|Future Terrier Jack Eichel|
While the 2013-14 BU Terriers are only about a third into their season, it is never too early to start looking towards the future. With that in mind, here's a quick update on all of BU's current recruits, featuring Jack Eichel, Chase Phelps, Johnathan MacLeod and more. Read on to catch up with these future Terriers...
Jack Eichel ('96, F, 2014) - Playing for the NTDP U18s, Eichel has racked up a 13-15-28 line in only 15 games played this season. Four of those games came during the 4 Nations tournament, where Eichel amassed a 4-6-10 line in only four tilts. He is the U18s leading scorer in USHL play, with a 9-8-17 line in only 7 games played. Jack is expected on campus next fall, and is already being touted as an early first round pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
Johnathan MacLeod ('96, D, 2014) - Also playing for the NTDP U18s, MacLeod was recently marked as a "B" skater in CSS's preliminary rankings for the 2014 draft. Said David Gregory of CSS: "He's a guy for me that will probably push to earn an 'A' rating this season." The former Kimball Union skater has put up 1 goal and 2 assists in 15 games played this season.
JJ Piccinich ('96, F, 2014) - Piccinich is in his second season skating for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, and has found some success early this season. After producing only 3-12-15 in 63 games last season, JJ already has a 9-6-15 line in just 18 games this year. JJ was recently listed as a "C" skater by CSS in their preliminary rankings.
Chase Phelps ('96, F, 2014) - Phelps, a senior at Shattuck-St. Mary's, is currently skating with their U18 Prep squad. Through 19 games this year Chase has a 6-15-21 line, good for third on the team. Prior to committing to BU, Chase was considered one of the top uncommitted players in his birth year. Originally from Eagan, Minnesota, Phelps was also listed as a "C" skater by CSS in their preliminary rankings.
Shane Starrett ('94, G, 2014) - The Bellingham, MA native is playing backup duty this year for the Lincoln Stars in the USHL. Starrett began the year with the Sioux Falls Stampede (also of the USHL) but was traded to Lincoln in late October for a 5th round pick. Starrett has appeared in only 2 games for the Stars, allowing 3 goals in 15:52 of ice time. As a senior at the South Kent School last year, Shane when 24-12-4 with a 1.90 gaa and a .915 save percentage.
Bobo Carpenter ('96, F, 2015) - A current junior captain at Austin Prep, Bobo split time last season between AP and the Middlesex Islanders U18 in the New England Prep League. He posted a 16-17-33 line in 24 games with Austin Prep, while amassing a 6-2-8 line in 18 contests with the Islanders. While waiting for Austin Prep's season to start this year, Carpenter has a 2-0-2 line with Middlesex. Bobo was recently listed as a "C" skater by CSS in their preliminary rankings.
Charlie McAvoy ('97, D, 2015) - Skating for the NTDP U17s this season, McAvoy has a 1-2-3 line in 17 contests to go along with 24 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the NTDP program, McAvoy played for the New Jersey Rockets in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, where he put up a 15-39-54 line in 42 games played last year. Charlie was a 6th round pick of the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL this past May.
Vasili Kolias ('97, D, 2015) - One of BU's newest recruits, Kolias currently skates for the U18 Chicago Mission where he has a 2-13-15 line in 23 games played. An offensive defenseman, Vas was a top two defenseman for Chicago's U16 national championship team last season.
Maxim Letunov ('96, F, 2015) - A teammate of JJ Piccinich's in Youngstown, Letunov has a 7-8-15 line in 18 games played this year, tied with JJ for second on the team. Prior to joining Youngstown, Maxim played for the Dallas Stars Elite U16, where he had a 29-37-66 line in 40 games played. Maxim hails originally from Moskva, Russia, which I guess means we can start making "In Mother Russia..." jokes now.
Clayton Keller ('98, F, 2016) - Keller is currently skating alongside Chase Phelps on Shattuck-St. Mary's U18 Prep squad. The youngest member of the team (he just turned 15 in July), Keller has a 10-9-19 line in 19 games played, only two points behind Phelps. As a 14 year old, Clayton racked up an astounding 58-71-129 line for Shattuck's Bantam squad (as a reference, the next closest player had 94 points).