Friday, August 25, 2017

2016-2017 Hockey East Officiating Recap #RefCorsi

The 2016-2017 season was another one for the record books in Hockey East. Sure the conference had plenty of great players but the real stars on the ice once again were the people everyone pays to come see, the officials.  Now I don't mean to be too rude to the refs since I scream at them enough during the season from my seat but pointing out trends of incompetence is one of my favorite summer activities hence why you have the 4th annual ref corsi post(last year's post).

Hockey East had an average of 24.69 penalty minutes called in games which were called by Hockey East officials last year(excluding the NCAA tournament). This is up 2.09 minutes/game from 2015-2016 numbers and up 4.5 minutes per game from the 2014-2015 season. The disparity between penalties called on BU and their opponents has also increased in each of the last three years as BU was called for 23 more penalty minutes than their opponents in 2014-2015, 39 in 2015-2016 and 54 in 2016-2017. I don't want to say this is all on the officials(only like 97% Koharski's fault). Some of it does fall on Kieffer Bellows trying to take every possible stick penalty there is in the rule book for the first half of last season. Maybe this disparity is because the refs don't like this post in which case I guess this is all my fault. Without further ado here are the rankings:

*Only referees who called 10 or more games were counted in these rankings

Thursday, June 22, 2017

NHL Draft Preview/Drinking Game

The NHL draft takes place this weekend in Chicago and as usual Boston University is expected to have numerous picks in the first round and 5-6 picks throughout the course of the draft. Rising sophomore goalie Jake Oettinger, who will probably get robbed of the Richter this year because dumb people love Joe Woll even though Oettinger is the better goalie in every statistical category, is expected to be a late first round pick. Shane Bowers, an incoming freshman, is also expected to be a late first round pick. The other expected draft picks for the Terriers include defensemen David Farrance(3rd-4th), Cam Crotty(3rd-5th) and Kasper Kotkansalo(3rd-5th). When these three are drafted BU will have 7 defensemen drafted by NHL teams on their roster which is more than the Bruins currently have on their roster(6). There is also a strong chance all seven of these picks are drafted in the 5th round or higher.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Senior Series Post #3- Doyle Somerby

This is the third part series of a three part senior series on BU hockey senior class  (Part 1- Tommy Kelley and Part 2- Nick Roberto)

Doyle Somerby played the most games out of any Terrier in this year's senior class with 151 games as staple of BU's defensive corps including a brief appearance at forward this season due to injuries to the roster. Somerby was a regular in the lineup ever since he arrived on campus and was easily noticeable with large size and physical play. Somerby was a regular on the penalty kill all four years on campus and was a lot of times used as BU's go to defensive d pairing especially this season with defensive partner John Macleod.

Somerby's senior leadership this year was vital to the team's success as BU was the youngest team in the nation and only had three seniors and Somerby being the most battle tested out of those three. Somerby was the leader of a team this year that was one bounce away from a Frozen Four appearance for the second time in three seasons.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

McAvoy thrives in NHL debut, Greenway staying at BU

Charlie McAvoy played very well in his NHL debut tonight for the Boston Bruins in a 2-1 victory where he logged over 24 minutes of ice time and had a +1 rating(+/- rating is still a stupid stat). McAvoy made his NHL debut after signing with the Bruins and playing in the AHL concluding the BU season ending two and a half weeks ago. McAvoy joins fellow underclassmen JFK and Clayton Keller in playing in an NHL and BU game this season. These three will join the seniors in not returning to Comm Ave and it is difficult to find flaws in any of their decisions since they are all seeing NHL time right away. It is obviously not ideal for BU's success for players to leave Comm Ave before graduation but it is a fact of life when you recruit top end players who drafted to play in the NHL. These three coming out of BU ready to contribute at the NHL level does nothing but build the brand that BU hockey is the place for top end talent to go and develop into NHL caliber players and ideally win while they are doing that.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Senior Series: Nick Roberto

This is the second part series of a three part senior series on BU hockey senior class. (Post on captain Doyle Somerby to come) Part 1- Tommy Kelley

Nick Roberto was the first recruit of the David Quinn era at BU and much like his classmates, he will leave Comm Ave with quite the story to explain his college career. Roberto amassed 44 points over 113 career games for the Terriers including 6 NCAA tournament games. The points were not always the prettiest thing in the world but Roberto always played hard and found ways to produce for his team(see below). That presence will certainly be missed next year.