Thursday, July 15, 2010

Another top prospect says "Yes" to BU

For the second time in a week, BU has received a verbal committment from one of the top-rated 1995 American prospects. On the heels of blueliner Anthony DeAngelo's verbal, the Terriers learned that power forward Adam Erne has committed for 2013.

Erne, a 5-11, 175 left wing, is well traveled for a 15 year old. A resident of North Brandford, Conn., he played for the Top Gun program, living in Derry, N.H., before heading to California and two seasons with the L.A. Selects. He was a top forward for the Selects' Bantam AAA team. A 4/20/95 birthdate entering 10th grade, he's returning to the East Coast and will play for the New Jersey Rockets in the AJHL, where former Terrier Luke Popko played prior to the NTDP U17s and U18s. Erne also played for the Boston Jr. Bruins AAA '95 summer team in 2005

U.S. Hockey Report broke the news today, describing him as:

A big, strong-skating power forward type reminiscent of a young Keith Tkachuk, Erne, who projects as a winger, has hands and scoring ability. He will be at the USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp starting tomorrow. So, too, will '95 defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, who committed to Boston University -for '14 -- last week.

Like DeAngelo, "Erne has long wanted to go to Boston University, so that part was easily arranged," according to USHR.

Erne excelled at the 2009 Select 14, where he was described as a "Power forward type [who] bullies his way around. Is strong on skates; hard to knock off puck."

Paul Shaheen's Amateur Hockey Report scouted Erne this past November at the Bauer Invitational Tournament and reported:

It's almost scary how good he is and what he is going to be in a few years. Against some strong Russian competition he made them look sad, with his sick skills. He is a WARRIOR on the ice, blessed with NHL size that he uses to play a highly physical in your face game. He is a wrecking machine with the puck as he protects it while powering through the defense. He has excellent hands and hockey sense. Best line we heard was another scout "If someone threw a puppy on the ice he would run it over to get to the puck", he literally hit anything moving on the ice. Get out to watch him play at all costs. AHR Rating: AAA [note: An AAA rating projects as a first or second round NHL draft choice]
Following last summer's Select 14, AHR projected:

He will be one of the top players in his class come his draft providing he continues to improve. The best comparison at this time that we can make is '93 born player Shane McColgan. They both play with grit and have the skill to go with the edge. AHR Rating: AAA

Erne is the sixth elite prospect to commit to BU for its classes beyond the current incoming freshmen. The others are Cedar Rapids forward Cason Hohmann and NTDP U18 defenseman Alexx Privitera for 2011; Jr. Canadiens forward Robert Polesello for 2012, Erne and NTDP U17 defenseman Matt Grzelcyk for 2013; and, DeAngelo, who'll play at Cedar Rapids, for 2014.

Looking back
We'll need to start referring to the San Jose Sharks as the "Other BU West." The Sharks, who made Charlie Coyle their top choice in the June draft, and who had former BU co-captain John McCarthy make a handful of NHL starts last season as reward for a strong rookie season in the AHL, now have signed former Terrier captain Sean Sullivan to a one-year contract. Sullivan had spent four seasons in the Phoenix Coyotes system. He told The Patriot Ledger that he believes his fresh start with the Sharks will lead him to the NHL. Sullivan had a career-high 49 points for San Antonio last season.

Brian Strait will have a former opponent, BC's Carl Sneep, as a teammate in Penguins training camp--as well as a competitor for a spot on the NHL squad. Strait discussed his pro rookie season in Wilkes Barre/Scranton with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Former BU co-captain Pete MacArthur, who played in the AHL for Rockford last season, is weighing his options for next year. Mac talked with The Saratogian in his hometown of Clifton Park, N.Y., where he has been working out on a unique ice hockey treadmill.

At the development camps
David Warsofsky discussed his experience in Bruins camp with NESN.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

well from what I read on Hostphh, I think that BU is gathering a very good and interesting amount of hockey players and they can be a protagonist team next season

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