Friday, June 29, 2018

2018-19 home schedule; Terriers at NHL Development Camps; Select 17s

NHL Development Camps  
The Boston Hockey Blog has posted a list of 18 current, future and former Terriers attending NHL development camps, including 2018 draft picks Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa) and Joel Farabee (Philadelphia) as well as Shane Bowers (Colorado); Jake Oettinger (Dallas); Kasper Kotkansalo (Detroit); Dante Fabbro, Patrick Harper and David Farrance (Nashville); Bobo Carpenter and Logan Cockerill (Islanders); Drew Melanson (NY Rangers); Ty Amonte (St. Louis Blues) and former captain Brandon Hickey and graduate transfer Max Willman (Buffalo). The BHB list is being updated as more camp rosters are posted.

Carpenter scored three goals in a pair of scrimmages at Islanders Development Camp on Thursday.
● recap 
● Wahlstrom, Carpenter steal the show 

At Avalanche camp, Bowers talked with the Denver Post about his plan to turn pro following his sophomore season. Originally drafted in the first round of the 2017 draft by Ottawa, Bowers scored 32 points (17G, 15A) en route to Hockey East All-Rookie honors.
● Bowers on two-year plan with BU

► Stars potential goalies of the future

Looking ahead

At USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp, 2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone and 2020 recruit Braden Doyle scored goals in Columbia’s 4-3 shootout win against Orange. Mastrosimone, who scored 45 points in 60 games for the Chicago Steel last season, gave Orange a 3-2 lead in the second period, but Doyle’s unassisted tally pulled Columbia even. Mastrosimone also scored Orange’s only shootout goal.

Mastrosimone also had a goal in Orange’s 7-3 win against Kelly. Defenseman Cade Webber, a 2020 recruit from The Rivers School, is also skating for Orange. Doyle, who plays for Lawrence Academy, added an assist in Columbia’s 5-2 win against Gold.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pearl named Associate HC; Q&A with O'Connell; Four Terriers Drafted - UPDATED

BU Hockey Names Associate Head Coach

Former Harvard associate head coach Paul Pearl has been announced as the new Boston University men's hockey associate head coach, replacing the recently promoted Albie O'Connell as second in command of the Terrier program. During his four year tenure with the Crimson, Pearl was recognized for outstanding player recruitment and coaching, resulting in NCAA tournament appearances in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Prior to that, Pearl served as the head coach of his alma mater, Holy Cross, accumulating 297 wins in 19 seasons.

"I am excited and humbled to become part of the Boston University men's ice hockey program," said Pearl. "Having the opportunity to working with Albie, Len and the rest of the staff here is truly exciting and I can't wait to get started. BU's tradition of excellence is something I have always admired."

It was also announced on Friday that new head coach O'Connell will retain the remainder of last year's coaching staff, including assistant coach Len Quesnelle, director of hockey operations Brittany Miller, and volunteer assistant goaltending coach Brian Eklund. Pearl Joins Men's Ice Hockey Staff as Associate Head Coach
Boston Hockey Blog: Paul Pearl named Associate Head Coach of men's hockey

Contributing Terrier Hockey Blog writer Neal E. Boudette sat down with Coach O'Connell to discuss his new role and how he assesses the upcoming BU hockey season:

Neal Boudette:  Congratulations on being named the head coach at Boston University. Did you ever think you'd be in this position, head coach at B.U.?   

Albie O’Connell:  Honestly, not really.  Coach Parker stayed 40 years and Coach Quinn was there and then I just thought things are going well. I was happy to be a part of it now working with them, working for the program and trying to win the national championship.  Then, all of sudden Quinnie is gone, there's a possibility, and it worked out. 

NB:  So how does your role change now as head coach?  You won't be out as much on the recruiting trail as before. 

