Tuesday, September 21, 2021

An “offensive dynamo” for the future; Farrance at Predators camp

BU has received a commitment from high-scoring Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U forward forward Brandon Svoboda for 2023. He’s the fourth ’05 birthdate to commit to the Terriers in the past two months.

A 6’2”, 190 lb., right-shot center from Trafford, Pennsylvania, Svoboda paced the Penguins Elite 15Us last season with a 25-38-63 scoring line in 45 games, leading the Pens to a berth in the 15-Only Nationals.

He earned an invitation to the NTDP evaluation camp and in May was selected #31 overall in the USHL Futures Draft by Youngstown. In July, Svoboda played in USA Hockey’s 16U development camp recording four points in five games.

This past June, ProspectPipeline.ca included Svoboda on its list of top 20 Americans for the 2021 OHL draft, along with 2023 recruit Ryan Fine and 2024 recruit Kai Janviriya.

Prospects with as complete a game as Brandon Svoboda offers at just 15 years old are rare to find. An offensive dynamo who can turn the momentum of the game on a dime, Svoboda is equally lethal as a goal-scorer as he is a playmaker. Showcasing great instincts at both ends of the ice, Svoboda reads the game as well as anyone in his age-group, and with his combination of speed and skill, he can significantly shift the course of a game within seconds. Leading the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite with 26 goals and 34 assists over 56 games this past season, Svoboda remains without an NCAA commitment at this time, making him a key prospect for the 2021 OHL Draft.

Puck Preps, which had ranked Svoboda in the top 10 at the 15-Only Nationals added:

Svoboda might be flying a bit under the radar in the 2005 group, but we believe his ceiling is as high as anyone in the birth year.

In 2019-2020 he scored 60 points for the Pens’ 14U squad and in August 2019 he was selected for the STX 68 Combine for ‘05s.

Elite Prospects Page


Looking ahead

2022 recruit Devin Kaplan score a goal and added two assists as the NTDP U18 opened their season with a 5-1 win against Muskegon Friday night. The 6’3” right shot power forward had a 13-26-39 line in 46 games with U17s last season.

In Saturday’s rematch, Team USA came away with an 8-5 win. Defenseman Lane Hutson produced a pair of assists while Kaplan recorded one helper. 2022 recruit Quinn Hutson scored a goal and assisted on two others for the Lumberjacks, while 2023 recruit Gavin McCarthy had an assist.

Goalie Michael Chambre, a 2023 recruit, stopped 20 of 21 shots, yielding only a power-play goal, in the NTDP U17s’ 2-1 win against NAHL Janesville.

2021 recruit Ryan Greene’s second goal of the exhibition season proved the game-winner in Green Bay’s 4-3 win against Madison. The 6’1” center connected with just over a minute left in the third period. 2023 recruit Jack Musa delivered a pair of assists for the Capitols.

2022 recruit Anton Castro stopped 22 of 23 shots in USHL Fargo’s 5-1 win against Sioux Falls. The Mendola Heights, Minn., native earned his second win in two starts.

2022 recruit Michael LaStarza scored the game-winner and assisted on his team’s first tally as Waterloo edged Des Moines, 2-1. The Montreal native is in his second USHL season.

Looking back

David Farrance is impressing at Nashville’s rookie camp. The two-time All-American, who signed with the Predators last Spring, made two NHL starts.  Also at Nashville rookie camp is Patrick Harper, who spent last season with ECHL Florida Everblades and AHL Chicago Wolves.

● NHL.com Farrance at Predators Rookie Camp

Matt Nieto, entering his 10th NHL season, is profiled by as part of the NHL's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. In three seasons as a Terrier, he rang up 102 points (44G,58A) and became a fan favorite.

● NHL.com Color of Hockey: Hispanic Heritage Month resonates with Nieto


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