Thursday, July 26, 2018

Catching up: Grier tabbed as Devils assistant; rules changes announced

Former BU All-American and longtime NHLer Mike Grier has been added to the New Jersey Devils’ coaching staff as an assistant. He rejoins his former Terrier teammate, Jersey head coach John Hynes.

Following a 1,060-game NHL career, Grier has been a Blackhawks scout the past four seasons and also an assistant coach at his prep alma mater, St. Sebastian’s.  A fan favorite during his two stints with the Sabres, he served as a coach in the 2014 All-American Prospects game in Buffalo.

In three seasons at BU, he rang up 120 points, including 55 (29G, 26A) in BU’s 1994-95 national championship season, earning first-team All-American honors and the Walter Brown Award as New England’s top player. 

The Devils recently signed defensemen Brian Strait and Eric Gryba to two-way contracts. Both were members of BU's 2009 national championship team.
● report 

► The NCAA has made a number of rules changes for next season regarding shootouts, video replays and slashing penalties, along with authorizing teams to dress 19 skaters along with goalies for a game. Previously, the limit was 18. report

Looking ahead

Cory Pronman’s “way-too-early” top 25 for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft has Terrier recruit Trevor Zegras at #3. Future Considerations has him at #25.

3. Trevor Zegras, C, USNTDP-USHL
Zegras didn’t have the giant numbers like his teammate Hughes and Cole Caufield, but I was every bit impressed by his talent level. After a lot of the call-ups happened midseason, Zegras’ game went to another level. He needs some maturing in his game, but he has high-end speed, skill and playmaking ability. He’s the kind of player who can push the pace with his skating and hands, but also QB a power play very well. He’s not a big guy, but he still could be an impact player at the pro level.

● Pronman’s Top 25 for 2019

New England Hockey Journal spotlighted the top 2002 and 2003 players at the recent Chowder Cup and Battle of Boston tournaments.

Boston University recruit Jeremy Wilmer, playing on Hockey Essentials White, was by far the best player viewed over the weekend. A standout at USA Hockey Select 15s, he was equally good in Walpole. He’s on the smaller side, but he has great hands, protects pucks and produces offensively on a consistent basis.

Jeff Cox’s list of standouts also included BU recruit Tyler Boucher.

● NEHJ report

Looking back

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