Monday, December 11, 2017

Swedish blueliner commits to BU; More kudos for Bach--UPDATED

Junior Jordan Greenway, sophomore Chad Krys and freshman Cam Crotty were named to Hockey East’s Weekly Top Performers list.  Greenway registered his first career hat trick en route to a six-point weekend as BU split its series with UMass Lowell. Krys contributed a goal and two assists to Saturday’s 9-3 win, while Crotty scored his first collegiate goal and assisted on Greenway’s third score.

Looking ahead
BU today received a commitment for 2018-19 from Swedish blueliner Hugo Blixt, a 6-3, 194 lb., left-shot playing in the USHL for Tri City Storm.  Reportedly, the native of Västerås made his choice between BU and Denver.

Blixt is the second defenseman in BU’s 2018 recruit class, joining Ryan O’Connell, a Toronto draft pick, currently playing for the BCHL Penticton Vees and, this week, playing for Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge. BU’s roster has three senior blueliners: captain Brandon Hickey, John MacLeod and Brien Diffley

With 12 points (3G, 9A) in 19 games, Blixt, who turns 20 on January 2, is the Storm’s third leading scorer and the top scoring defenseman. He’s taken four penalties. 

A fourth round pick by Tri-City in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft, Blixt decided to cross the pond after spending the last three seasons on various levels of his hometown VIK Västerås organization, most recently with HK20 in the SuperElit league.  

He told the Kearney Hub “It’s good for my development. The junior league is probably the best in the world. It’s better than back in Sweden. I like it a lot.”

His coach, Anthony Noreen believes he’s made a strong adjustment to the USHL, noting, “It’s even harder for a defenseman going from the bigger ice surface to the smaller ice service. I think there was an adjustment. His adjustment was quicker than most guys I’ve been around at this level.”

“I think he’s a guy who has a chance to be a real special defenseman in this league and beyond,” Noreen said. “I think he’s a guy who can be a dominant presence on our blue line."
Tri-City Storm report
● Elite Prospects page
Blixt video 
● Blixt finding his groove has released its top 25 rankings from the Atlantic region with the #1 spot occupied by 2020 recruit Josh Lawrence, who is in his second season with Selects Academy at South Kent School.  He leads the U16 squad with 54 points (20G, 34A) in 31 games.

At the top of our list is Josh Lawrence, a New Brunswick native who’s currently in his second season playing prep hockey south of the border with the Select Hockey Academy 16U. Lawrence, who committed to Boston University last May, leads his team with 44 points in 23 games this season and he’s the youngest player on his team. Lawrence is a proven scorer; in his last year in his home province, he scored 41 goals in 30 games as a first-year bantam, which is quite an accomplishment. Atlantic Scout Al Rankin comments: “It would be hard to pass up a chance to draft this dynamic player, who is always driving his team’s play. Very mature skills and IQ, and his development has not stalled.”

Looking back

Evan Rodrigues brought the Sabres back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period with a pair of goals, including an extra-attacker goal with 1:27 remaining, but St. Louis would take a 3-2 win in overtime. The tallies were the first of the season for the former Terrier standout who was recalled to Buffalo from Rochester last week.
● Post game comments Rodrigues (video)

Women’s Team
For the third time this season, senior Victoria Bach is Hockey East’s Player of the Week. With four goals against Yale and two against Providence, the NCAA Player of the Month for February leads the nation with 23 goals and is third in points with 40. Terrier captain Rebecca Leslie who had five assists last week was named to the weekly list of top performers. She is fourth nationally in scoring with 36 and fourth in assists with 21.
● HockeyEastOnline report
● report

For the third time in four weeks, Bach is one of the NCAA weekly stars, this time the #1 star with the most goals and points scored.

Bach and Leslie have been named to Team Canada’s roster for the Nations Cup, which will be played in Fussen Germany, Jan. 3-6.
● report

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