AC:  No, it changes because you're running the program.  So, you're a little bit more in-house.  You're managing the guys around you and below you, and what the players have to work on.  Obviously when you get to our level, it's a collaborative effort.  But at the end of the day, the guy who's in charge is the head coach. So that's something that's different. It's going to be probably less travel, a little bit more involved on the ice.  And being with the team every day, keeping strong relationships with the players, and making sure all aspects go right, the social piece--the academic piece and the hockey, making sure that everything runs smoothly.


Four Terriers Taken in 2018 NHL Draft

On Friday evening in Dallas, two Terriers were chosen in the first round.  Rising sophomore Brady Tkachuk (photo) was selected fourth by the Ottawa Senators and incoming freshman Joel Farabee was chosen fourteenth by the Philadelphia Flyers.  Tkachuk and Farabee happened to be the first two left wings taken in the draft.
● Three Terriers Selected at NHL Draft
● 2018 Draft Diary: Brady Tkachuk video: Joel Farabee Selected 14th Overall by Flyers
● Flyer make smart pick to land Joel Farabee

In the third round on Saturday afternoon, incoming center Jake Wise was selected 69th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.
● Boston Herald: Locals Jake Wise, John Leonard live NHL 'dream" video: Jake Wise 2018 NHL Draft video: Jake Wise on being a Black Hawk

In the sixth round on Saturday afternoon, 2019 recruit Liam Gorman, a center for Saint Sebastian's, was taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 177th pick.

Friday, June 22, 2018

NHL Entry Draft; Keller & McAvoy in Calder Top-5 UPDATED

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Terriers Ready For The Draft!

For the fourth consecutive year, Boston University will be well represented in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.  Rising sophomore Brady Tkachuk (photo below), who had a 8-23-31 scoring line during his freshman campaign and was named to the Hockey East Pro-Ambitions All-Rookie Team, has been ranked as the #2 North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting Services and is expected to be picked anywhere from third to ninth overall.  A few mock drafts have him being selected fifth by Arizona.  His dad, former Terrier Keith Tkachuk, played there from 1996 thru 2001 and was known as Captain Coyote.

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Incoming freshman Joel Farabee (photo below), a first-line forward with the 2017-2018 USNTDP U-18 team, is ranked as the #12 North American Skater and is expected to hear his name called in the middle of the first round.  The Cicero, NY native had a scoring line of 33-43-76 in 62 games and is known for his high compete level and willingness to go to the hard areas of the ice, despite his modest frame … which should fill out substantially under the direction of BU Strength Coach Kyle Czech. Cicero's Joel Farabee will be Early Pick in First Round

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Fellow USNTDP forward Jake Wise (photo below), who missed the first three months of last season with an upper body injury, returned with a vengeance and became a stalwart on the USNTDP power play.  The Reading, Massachusetts native finished the season with a 11-32-43 scoring line in 38 games and is ranked as the #38 North American Skater.  Most mock drafts project him as a late first-rounder or second-rounder.

● Jake Wise Is One of This Year's Top Centers

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It is possible that incoming freshman forward Jack DeBoer (#166 North American Skater), another USNTDP product, will be taken in one of the later rounds on Saturday. The Madison, NJ native's dad Peter is the head coach of the San Jose Sharks.

This year's entry draft will take place in Dallas, Texas.  The first round will start at 7:30pm Eastern Time on Friday and can be seen on NBC Sports Network.  Rounds two thru seven will start at 11:00am Eastern Time on Saturday and can be seen on the NHL Network.

Top NHL Rookies

Former Terriers Clayton Keller (Arizona) and Charlie McAvoy (Boston) finished third and fifth respectively in the Calder Trophy voting last night at the 2018 NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.  Fifteen months after combining on a thrilling double overtime goal  (at 14:34 of this clip) against the University of North Dakota that sent the Terriers to the 2017 NCAA Western Regional Final, both Keller and McAvoy were named to the 2017-18 All-Rookie Team.

NHL Development Camp

Hockey writer Mark Divver reports that rising senior Bobo Carpenter will attend NJ Devils development camp as a free agent.  The Terrier co-captain was one of the most outstanding performers at last summer's Devils camp.
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