their pro careers together in South Carolina with the ECHL Stingrays.  A week ago Nick Roberto signed on with South Carolina and on Thursday, former Terrier Robbie Baillargeon did the same. Baillargeon, who led BU in scoring as a freshman, played for Arizona State last year as a graduate transfer.

Flashback to the D.C. Miracle

Women’s Team
Assistant Coach Katie Lachapelle is leaving BU after nine seasons on Coach Brian Durocher’s staff. She’s been named the new associate head coach at Holy Cross.
● report

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Six Terriers set for World Junior Summer Showcase

Rosters have been announced for the two USA squads that will participate in next month’s World Junior Summer Showcase, a first step toward choosing the US Junior National Team that will compete in the World Junior Championships. Sophomore Chad Krys and freshmen Brady Tkachuk and Logan Cockerill are on the Blue squad, while sophomores Jake Oettinger and Patrick Harper will skate for the White squad. The tournament begins on July 29 in Plymouth, Michigan.

USA White plays defending WJC champion Finland on the first day of the event, while USA Blue faces off with the Finns the next day. Freshman Kasper Kotkansalo, a Red Wings third-round draft pick who won a gold medal in the 2016 World U18s, is on the Finnish U20 roster.
● USA Hockey report and rosters (Blue & White)
● Finn Prospects report

At the recently completed Senior Chowder Cup tournament, three current Terriers and a future one were among the top 16 scorers.  David Farrance (photo) led all scorers with 19 points, while Hank Crone was second with 13. Tkachuk and 2019 recruit Trevor Zegras tied for 11th with eight points.
● Chowder Cup scoring leaders
● Boston Knights roster

Looking ahead
2019 (or 2020) recruit Braden Doyle, selected in the second round of the USHL draft by Dubuque, impressed at Fighting Saints summer camp.
SBN review of Beantown NAPS tournament:

Braden Doyle, #7 Junior Bruins, 8/24/01, Defense, Shoots Left (Boston University) - He played his usual game here. He's dynamic with the puck on his stick. His skating, vision and stick skills are all very good. He's property of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. 

Looking back
Charlie McAvoy, whose first exposure to the NHL was six playoff games, is hard at work, looking to secure a full-time role on the 2017-18  Bruins.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CACC3: "Honestly, as the 3rd period rolled around, it was a little serious"

By Neal E. Boudette
BOSTON – You never like to lose to the school up the street, and the annual Comm Ave Charity Classic, while all for a good cause, is no different.
The Terrier alums, behind a hat trick by Garrett Noonan and two goals apiece from Mike Moran and Jack Eichel, went home with an 8-6 victory over BC.
“Honestly, we’ve all played professionally and, as soon as the third period rolled around, it was a little serious,” said Brian Strait, a defenseman on the 2009 national championship team who’s signed to play for the New Jersey Devils this season. “Once you hit the 10-minute mark, that’s when guys were like, ‘OK, I’m going to go a little harder here.’ Guys were looking to make solid plays and get a win.”
Jack Parker, who was back behind the Walter Brown Arena bench for the Terriers, summed up the game with a laugh: “Everybody had fun.”

Of course the only number that truly mattered was $64,388, the sum raised by the event, which included a silent auction of signed sticks, photos and jerseys donated by players from both teams. The total surpasses the $55,000 that was raised a year ago.
The money benefits the Travis Roy Foundation on the BU side, and Compassionate Care ALS, which provides care and support for people suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. The organization is closely associated with BC because Pete Frates, the ALS sufferer who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, graduated from BC and captained its baseball team.
“As many people as we can get to come out here and raise some money – that’s what it’s all about,” Strait said. “It was a great turnout and a great game too.”
Fan favorite Jack Eichel opened the scoring only minutes into the game, taking a pass from Charlie McAvoy and redirecting it past BC netminder Cory Schneider at the left post. BC had more and more chances as the first period wore on, but Matt O’Connor was equal to the task.
The Eagles tied it up ten minutes into the period on a wrist shot from Paul Carey. Terrier fans who dabble in BC trivia may recall that it was Carey who scored the game winning goal in the 2012 national championship.
Moments later it was O’Connor with another pad save, and then Johnny Gaudreau tried to dangle through Doyle Somerby but the former captain shut him down.
Late in the period, the Terrier alums regained the lead, when Mike Moran took a feed from Freddy Meyer and fired an NHL-quality snap shot from the left dot, beating Schneider high on the glove side and picking the corner. Moran spent last season with the Mississippi River Kings of the Southern Professional Hockey League, going 29-24-53 in 42 games.
“That was some shot and he beat an NHL goalie,” Somerby said of his former teammate. “Mike can really shoot the puck. We’ve seen him do that before. Beanpot against Northeastern a few years ago. Check YouTube. Back of the net and out, just like this one.”
In the second, BU extended its lead when Noonan – playing wing -- streaked into the BC zone and showed that maybe Schneider does in fact need some work on his glove hand before joining the Devils for training camp. Moments later Moran got his second of the game, potting a rebound. The Walter Brown crowd then went into a chant of “Schneider, Schneider, you suck!”
It’s all for a good cause, of course.
Eichel then got his second of the game with a laser from the right circle.
At that point Sean Maguire took over the BU net, and John Muse replaced Schneider. Maguire hardly had time to tap the goal posts before Gaudreau swept in on a partial breakaway and used the five-hole to enliven the BC faithful. “It’s all your fault!” they chanted.
Eichel set up Danny O’Regan for a clean breakaway.  Muse stopped the shot, but just the sight of those two hooking up again was enough of a thrill. BU added another goal from Sean Sullivan, who played his last of four seasons under Jack Parker in 2006-07. He’s still making a living playing hockey in Germany’s DEL, and is signed to man the blue line for ERC Ingostadt this fall.
Oh yeah, BC got a late goal on a one-timer and the period ended 6-3.
A minute into the third, Kevin Hayes scored for BC, signaling the Eagles weren’t done yet. Noonan then found himself in front of the net and deked right, left, right, left and finally slid the puck past Muse. Still, two quick goals from BC  turned it back into a nail-biter until Noonan, who scored 30 goals in four years with the Terriers, burned Muse top shelf from an impossible angle, sending the home crowd into one final frenzy.
“It was a lot of fun to get out there,” said Freddy Meyer, who at 36 was the oldest Terrier on the ice. “There were a lot of young guys playing. It’s funny looking around the locker room seeing how young guys are now. Hopefully I’ll be invited back next year.”

Game notes:
Sean Maguire suffered what appeared to be a knee injury late in the game. No word on the seriousness of the injury although he was seen limping after the game.
Maguire is in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and should have a shot at competing for the job backing up starter Matt Murray.
Freddy Meyer is heading into his fourth season coaching a junior team, the East Coast Wizards in Bedford, Massachusetts. He spent two years as an assistant with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He also has his own business doing camps, clinics and private lessons.
Brian Strait has signed with the New Jersey Devils and is excited to be reunited with a familiar face: Head Coach John Hynes was coaching the USA NTDP team when Strait was in the program in 2004-06.
“I went into a situation last year where I didn’t really know any of the management and this year I’m in a situation where I have a history with all the management. It’s better to be more familiar with people, especially Hynesie, I’ve got quite a history with him,” Strait said.
Strait had been a solid D-man for the Islanders for four seasons but spent most of last year with the AHL's Manitoba Moose, while suiting up for their NHL club, the Winnipeg Jets, only five times.
“I’m excited. I want to get back in the NHL full time,” he said. “Ray Shero is building something in New Jersey and I’m working hard.  I want to make a really good impression when I get to camp.”

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