Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Prawdzik taking “sabbatical” in the NAHL

SB Nation’s Jeff Cox reports that sophomore back-up goalie Max Prawdzik will leave the team for the second semester to play for the NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas. It is expected that he’ll return to BU next fall with two years of eligibility remaining.

Prawdzik was a prep school standout at the Brooks School, earning ISL MVP honors in 2014-15 and leading his team to the New England Large School title.

With his departure and freshman Jake Oettinger currently at the World Junior Championships, it's possible that BU will have only junior Connor LaCouvee--of the three rostered goalies--available for the home game against Union on January 5. That's the same date as the WJC gold-medal and bronze-medal games.  Look for Coach David Quinn to add a back-up goalie to the roster, possibly from the BU Club Team.

Lone Star is the NAHL team that sophomore Oskar Andrén skated for prior to joining BU last January.

● SB Nation report

● Boston Hockey Blog report

World Junior Championships
Team USA takes on Slovakia tonight in its second preliminary round game. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. ET. NHL Network and TSN will broadcast the game live.
USA Hockey game notes
SB Nation preview
Calgary Sun: US shuffles the deck 

Hockey On Campus
This week’s edition of the Hockey On Campus podcast on SiriusXM features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with CHN editor Adam Wodon, Union College coach Rick Bennett, US WJC general manager Jim Johansson and hockey writer Chris Peters. HOC airs on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on SiriusXM channel 91. The podcast can also be accessed on College Hockey News

Looking ahead

2017 recruit Cam Crotty has been named to the East squad roster for the 2017 CJHL All-Star game set for Jan. 25 in Cornwall, Ontario.  Earlier this month, he skated for Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge. In the most recent NHL Central Scouting ratings, the 6-2 defenseman moved up from a “C” to a “B” rating.

Looking back

Jack Eichel scored his sixth goal of the season—a highlight reel effort—as Buffalo edged Detroit, 4-3.

● recap and video.

Charlie Coyle assisted on a pair goals, including the overtime winner, as Minnesota defeated Nashville, 3-2. With six points in his last two games, Coyle is tied for the Wild scoring lead with 29 points (12G,17A).

David Warsofsky assisted on three goals as Wilkes Barre/Scranton defeated Springfield, 5-3. Warsofsky has 21 points in 20 games for the Baby Penguins.

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