Monday, July 15, 2013

BU Terriers in Development Camp

Here is a breakdown of the Terriers that I know of that participated in Developmental camps these last couple weeks and some links to stories written about them.
                                                -Photo Credit  Flickr/slidingsideways
1. Matt Grzelcyk- Boston Bruins 
- Grzelcyk was listed as the B's #12 overall prospect after his stellar freshman campaign for BU. Grzelcyk's relationship with Ryan Fitzgerald,incoming BC freshman and fellow B's draft pick, was highlighted in this piece by CSN's Joe Haggerty.  "Grizz" will hopefully remain with the Terriers for another 2 or 3 years but he is quickly rising up the Bruins prospect rankings.

                                              Photo Credit- James Escher
2. Ben Rosen, Cason Hohmann, Evan Rodrigues, Doyle Somerby- New York Islanders
- The Islanders had 4 Terriers in their developmental camp as they try to build off their promising season last year by adding BU guys to the mix. That certainly is a respectable strategy and one that is bound to succeed.  Steven Braid from Newsday profiled the Blue Team from the scrimmage where Hohmann, Rodrigues, and Rosen were all on the same team.  It is awesome to see Hohmann and Rodrigues getting a look from an NHL team as they deserved to be drafted and will certainly have offers after two more stellar years as top 6 forwards for BU.

Incoming BU freshman defenseman Doyle Somerby who is a 2012 draft pick of the team was also in attendance and let go a 88 mph slap shot in the hardest shot competition. Somerby was quoted in an article from the Islanders website explaining the difference in how he feels about development camp from this year to last year.
Fellow defenseman Doyle Somerby, who recently made the transition from prep school competition to the United States Hockey League, is set to begin his NCAA career at Boston University in the fall. The 6’6 blueliner attended his first mini-camp as a 17-year-old in 2012, less than 24 hours after the Islanders selected him in that year’s draft. This time around, he feels less overwhelmed heading into the week.

“I’m certainly a lot more comfortable,” Somerby said. “I’m not worried about the draft still, or worried about what to do out there. I have a better idea of what to expect. I’ll probably be a little more outgoing this time around. It’s nice coming in this year, knowing what to expect. This week is a good chance for me to get better every day and re-familiarize myself with the workout program.”

3. Robert Baillageron- Ottawa Senators
- Baillageron attended his second developmental camp with the Senators after being drafted in the 5th round last year. He is an incoming freshman this season for BU.

4. Garrett Noonan- Nashville Predators
- Noonan attended his third development camp with the Nashville Predators this past week. Below is a quote from our interview with him the season following his first camp. 
"- Yeah Coach Parker was there too. I was watching it and I had interviewed with some teams and stuff like that but I didn’t know what was gonna go on. Got a call and they said they drafted me and stuff like that. And so they said I had to be down there the next day. I got down there and stayed for like 8 days.  Went to the rookie camp and stuff like that. It was an awesome experience. Really tough camp conditioning wise but great experience to meet the staff and stuff like that."

5. Matt O'Connor- Chicago Blackhawks
-O'Connor skated at the developmental camp for the Stanley Cup Champions. This is certainly a good sign as he seems to be 100% after his collapsed lung that ended his season prematurely last year.

6. Sean Maguire- Pittsburgh Penguins
-Maguire will be attending his second developmental camp with the Penguins this coming week. Below is a video of Maguire from last year's camp. 

7. Incoming freshman Brendan Collier was at Carolina Hurricanes camp this past week.

- Former Terriers Matt Nieto(San Jose) and Wade Megan(Florida) also attended development camps for the organizations that drafted them. This will be a good step for them as they begin their professional careers this coming season. Former Terrier Corey Trivino also attended the Florida developmental camp after a solid year in the ECHL last year while with the Isles organization.

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