Sunday, June 16, 2019

Cup connections; Summer hockey for Terriers; 2009 champs' reunion.

With the Blues defeat of the Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, five Terriers—three skaters and two coaches— fell short of adding their names to the Cup. But there are two BU connections to the champion Blues: former Terrier and NHL standout Keith Tkachuk is a St. Louis scout and Bill Armstrong, father of incoming freshman Jamie Armstrong, is assistant general manager and Director of Amateur Scouting.

More than 20 former, current and future Terriers are skating in the Foxboro Summer League’s pro and pro development divisions. Among them are Charlie McAvoy, Charlie Coyle, Jordan Greenway, Bobo Carpenter, Brien Diffley, Brian Strait, Chad Krys, Max Willman, Doyle Somerby, Danny O’Regan, Ty Amonte, graduate transfer Alex Brink, Patrick Curry, Cade Webber, Robert Mastrosimone, Trevor Zegras, John Copeland, Braden Doyle, Drew Commesso, Liam Connors and Nick Roukounakis.

The pro development league began play this past week while the pro division kicks off on July 10. Games are played at the Foxboro Sports Center.

Looking ahead
As the NHL Entry Draft approaches, The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy spoke with 2019 recruit right wing Ethan Phillips, whom he suggests “could outperform his draft number.” THN ranks the right wing from Nova Scotia, who helped Sioux Falls win the USHL Clark Cup championship, at #71. THN's look at players who have potential to become late round steals includes left-shot defenseman Domenick Fensore.

Looking back

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Stanley Cup Playoffs
On the eve of game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, Matt Grzelyck's availability remains uncertain. He's missed the last four games with a concussion. UPDATE:
Charlie Coyle has 16 points (9G, 7A) in 23 playoff games this year. In 44 previous playoff games, he has 15 points. Charley McAvoy, the third Terrier skating for the Bruins, explained their game six win.

Looking ahead 
With the 2019 NHL Entry Draft less than two weeks away, several Terrier recruits have seen their stock rise. Trevor Zegras, projected to be a top 10 pick, is reportedly among those under consideration at #3 by the Blackhawks, according to their vice president of amateur scouting, Mark Kelley, son of legendary BU coach Jack Kelley.  

 A Los Angeles Kings (#5 pick) fan site posted an audio report from the NHL combine on Zegras by ESPN’s Chris Peters.

Draft evaluator TPE Hockey, which ranks Zegras at #5, projects three BU recruits for early in the second round: Alex Vlasic (32), Domenick Fensore (35) and Robert Mastrosimone (38).

The Buffalo News interviewed NTDP defenseman Case McCarthy, from nearby Clarence Center, N.Y., at the NHL Combine. The 6’1”, 198 right-shot defenseman, who was in touch with Jack Eichel prior to the combine, grew up a Sabres fan watching Chris Drury and Mike Grier.

► Draft Preview—Robert Mastrosimone, Chicago Steel.

Looking a bit further into the future, this video features the NJ Avalanche line of BU recruits Jeremy Wilmer (2021), Devin Kaplan (2022) and Quinn Hutson (2021).

Looking back

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Power forward added for 2019-20; more from the NHL Combine UPDATED

Terriers have received a commitment next season from 20-year-old AJHL Drumheller right-shot power forward Markus Boguslavsky. The 6’1” 190 lb. Calgary native captained the Dragons last season and scored 32 points (16G,16A) in 57 games, while leading the team in penalty minutes with 117. A ’99 birthdate, he added four points in five playoff games. Boguslavsky, whose father is from Ukraine and whose mother is Australian, was named to the AJHL 2018-19 All-Academic Team.

Following the 2017-18 season when he scored 33 points for the Dragons, Boguslavsky was drafted by USHL Dubuque and attended the Fighting Saints’ camp last summer. Previously, he played Bantam and Midget Hockey with the Calgary Flames organization and was selected in the 2014 WHL Draft by the Calgary Hitmen.
Elite Prospects Page 

● Drumheller Dragons news release and bio 
● Dubuque camp profile video  

Neutral Zone's comment on recent 2021 recruit Artem Shlaine, a high-scoring forward from Shattuck St. Mary who will play for USHL Sioux Falls next season:
From the NHL Scouting Combine 
 ● Day Five report

Top underrated prospect
Robert Mastrosimone, No. 53 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, focused on minor details to become a major threat for Chicago of the United States Hockey League this season.

The 5-foot-10, 158-pound left wing, who had 16 goals in 60 games as a USHL rookie in 2017-18, had 60 points (31 goals, 29 assists), 20 power-play points (seven goals, 13 assists) and two shorthanded goals in 54 regular-season games this season. He led Chicago with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 11 USHL playoff games.

"I think this year I became more of a shooter," said Mastrosimone, who will play at Boston University in the fall. "I worked on my release in the summer, getting it off in tight areas. I also had guys I could play with who knew how to dish the puck. Nicholas Abruzzese (51 assists, No. 122 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters) made my game easy; he gave me tap-ins on some of my goals."

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