Thursday, May 26, 2016

Boston University is the place to be for a NHL draftpick

We are now in the middle of the slowest time of year for college hockey in terms of games played but it is the most important time of year for most of the high profile programs. Many of the top recruits in the country are choosing between colleges where they have committed(probably BU if they are a top recruit) and signed National Letters of Intent and the Canadian Hockey League. This is especially true for BU this year as they will have 4-5 first round draft picks in the coming 2016 NHL draft. These high draft picks are always the most highly sought after by the Canadian hockey league who recruit the players by saying whatever they need to say to convince the players to come north. A CHL GM job requirements are the exact same as a used car salesman as they will say and do anything to get a player on their team.

This will especially be true this year with soon to be BU freshman Clayton Keller who is also drafted by the Winsdor Spitfires who are the host of the Memorial Cup next season. Their GM/snake oil salesman has said that Keller is the team's " top priority. He is the team's best player". To translate this from CHL it means he is going to throw the kitchen sink and probably some under the table cash at Keller to try to get him to go north. Things seem bound to really heat up once Keller and classmates Kieffer Bellows and Dante Fabbro are drafted next month as certain teams teams located in Canada or run by idiots favor the CHL historically over the NCAA while other franchises such Florida, NJ, etc seem more prone to allow the players to develop in the NCAA. Keller is a smaller forward who will definitely excel and succeed in either league he chooses. The question for Keller or lack there of will be where he wants to do that. Obviously I have no idea what is going through Keller's head or how much devalued Canadian money is being dropped on his doorstep this summer. The decision really comes down to that Keller can go to BU and play with 9 top 3 round NHL draft picks(5 being his classmates) and work out with a former NHL strength and conditioning coach to get stronger which he will need as a smaller sized forward or he can go play a full 80 game schedule while tooling on 16 year old defensemen. He will definitely score more points in the CHL but will he be more ready for the NHL when he chooses to make that jump than he would coming from BU? Probably not. Also, the Winsdor Star wrote the above mentioned article basically begging him to come to Windsor quoting his friend Logan Brown and detailing how he has been trying to recruit Keller. Keller is not quoted in the article but there is a clearly a big push coming from all different parts of Windsor to get him. We did not reach out to Keller for this blog post because we aren't slimy Canadians.

 The same can be said for Bellows who has idiotic Portland fans writing open letters to him to be more like his dad. Kieffer Bellows isn't his dad. He is going to end up a very good NHL player like his dad regardless of which way he goes. He doesn't have to make the same exact decisions as him. This is like saying that you should work at McDonalds because your parents did and they turned out to be the CEO later in their career even if you have the chance to join a company as a VP right out of school. The WHL does not represent more of a challenge for Bellows. He will be challenged and allowed to develop more physically in NCAA with less games and more time working out. The dumb fan makes the point that Bellows dad did win a Memorial Cup which is cool but is it really more impressive or fulfilling than a NCAA championship to an American? I get the Memorial Cup is a big deal in Canada but it might as well be a cereal bowl south of the border. Bellows and Keller, who were linemates with the U-18's this year definitely will be given top 6 minutes at BU next year and play in every situation similar to Jack Eichel(may have heard of him) did his only year on Comm Ave. Eichel just played in 81 of his team's 82 games scoring 56 points in his rookie year as a 19 year old.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Senior Series Post #6 Matt Grzelcyk

This is post #4 in the Senior Series. You can find the first three posts here. (Danny O'Regan, Matt Lane,Ahti OksanenSean Maguire, and Mike Moran)

Senior Captain Matt Grzelcyk was the one of the few two year BU captain in history joining the likes of Jack O'Callahan in the late 1970's. Grzelcyk, like O'Callahan, was a local kid who grew up playing Charlestown just a few miles from Boston University and seemed to enjoy every second of playing at the school from a fan's perspective and from everything he has said to the media the last four years.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Senior Series Post #5 Danny O'Regan

This is post #5 in the Senior Series. You can find the first four posts here(Matt LaneAhti OksanenSean Maguire, and Mike Moran)

Danny O'Regan was one of the most consistent and prolific scorers in BU Hockey History. O'Regan put 154 points on the scoreboard during his collegiate career including atleast 10 goals in each of his four seasons. Every year, members of the media would have reasons why O'Regan wouldn't succeed or wasn't as good as his numbers indicated. He was a freshman forward coming right out of HS without much international experience during his first year on Comm Ave. His sophomore year people were asking if he could carry an offense without Matt Nieto on his opposite wing. His junior year was people questioning his development because his point production decreased from freshman to sophomore year. This past season I think Danny O'Regan was referred to a "passenger" in reference to playing with Jack Eichel last year the most times ever for a first team HE all star and the MVP of BU hockey for a season. O'Regan proved these people wrong time in and time out as he continually produced goals especially in crucial moments. From the two goals vs BC in the HE semis vs BC in his freshman year to the GWG in the NCAA first round OT win over Yale last season, O'Regan was always sniffing around the net looking for a goal whether it was pretty or not. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Senior Series #4 Matt Lane

This is post #4 in the Senior Series. You can find the first three posts here(Ahti Oksanen, Sean Maguire, Mike Moran)

Matt Lane is the exact type of player that college hockey teams need to be successful. He came in as a freshman that was a bit outshadowed on his U-18 team that included the likes of Seth Jones and Jacob Trouba amongst others. Lane arrived at BU and from day one he could skate with anyone in college hockey. He was a similar type player with Cason Hohmann in that he was a small, fast skater who had to work hard to develop his scoring touch during his time at BU. Lane's points, goals, and time on ice increased over each of his four seasons ending with him playing a crucial Top 6 role this past season as an assistant captain. Current coach David Quinn mentioned Lane as a hard working leader numerous times throughout the last season even going out of his way to mention Lane's improved shot which resulted in 14 goals this season.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Senior Series Post #3- Ahti Oksanen

This is post #3 in the Senior Series. You can read Sean Maguire's here and Mike Moran's here.

Ahti Oksanen came to BU an unknown Finnish defenseman recruited to fill the void left by Colby Cohen signing a professional contract. He left as a fan favorite forward who lead the  NCAA in shots on goal as a senior. He is now one of the most sought after undrafted free agents in the NHL and will certainly have his choice of team when he feels ready to make his decision.

Oksanen continued to improve despite changes through his career. After his freshman year, the coaching staff was changed from legendary Jack Parker and associated head coach Mike Bavis(who recruited Ahti) to current head coach David Quinn. Quinn kept Ahti on defense for a full year before making the switch to have Oksanen play at forward for his junior and senior seasons. Oksanen was hesitant at first and even went as far as practicing on defense the entire summer before his junior season despite Coaches Quinn and Steve Greeley reinforcing to him that he would be a forward.