Tuesday, January 18, 2022

St. Andrews forward commits for 2024; recruits shine at AAPG UPDATED


BU has received a commitment from St. Andrews College forward Jack Pridham. A late year 2005 birthdate, the 6’0” right-shot forward plays for SAC’s top level prep team, whose schedule includes games in the prestigious Prep Hockey Conference (Culver Academy, Shattuck St. Mary’s, Mount St. Charles). In 25 games this season, he has an 8-9-17 scoring line.

A native of Stouffville, Ontario, Pridham played for the Markham Waxers 16U AAA last season and in 2018-19 had 30 points in 52 games for the Mississauga Rebels U14 AAA. Last Spring he was selected by Kingston in the OHL Draft.

Pridham’s father, Brandon, has been assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2018.

In addition to Domenick Fensore’s recognition as Hockey East Defender of the Week, Jay O’Brien and Drew Commesso were named to the weekly top performers list. O’Brien scored the game winner against UConn eight seconds into overtime and had a team-high three blocked shots. Commesso stopped 25 of 26 shots en route to his win. In three starts since returning from the aborted WJC tournament, Commesso has a 1.33 GAA and a .956 save percentage.

Looking ahead

2023 recruit Jack Harvey assisted on the overtime game-winner in last night’s BioSteel All-American Prospect Game in Plymouth, Michigan won by Team Blue, 4-3. Harvey, who also played in last year’s AAPG, skates for USHL Chicago and has a 10-10-20 scoring line. 2022 recruit Lane Hutson, who was recently ranked #31 among North American skaters for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, played a strong game and set up Team White's second goal.

Following the NTDP U18s’ successful 4-0-0 run in the U18 Five Nations, hockey journalist Chris Peters summarized Hutson’s performance:

Lane Hutson, D: Every year there are players I end up irrationally high on and I’m just warning you that it is going to be Hutson this year. I fully understand the concerns about his size and where he is going to ultimately end up in the draft will likely have to do a lot with that. He’s listed at 5-foot-8, which seems generous and has a lot of filling out to do. Maybe he’s still growing, but that’s hard to project. Here’s what I do know, though — he is as dynamic a defenseman as I’ve covered. His skill level is off the charts and his smoothness with the puck is truly special. He finished the tournament leading it in assists with seven. He is a power-play weapon, but he can produce at five-on-five, escape the zone and he competes, too.

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