Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Eight recruits ranked for NHL draft; a power forward commits for 2022

NHL Central Scouting announced its final rankings for June’s Entry Draft with eight future Terriers ranked.  The group is led by NTDP U18 standout Trevor Zegras ranked #6 among North American skaters. Also ranked: Alex Vlasic (NTDP) #38; Braden Doyle (Lawrence Academy) #40; Robert Mastrosimone (Chicago Steel) #53; Domenick Fensore (photo, NTDP) #68; Case McCarthy (NTDP) #77; Ethan Phillips (Sioux Falls Stampede) #78; and Cade Webber (The Rivers School) #87.

All but Doyle and Webber are 2019 BU recruits. In addition, 2019 recruit Liam Gorman (St. Sebastian’s) was a sixth-round pick of Pittsburgh in the 2018 draft. 

Looking ahead

For the second time in a week, BU has a new commitment for its 2022 recruit class. Nick Roukounakis is a 6’1”, 205 lb. power forward from Pembroke, Mass. A freshman at Thayer Academy playing for former Terrier standout Tony Amonte, he scored 15 points in 19 games, and saw frequent time at the point on the Tigers’ top power play.

Roukounakis, who earned an invitation to last month’s USA Hockey NTDP Evaluation Camp, played in the 2017-18 World Selects Invitational, as did 2021 recruits Jeremy Wilmer and Tyler Boucher and 2022 recruit Ryan Greene. He also played midget hockey for Boston Jr. Eagles 16U Elite last fall and recently was selected by Islanders HC in the NCDC Futures draft.  

Earlier in the week, BU had received a 2022 commitment from Selects Academy forward Ryan Greene, who scored 81 points in 50 games this season.

2019 recruit Phillips leads the Sioux Falls Stampede in points per game with .86. He has 43 points in 50 games. Joined the Stampede full-time in December after beginning the season with Selects Academy.  SF begins its playoffs tonight against Sioux City. 

Looking back

Matt Nieto scored his second shorthanded goal in two games in Colorado’s 6-2  game 3 win over Calgary. Nieto added an assist as did Colin Wilson in a contest that saw Hobey Baker Award winnerCale Makar  score in his pro debut and the Avs take a 2-1 series lead.
● NHL.com recap and box score 
● Video Nieto shorthanded goal in game 2 

Dante Fabbro assisted on the game-winner in Nashville’s 3-2 game 3 win over Dallas. Nick Bonino also had an assist as the Predators took a 2-1 series lead.
● NHL.com recap and box score 

Charlie Coyle scored a power play goal, assisted by Matt Grzelcyk in the Bruins’ 3-2 loss to Toronto in game 3 of their playoff series.
● NHL.com recap and box score

Former Terrier defenseman Pat Aufiero will be inducted into the Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame on May 8.  A three-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic defenseman at Winchester High School, he spent his senior year with USA Hockey’s NTDP U18s before joining the Terriers. At BU, he earned second team All Hockey East and first team All-New England as a sophomore, finishing his Terrier career with 55 points. Aufiero played for Team USA in the 2000 World Juniors and spent six seasons as a professional.
● Wickedlocal.com  Aufiero helped transform Sachem hockey  

Women’s Team

 Sophomore Jesse Compher won a gold medal with Team US in the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, becoming the first US-born Terrier to win gold. Previously Marie-Philip Poulin and Jenn Wakefield won gold skating for Canada. 
● GoTerriers.com report

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