Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A BU flavor at the combine; McAvoy scores in Bruins' win

The 2019 NHL Draft Combine began Monday in Buffalo with seven Terrier commits among the 104 invitees. The group includes four from the NTDP U18s— defensemen Domenick Fensore, Case McCarthy and Alex Vlasic and forward Trevor Zegras—along with forwards Robert Mastrosimone (Chicago Steel) and Ethan Phillips (Sioux Falls Stampede, photo) and blueliner Cade Webber (The Rivers School). All are 2019 Terrier recruits, except for Webber who will play for BCHL Penticton next season.

NHL.com's Day 1 report on the Combine identified Phillips as a "top underated prospect." 

Stanley Cup

Charlie McAvoy scored an unassisted power-play goal in Boston's opening game 4-2 win against St. Louis. 

Charlie Coyle, one of the three Terriers skating for the Bruins, has penned an article for The Players’ Tribune, “Let’s Bring It Home,” tracing his hockey roots from his early days in a Weymouth, Massachusetts hockey family.
● ThePlayersTribune.com introduction

BUToday.com Five Ex-Terriers (Players and Coaches) Have Huge Role in Bruins Stanley Cup Run 

USCHO.com Cup Finalist Bruins feature five players/coaches with BU Connections  

A New York Times profile of Zdeno Chara points out that his blueline partner, Charlie McAvoy, was born 32 days after Chara’s NHL debut with the Islanders and that as a 20-year-old rookie, Chara was mentored by another Terrier, Scott Lachance.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Five for the Cup; high-scoring forward commits for 2021

Five Terriers—Charlie Coyle, Matt Grzelcyk, Charlie McAvoy and assistant coaches Jay Pandolfo and Joe Sacco—will look to put their names on the Stanley Cup as the Bruins and the Blues begin the Cup finals on Monday, reprising the 1970 final. Pandolfo already is on the Cup twice, having won with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003.

● BostonSportsJournal.com Chara-McAvoy Mutual Respect

Looking ahead

BU gained its fifth recruit for 2021 with a verbal commitment from standout Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep forward Artem Shlaine. A native of Moscow transplanted to Florida, the 6’1” left-shot center produced 90 points (34G, 56A) for the Sabres, the top U.S. midget team throughout most of the season. Shlaine added a dozen more, including three power play goals, in the Tier 1 18U nationals, just a point behind the tournament leaders.  A 2018 draft pick of USHL Sioux Falls, he suited up for the Stampede in two playoff games this season (more below).

New England Hockey Journal’s Jeff Cox says Shlaine is “a power forward with skill. Plays a heavy game. He was so good for Shattuck this year. Best forward in 18U hockey this year.”

Last month, Shlaine was drafted 56th overall in the OHL Priority Draft by the Owen Sound Attack, whose general manager said, “If he comes, he’s going to be a phenomenal player.”

In 2017-18 Shlaine scored 89 points (51G, 38A) for South Florida Hockey Academy U16 and earned a spot in the USA Hockey Select 16 Development Camp all-star game.

In 2017, he played in the World Selects Invitational 15U, scoring six points, and skated for the Cape Cod Whalers 16U in the Boston Junior Bruins’ shootout, earning a strong review from NeutralZone:

Artem Shlaine # 13 (F, L, South Florida Hockey Academy, 2002)- Lengthy left shot forward at 6’0", 155. As he continues to develop physically, he will be even more dangerous. He is really creative and poised with the puck, anything can happen when the puck is on his stick. He slows the game down and sees the ice so well. He is not the fastest player on the ice, but he has the ability to do everything else. High IQ and makes great hockey plays.

Last weekend, Sioux Falls, with Shlaine and 2019 recruit Ethan Phillips, won the USHL Clark Cup, completing a three-game sweep of Chicago with a 5-1 win.  Phillips, who had 43 regular-season points, added five in six playoff games. 2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone led the Steel and all playoff scorers with 15 points in 11 games. His two-seaon USHL regular-seaon totals are: 47 goals and 58 assists in 114 games.  Phillips (Western Conference) and Mastrosimone (Eastern Conference) were the MVPs at the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in December.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Grzelcyk, Coyle power Bruins win

Former Terrier captain and All-American Matt Grzelcyk’s first NHL multi-goal game powered the Bruins to a 6-2 win against Carolina, giving Boston a 2-0 series lead in the conference final series. Charlie Coyle assisted on both of Grzelcyk’s goals—on power plays—and added a third assist as well.

Looking ahead  
2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored a power-play goal and assisted on another tally for Chicago, but Sioux Falls rallied late to tie and went on to a 3-2 double overtime win in game two of the USHL Clark Cup finals. Mastrosimone leads all scorers in the playoffs with 15 points in 10 games.
● USHL.com recap and box score 

Looking back
Dante Fabbro scored a goal in Canada’s 8-0 rout of Great Britain in the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Recruits shine at WSI tournament

Clayton Keller
scored a goal, assisted by Jack Eichel in Team USA’s 5-2 win against Germany in an exhibition game for the IIHF World Championships. Team USA begins preliminary round play Friday against Slovakia with an 8:15 p.m. ET start. The game airs on NHL Network.
Looking ahead

At the World Selects Invitational 15U, 2022 recruit LD Lane Hutson led all players in assists with 15, helping Draft Day Black win the ‘04 division title. After setting up the game-winner in the semifinal, Hutson scored a goal and added an assist in the 5-3 title game win against East Coast Selects. His 16 points in nine games tied for third overall in scoring, earning him a spot on the tournament all-star team. 

Fellow 2022 recruit Devin Kaplan also played in the WSI 15U for ‘04s and scored four goals and added an assist in seven tournament games.  A third 2022 recruit, Ryan Greene, competed in the 15U division for ‘03s and led Hockey Essentials with six points in seven games.

In phase 1 of the USHL futures draft, Greene was selected third overall by Green Bay. Thayer’s Nick Roukoumakis, also a 2022 recruit, was selected in the fourth round in Dubuque. In the phase 2 draft, BU’s Mark Cheremeta was selected in the third round by Dubuque.  2020 recruit Brian Carrabes went in the fourth round to Sioux Falls and BU’s newest recruit, Quinn Hutson was picked by Waterloo in the sixth round.

Rivers School defenseman Cade Webber will play a junior season in the BCHL with the Penticton Vees before joining the Terriers in 2020.  The 6’6” blueliner played three seasons with the Red Wings, playing for former Terrier Shawn McEachern. This past season he had a 12-14-26 line in 29 games while also suiting up with the NTDP U18s in seven games.  

● PentictonVees.ca report 

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored a pair of goals for Chicago in last Friday’s 4-1 playoff win against Muskegon, earning first-star honors. He assisted on a goal the next night as the Steel eliminated the Lumberjacks, 3-2, to claim the USHL Eastern Conference Title.  Mastrosimone is tied for the league lead in playoff points with 13 in eight games. The HockeyWriters.com jumped Robert Mastrosimone from #54 to #32 on its draft board.

Beginning Friday, Chicago meets Western Conference champion Sioux Falls and 2019 recruit Ethan Phillips in a best-of-five series to crown the Clark Cup Champion. Phillips, who has missed six playoff games with an injury, has four points in three games.

Women’s Team

Assistant Coach Keady Norton has been promoted to Associate Head Coach on Brian Durocher’s staff.

● GoTerriers.com report

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