Thursday, August 30, 2012

Terriers Freshmen Preview Part 3

This is the third part of the freshman preview I have been working the past couple of weeks. Today I will preview the two incoming goalies and a Finnish defensemen. Since my last preview, the school has finally officially released the 9 man incoming class officially with quotes from Coach Parker on each player. You can find the link to that here. I will try not to repeat anything from there besides the quotes from Coach Parker.

7. Sean Maguire, G- Powell River, B.C. (Powell River Kings(BCHL) 17-12-1, 2.33 GAA, .913 s %) 6-2, 202lbs, left shot

- Maguire is one of two incoming goalies this year and would be my pick of the two as more likely to become the primary starter in the second half of the year. We are still very far away from there but the 4th round pick in this year's draft is a good one, according to reports throughout North America. I would expect Maguire to end up with about 20-25 starts this year and be able to post respectable stats somewhere around 2.7 GAA. His success will depend highly on the defensive effort in front of him as former Terrier Kieran Millan posted a 1.94 GAA his freshman year on his way to a 29-2-3 record but every single dman who played in front of him regularly is atleast in the AHL right now.

Coach Parker on  Maguire "Maguire's a big guy who fills a lot of the net and he's got a lot of talent. He had a real good junior career in Canada. We've known him for a couple of years and really like him. We knew we were coming to this point where we were losing two senior goalies and we were very fortunate to get him."

" Sean’s strengths are his character, his willingness to compete and athleticism. Boston University is an excellent school academically and has one of the best hockey programs in the NCAA. We are very proud of Sean for this great achievement.”

Maguire says he chose the Boston University Terriers for a number of reasons. “I choose Boston University because I always wanted to go to school in Boston and Boston University definitely has the best program in the area,” Sean notes. “The hockey team has top-notch facilities, the coaching staff is incredible and I have heard nothing but amazing things about the program.” - The World of Junior Hockey

" Sean Maguire is a hybrid goaltender who possesses a solid frame very good overall natural talent. He is fairly athletic with good lateral movement, but most importantly he is a winner. Maguire has a tendency to maybe overplay the puck or scramble around too much in his crease. He is considered raw at this point, but has the size and athleticism to potentially develop into an NHL caliber goaltender." - Hockeys future

" Powell River coach Kent Lewis said Maguire has the tools to go a long way.

“Sean is a great kid, good character, and his athleticism is fantastic,” said Lewis. “He'll do whatever is asked of him and work harder than anybody." - Some Canadian newspaper

8. Matthew O'Connor, G -Toronto, Ontario (Youngstown Phantoms(USHL)28-16-5, 3.05 GAA, .902 s%) 6-5, 195lbs

- O' Connor fought through some injuries while in the USHL and ended up seeing plenty of shots last year as he was the backbone of his squad. He brings a tall frame and will see his fair share of starts this year assuming he avoids injury. O' Connor should be the solid 1a or 1b goalie for the team this year for the next 3 years thereafter. Seems like a good get for the Terriers squad.

Coach Parker on O'Connor "Matt's another goalie with great size. He was the backstop of a pretty good USHL team, but he was the go-to guy for that team. He saw a lot of pucks. He had a real good career there, and despite an injury that kept him back a little bit, he emerged as one of the premier goalies in the league. We're confident that he and Maguire can give us a one-two punch right off the bat."

O'Connor direct quote "“It has been a great summer for me, I have always aspired to play hockey at the highest level possible and I am grateful to have the opportunity to play here in Youngstown and Boston University in the future. These are two great organizations" -WYTV

Now here is a beauty of a save from a few years back

9 . Ahti Oksanen, D -Espoo, Finalnd (Jr. A SM -Liiga- 14-27-51, 51 GP) 6-3, 195lbs, left shot
- Oksanen is a great get this late in the recruiting game and seems like a skilled defensman who can step into the linup right away and contribute. He is a big, tall player who also seems to have the skills to put the puck in the net. I would expect him to be in the lineup from day 1 in the defensive pairings. I would expect 5-7 goals and about 15 assists from Oksanen this coming year.

Parker's quote : "We were very fortunate to get a player of Ahti's caliber so late in the game. He is a very skilled defenseman who should step right in and develop into a very good player in our league. He will fill the gap left behind by Adam Clendening's early departure."

"Bluesin Ahti Oksanen johtaa nuorten SM-liigan tehotilastoa. Oksasen plusmiinuslukema näyttää 36 ottelun jälkeen saldoa +35. Oksanen on kerännyt liigassa ylivoimaisesti eniten pluspisteitä tasakentällisin, +62." -Some finnish person -

-Anyone who figures out what that last quote means wins a prize to be determined at a later date

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