Saturday, August 01, 2020

Terriers add forwards Lachance and Musa to 2022 recruit class

On the first day that 2003 birthdates could make commitments, Coach Albie O’Connell secured verbals from two high-end forwards for 2022: Tabor Academy’s Shane Lachance and Trinity-Pawling’s Jack Musa.  Both have prior BU connections--but very different ones.

Lachance, a 6’4,” 190 pound power forward from Andover, Massachusetts, is the son of former BU and NHL defenseman Scott Lachance and the grandson of legendary Terrier coach Jack Parker. His uncle, Bob Lachance, played for BU’s 1995 national championship team.

As a repeat sophomore at Tabor, he scored 22 points in 28 games and led the Seawolves with 13 goals. Lachance also had a standout year for the Neponset Valley River Rats 16Us with 28 points (12G,16A) in 27 games including five points in the BEAST 16U series. 

As a result, Lachance’s recruiting stock shot up. NEHJ’s Jeff Cox, who this past Spring rated Lachance as the #2 2003-birthdate prospect in New England, and #1 uncommitted, reported:

During his rookie season in prep, Lachance showed flashes of why I believe he’s a top two-round draft pick in 2021. He’s starting to come into his own as he grows into his body. The Andover, Mass., native scored 13 goals this winter for the Seawolves. Notably, 10 of those tallies came over the last 16 games of the season. He has the length to protect pucks and get off quality chances while driving the net and penetrating the middle of the ice. His skating continues to get more fluid at each viewing. He might not be the most productive ’03 in prep next season, but in two or three years, I believe he’ll be at the top of this class.

In May he was selected by Tri-City in the USHL Phase 2 draft and also by Rimouski in the QMJHL draft (32nd overall).

Previously, Lachance spent two seasons at Andover High, earning All-MVC honors in 2018-19.

● Elite Prospects Page

Musa, scored 30 points in 24 games for Trinity-Pawling and 29 points in 17 games for the North Jersey Avalanche 16U AAA. His BU connection is the three Avalanche teammates who previously committed to BU for 2022: defenseman Lane Hutson and forward Devin Kaplan—who were selected for the 2020-21 NTDP U17s—and goalie Anton Castro.

This past June, NEHJ’s Cox wrote: 
Musa, who just finished his second season at Trinity-Pawling, is being pursued by several programs from across Hockey East, ECAC Hockey, the Big Ten and NCHC. He’s already been on a visit to Boston University, and a few other programs are looking to get him on campus in August. From Orange Park, Fla., Musa is on the smaller side, but he has a bulldog mentality to go along with his skill-set. He had nine goals and 21 assists in 24 games as a sophomore.
He earned third team all-star honors in the 2019-20 BEAST series16U scoring six goals and three assists skating on a line with Kaplan.

Last summer, Musa was named MVP of the 2019 Chowder Cup with 16 points in six games, earning the Bob Crocker Award named for the longtime BU assistant coach and NHL scout.

Musa’s older brother, Joey, who also played for Trinity-Pawling, will be a freshman at Dartmouth this season.

Elite Prospects Page

North Jersey Avalanche 16U AAA stats

In addition to Lachance and the four from the Avalanche, BU's 2022 recruit class also includes: Selects/Green Bay center Ryan Greene, who joined Kaplan and Hutson on the BEAST series16U first all-star team; Thayer wing Nick Roulounakis, and Gentry Galaxy forward Jack Harvey.

Looking back

71 former Hockey East players are rostered for the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 16 Terriers, the most of any conference school.

Boston University (16) - Nick Bonino (NSH), Shane Bowers (COL), Alex Chiasson (EDM), Adam Clendening (CBJ), Charlie Coyle (BOS), Dante Fabbro (NSH), Joel Farabee (PHI), Jordan Greenway (MIN), Matt Grzelcyk (BOS), Clayton Keller (ARI), Charlie McAvoy (BOS), Matt Nieto (COL), Danny O'Regan (NYR), Jake Oettinger (DAL), Evan Rodrigues (PIT), Kevin Shattenkirk (TB)

● HockeyEastOnline report

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