Saturday, June 25, 2016

Four first-rounders--UPDATED

As predicted by most prospect evaluators, four Terriers were selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. More specifically, four of the first 19 choices--or 21 percent of the first 19. With those selections, BU ties Minnesota in 2006 for the most first-round picks for an NCAA school.

Clayton Keller was the first to hear his named called, at #7 by the Coyotes. The Bruins, focused on defense, selected Charlie McAvoy at #16, followed by Nashville taking Dante Fabbro at #17 and Kieffer Bellows going to the Islanders at #19.  
UPDATE: On Day 2 of the draft, a pair of incoming freshmen were selected. Defenseman Chad Krys was nabbed in the second round (#45 overall) by the Blackhawks. Forward Patrick Harper was a fourth-round pick (#138) of Nashville. More news to follow tomorrow. The report (link below) now has video interviews with the selected players.

Keller also was the first of a record-tying 11 NCAA players selected and, along with McAvoy and Bellows, comprised 25 percent of the 12 Americans drafted in the first round. 

Fabbro, a longtime Nashville fan, had his name called by Predators Assistant GM and former BU standout Paul Fenton. Center Colin Wilson and chief amateur scout Jeff Kealty are two other Terrier connections to Nashville.

Prior to Friday night's first round of the draft, Terrier Head Coach David Quinn talked with Comcast Sports Network/New England about those four players. Terriers enjoy record first round at NHL draft  
● BU Hockey stands out in first round College Blog: BU ties record  

● Boston Herald: Just what the Bruins need

● SBN Lighthouse Hockey: Isles select “pure goal scorer” Bellows (with video interviews) Islanders select Bellows; photo gallery

● A lifetime Preds fan

● YouTube: Fabbro selection

Friday, June 24, 2016

Terriers announce 9-man recruit class; right-wing Chabot added

Terriers today announced a nine-man freshman class for the 2016-17 season, which includes a goalie, two defensemen and six forwards.  The class is led by four players from the NTDP U18s: forwards Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller; defenseman Chad Krys; and goalie Jake Oettinger. Also incoming are the BCHL’s top blueliner, Dante Fabbro, prep forwards Johnny McDermott and Patrick Harper and USHL forward Patrick Curry.

Head Coach David Quinn:  “This is a class of quality & quantity. Every guy in this group brings something to our team that will help us compete for titles." report (to come)
 Boston Hockey Blog report
 Twitter links: Krys, Fabbro, Bellows, Chabot, Curry, Keller, Harper, McDermott, Oettinger     
 ●  BU Men's Hockey Twitter feed
 ●  Video: Keller, Bellows, Fabbro

A new name among the forward recruits is right-wing Gabe Chabot from the Rochester Jr. Americans of the USPHL Premier league. The 5-9, 175 native of St. Albert’s, Alberta, who led the Junior Americans in scoring last season with 50 points (19G, 31A) in 44 games, is a converted defenseman who was moved up front last season and blossomed as a right wing. He added three goals in three playoff games.

Chabot, who earned a spot in the USPHL Premier all-star game, previously played for the Portland Junior Pirates in both the Elite and Premier divisions. His father is Frédéric Chabot, a longtime minor league goalie who was drafted by the Devils in 1988 and reached the NHL, playing about 40 games for Montreal, Philadelphia and Los Angeles .

● Junior Americans report


Draft Day: Turning Buffalo Scarlet

The 2016 NHL Entry Draft begins tonight in Buffalo with first-round selections, which are expected to include four Terriers—rising sophomore Charlie McAvoy and incoming freshmen Kieffer Bellows, Dante Fabbro and Clayton Keller (photo). The remaining six rounds are set for Saturday. TV coverage tonight begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, while Saturday coverage on the NHL Network starts at 10 a.m.

The last time four NCAA players from the same team were picked in the first round was a decade ago in 2006 when Minnesota’s Erik Johnson, Phil Kessel, Kyle Okposo and David Fischer were selected.

Another freshman, Chad Krys, is projected to be a second or third round pick. Other draft eligibles are rising sophomore Bobo Carpenter and incoming freshman Patrick Harper.

There’s been considerable buzz about the teams interested in the four likely first-rounders.  The Bruins are reportedly looking at McAvoy, a Hockey East All-Rookie selection last season, and Fabbro (photo), the top BCHL defenseman and only Junior A player to suit up for Canada’s World U18 squad, to fill their future blueline needs. Keller, who scored 107 points last season and became the NTDP career points leader, may go as high as the top ten, while Bellows, a 50-goal scorer last season, should hear his name called earlier rather than later tonight.

The Terrier coaching staff—head coach David Quinn, associate head coach Albie O’Connell and assistant coach Scott Young—along with Sports Information Director Brian Kelley, is on hand in Buffalo for the draft.

● College Hockey News 2016 NHL draft preview
College Hockey Inc.: Draft preview podcast
● McKeen’s: Keller draft profile
● mock draft
The Players Tribune: NHL Job Application-Charlie McAvoy 

► Check back later for more news about BU's incoming freshmen class.

In addition to their interest in McAvoy and Fabbro, the Bruins are reportedly among the teams seeking to acquire former BU All-American Kevin Shattenkirk from St. Louis.
● Eagle Tribune: Bruins: Trade or Draft

Looking back
2015 All-American and Hobey Baker Award winner Jack Eichel was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie team. The center from Chelmsford, Mass., ranked second among rookies in goals (24) and points (56) while playing in 81 games. He also led all rookies in power-play goals.
● report

Former Terrier Craig Sanders alerted THFB to several more BU connections to the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Andy Saucier, who was BU’s video coordinator from 2004 to 2010 and also has been a video coordinator for the US Olympic team, currently handles that position for the Penguins. Saucier is the grandson of legendary Terrier head coach Jack Kelley (photo), who served as president of the Penguins from 1993 to 2001. During the broadcast of game seven, broadcaster Doc Emrick gave a callout to both Saucier and Kelley.

Former Terrier standout and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli (Stanley Cup photo) is head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes Barre/Scranton, having succeeded Mike Sullivan who was promoted to Pens head coach in mid-December and led the team to the Stanley Cup title.
● Go report

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