Monday, August 26, 2019

BU Quartet at NHL Rookie Showcase

Four Terriers from last season’s squad are among the 27 rookies and prospects who participated in the NHL Rookie Showcase in Ballston, Virginia on Sunday: Shane Bowers, Jake Oettinger, Dante Fabbro and Joel Farabee.

►The full BU men's hockey numerical roster for 2019-20 is now available, including a few uniform number changes.

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Jay O’Brien scored a power play goal in his first game for BCHL Penticton, a 3-1 exhibition game win against Merritt. A Flyers’ first-round draft pick in 2018, O’Brien is transferring to BU after spending his freshman season at Providence.
● game recap, Spotlight on Jay O’Brien

2023 recruit Ryan Fine, who was the first ’05 birthdate to commit to an NCAA school, had a strong performance at the recent SFX ’68 Combine in Chicago, earning a high ranking from New England Hockey Journal:

#3. Ryan Fine
#8 Black, Mid Fairfield, 3/14/05, Right Shot
NCAA Commit: Boston University
Fine is a speedy forward with elite playmaking capabilities. He had three goals and an assist. All three goals came in Sunday’s finale. His speed is an asset as he can burn by guys and accelerate quickly to make plays in small areas. His agility is a notable asset. He sees the ice well and knows where to find pucks.

Looking back
30 years ago today, Chris Drury, a future NCAA and Stanley Cup champion, and Hobey Baker and Calder Trophy winner, pitched a 5-hitter for Trumbull, CT, for a 5-2 victory over Taiwan to win the Little League World Series. (Video). Drury is currently assistant general manager of the N.Y. Rangers.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Eruzione bio; Mastrosimone back on the ice; Shattenkirk joins Tampa Bay UPDATED

Last week, blog contributor Neal Boudette announced the January 28 publication date for the Mike Eruzione autobiography he co-authored.  A book signing event may be planned for a Terrier home game.

Trevor Zegras had a strong WJSS camp, impressing in the international games. Alex Vlasic and Case McCarthy skated in the USA intersquad games, but were left off the final roster. 

East Islip, N.Y. forward Robert Mastrosimone is back in action, recovered from a broken ankle suffered while blocking a shot at Red Wings’ development camp.

Mastrosimone told that he’s anxious to be part of the BU-BC rivalry. Detroit GM Steve Yzerman commented: "He's really a skilled, competitive kid with great hands and great hockey sense. He needs to fill out, but his skill level and hands are exciting."
● report

Looking ahead
A pair of 2020 recruits, transfer forward Jay O’Brien and defenseman Cade Webber will spent the upcoming season in the BCHL with perennial powerhouse Penticton. Longtime Vees’ coach Fred Harbinson provides an early assessment on his 2019-20 first-year players.

Another Long Islander, 2023 recruit Ryan Fine (Mid-Fairfield Rangers, Center Moriches, N.Y.) is rostered at the elite STX 68 Combine for '05 birthdates. 2021 recruits Tyler Boucher and Jeremy Wilmer and 2022 recruit Devin Kaplan participated in this event in recent years.

Looking back
Former Terrier captain and All-American Kevin Shattenkirk, whose contract was bought out by the Rangers, was snapped up quickly by Tampa Bay. He signed a one-year, $1.75M deal report

Dante Fabbro, who joined Nashville after BU’s season ended and skated for the Predators in the playoffs, took to the rink in Burnaby, B.C., where his hockey career began. video

Wade Megan, who captained the Terriers in Coach Jack Parker’s final season behind the bench (2012-13), is retiring after a six-season pro career. He spent most of last season with the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids as well as 11 games with Detroit. Originally drafted by Florida, Megan played 15 NHL games and scored his only NHL goal with St. Louis in 2017. report
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