Saturday, August 01, 2009

Looking ahead—and North

According to U.S. Hockey Reports, BU and BC are both “hot on the trail” of a top 1994 birthdate recruit from Ontario. Robert Polesello is a 5-7, 160 lb. left-shot, center that USHR editor Chris Warner compared to Brian Gionta and Nate Gerbe: “quick, skilled, sees the ice well, can finish, and has explosive speed.”

Polesello, who is likely a 2012 recruit, was observed by both BU Head Coach Jack Parker and his top assistant, Mike Bavis--and their BC counterparts--at the recent Jr. Chowder Cup tournament where he excelled. He plays in the Toronto Jr. Canadians system and was called up to the Junior A level club for a few games last season. Polesello also has played for Travis Howe’s East Coast Selects tournament club, where he earned all-star honors at the 2008 North American Prospects Showcase. Howe reports that Polesello is a “gifted skater and player” who was the ECS ’94 Player of the Year last year. Four current Terriers, Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen, Corey Trivino and Alex Chiasson, are ECS alums.

Earlier last week, USHR reported that BU is among the front-runners for two top 2010 recruits from British Columbia: Left wing Sahir Gill and left defenseman Isaac MacLeod. Gill was a high-scoring forward for Canada's RBC Cup winner Vernon this past season, and a teammate of incoming BU freshman Ryan Santana. This season he moves to the USHL joining the Chicago Steel. MacLeod, 6-4, 195, is a highly-regarded blueliner who will skate for the BCHL Penticton Vees this season after leading the Nelson Leafs to the Kootenay Internation Junior B Hockey League title.

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