Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday Morning Hockey

USCHO.com has an article today about Coach Parker, in which he speaks about his heart bypass surgery, this year's team compared to last year's team, and the talented freshman he brought in for this season. Note: Parker himself notes BSRSB's favorite defenseman, Garrett Noonan, as the best defenseman thus far this season.

Hockey East has let out their weekly press release, in which BU's own Chris Connolly is named the player of the week for Hockey East for last week. This award comes on the heels of a superb weekend for ChrisCo, in which he scored two game winning goals and added an assist. Charlie Coyle, Kieran Millan, Grant Rollheiser and Dave Warsofsky are all named in the top performers list.

Speaking of Dave Warsofsky, I realize that I haven't been fair to him lately with all this talk about Noonan. Warso has been one of the top defenders in the country thus far this season, leading the Terriers with 9 points in our first 7 games. The kid can really play, and without him our defensive corps would be in shambles.

Pioneer Press published a story over the weekend in which they say that BU's own Coach Parker (as well as Harvard's Ted Donato, and UMinnesota's Don Lucia) will meet with NHL officials in the near future to discuss "player raids". Over the past few years, it has not been uncommon for NHL teams to come in and use their contractual holds over players to pluck them out of college hockey and into the NHL. For the college teams, obviously, this leads to a growing level of uncertainty every year and definitely makes it tough to know how many players to recruit in a given year. We around here know all about that (i.e. Colin Wilson, Bonino, Shatty and Colby, etc). While I doubt any official ruling will be handed down as a result of these meetings, I do believe they are worthwhile (mostly because I don't want those damn San Jose Sharks coming in and taking Charlie Coyle).

Denver's Jesse Martin was seriously injured over the weekend after being hit from behind by North Dakota's Brad Malone. Malone was served with a major charging penalty and a game misconduct for the hit. Martin officially suffered three fractures in his C-2 vertebra in his neck from the hit, although he reportedly as feeling in all three extremities and may undergo surgery this week to attempt to fix the broken vertebra. Those of us around here who know the Travis Roy story are obviously sensitive to stories like this, so we wish Martin the best and hope that he is able to recover fully.

The Boston Bruins continued their hot start on Saturday night with a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. Tim Thomas got the start in goal and padded his absolutely RIDICULOUS numbers with the victory: 6-0, .5 goals against avg, and a .985 save percentage. Are you kidding me? The Bruins 4 goals were scored by two vets and two rookies - David Krejci and Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron. The B's are next in action on Wednesday.

Inside College Hockey put out their weekly power rankings, in which they more or less parrot the top polls for the week. However, it is worth checking out if you enjoy looking at hockey polls like we do.

Boston.com put up an article in which they spoke with Coach Parker about junior forward Andy Glass and freshmen defenseman Garrett Noonan (both MA hockey products). Worth reading, although it's rather short.

It's never too early to start thinking about recruits. While I'm sure in the coming months Parker and Co. will be announcing a few new recruits for next year, here is Chris Heisenberg's list of current recruits, sorted by school.

That's all I've got people. Get out there and vote, fools.

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