Monday, April 29, 2013

A New York Islander Playoff Preview

Crosby is a little bitch. Malkin nickname is "Geno."(Side Note: Wayne Chrebet is a HERO of mine). JAROME sucks. Fleury has a gaping whole larger than than a 1 cent hooker.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Captain Candidates

                                                        Last Year's Captains(minus Noonan)

Due to the coaching change in BU hockey this offseason, the captains of next year's squad was not named at the Friends of Hockey Banquet this past weekend as is typically done. Retiring coach Jack Parker said that he thought this should be something incoming coach David Quinn should decide. Quinn will be arriving on campus once the Colorado Avalanche's season ends this week. Quinn will have plenty of work to do right away as he needs to finish up his recruiting class for next season and get to know his team as summer workouts begin. We have been told that he has stated that he isn't firing any members of the staff so it would seem that both assistant coaches, Buddy Power and Mike Bavis, are welcome back as part of his staff next season. One would assume volunteer goalie coach Mike Geragosian would also be welcome back with open arms considering the work he has done with goalies over the years.

Quinn will most likely listen to what his staff and the players say about each other when considering his choices but we figured we would break it down and make a case for each of the upperclassmen. There are guys who will be favored over others but there are no bad choices in this group. This is according to our completely unbiased opinions and no knowledge of what happens off the ice.  All of the guys listed below will be leaders next year. These are just our guesses for captains. You can vote yourself on the right in our current poll.

Seniors(Next Year)

1. Garrett Noonan- Noonan is the only returning captain from last season's team. He wore an "A" for the second half of last season. He is always one of the most passionate players for the Terriers and would be a great fit to fill a leadership role again next season. I would go as far to say he is a lock to wear some type of letter despite the coaching change. He came back to his school and team when he had an opportunity to go pro this past spring. That dedication to the program and leadership should be rewarded with a C or A when those decisions are made.

2. Sahir Gill- Gill is another senior who has filled a top 6 forward role in each of the last two seasons. He is crucial killing penalties and will be a guy this team relies on for some scoring next season. He has always come across as a team-first guy to us and I would give him a good chance to wear a letter.

Monday, April 22, 2013

That's Enough, NoDak

If you're like me, you probably already know by now that things in our favorite 1500-mile-away, barely-inhabited wasteland of North Dakota have gotten out of hand recently. I try and keep up with the happenings  in NoDak, when anything's actually happening at all. It's like having a younger half-brother, but one who's still struggling to overcome fetal alcohol syndrome and the aftereffects of a debilitating head injury suffered in a tragic school bus accident. It's not his fault he's slow and needs help, but that's still the reality. I like to keep an eye on them, to make sure they don't hurt themselves.

Friday, April 12, 2013

MWWs Food Reviews: Bagels

This is the first part of my series of my favorite foods and where you can eat them on campus or in Boston. I countdown my favorite 3 places and give you my own 2 cents why I eat there for the food and what I order. The series will start off with bagels. Honestly, New York makes better bagels. The places in Boston seem to either focus too much on the water, less focus on the consistency and even sometimes less on the toppings (poppy, everything, etc.) So I narrowed the bagel shops to 2 places that remind me of New York and where you can get a legit bagel. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

2013-2014 Projections-Updated

Here is our first look at next year's roster as it shapes up. This could and most likely will change over the summer as a few more recruits are added. There is always a chance of other guys going pro or leaving school later in the summer as Justin Courtnall did last season and Sahir Gill did this season.

Returning(15): F(8): O'Regan, Rodrigues, Hohmann, Kurker, Lane, Moran, Moscatel  D(5): Noonan, Grzelcyk, Oksanen, MacGregor, Ronan G(3): Maguire, O'Connor, Moccia

*Coming In(8): F(5): Kevin Duane, Brendan Collier, Robbie Baillageron, Tommy Kelley, Nick Roberto D(3): Doyle Somerby, Dalton MacAfee, TJ Ryan

Defensmen- 8
Goalies- 3

*As of now the roster total is 23 guys. Typical rosters size range between 25 and 30. I would expect another two or three forwards to be added this summer and maybe 1 more defenseman.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Junior Day: Glory Glory Matt Nieto

This is part 1 of a one(hopefully) part series on underclass members of the 2013 BU hockey team who have chosen to pursue their professional careers before graduation.

                                                           Glory Glory Time!

This past week Terrier junior forward Matt Nieto chose to forego his final year of eligibility at BU and turn professional. Nieto signed  with the San Jose Sharks  and will report to their AHL affiliate Worcester Sharks to finish their season. Nieto came to BU through the USNTDP coming into the 2010-2011 season where he had recorded 54 points in 61 games the year before. Nieto was a young freshman, being only 17 years old when he entered collegiate hockey. This not stop the hype from building up before he arrived on campus as Nieto and classmate Sir Charles Coyle built up plenty of pre-season buzz. Nieto would live up to the hype and become one of the most prolific scorers in the country.

Nieto began producing from the very beginning as he scored his first goal in an October contest against UMass.  Nieto would go on to score 10 goals as a freshman and 23 points overall. As would be the norm over the course of his career, Nieto was a streaky scorer. He finished the year hot with a 4-9-13 line over the final 11 games as he became a legitimate scoring threat. He was a named a conference top performer 4 times, 3 of which fell in the second half of the year. After his freshman season, Nieto was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft by the San Jose Sharks. This would be a bit of a homecoming for the Long Beach, California native.

Senior Week: Captain Wade Megan- The Hero from Canton

This is the sixth and final part in a series of posts about BU's 2013 Senior Class. Be on the lookout for a new post each day, culminating with Wade Megan on Friday. You can read part one on Ryan Ruikka here,  part two on Ryan Santana here, part three on Sean Escobedo here,  part four on Jake Moscatel here and part five on Ben Rosen here.

                                                                                     Copyright: Bart Hanlon, Flickr

Captain Wade Megan did everything a coach, fan, or anyone else could have asked for during his time as a Terrier. The 5th round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2009 was an extraordinary leader as an upperclassman while also picking up the level of his own play significantly from his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Megan came to BU from the South Kent School in Connecticut via Canton, NY. He had scored 106 points in 2 prep seasons before arriving at BU in 2009-2010. Megan arrived in a class that may not be the most highly touted class ever, but it very well may be the hardest working, greasiest class to come through BU in many years. Megan, who is the self-proclaimed "king of greasy goals", would find his niche as a guy who could bang home a rebound at any time.

He quickly saw regular playing time as he was dressed for 35 games as a freshman. He piled up 12 points on a 5-7-12 line.  He recorded his first point in his first game played and recorded his first goal in a game against Merrimack in November. The highlight of his freshman year would have to be scoring the game-winning goal over BC at Fenway Park. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Guest Post #1- FTQ(For the Quinn)

Editor's note: This is the first Guest Post we have received so far this year and hopefully we will have a few more in the coming days. For now, enjoy what Mrs. Quinn has to offer.

BSRS Guest Post: This time with footnotes.

Guys, I have something really exciting to tell you: David Quinn![1] Was that not as exciting for you as it was for me? Oh. Well how about I tell you why I am so excited?

There are two things no current BU student has seen: a BU team with Quinn behind the bench or a National Championship team. There are two things the 4 previous classes saw: both of the above. Now I’m not saying there is a massive undeniable link between them, except that is exactly what I am saying.

During his 5 year stint at BU, Quinn was the team’s head recruiter and ran the D unit. Spoiler alert: he was phenomenal at both of these things. In fact, he was so good at recruiting that he actually hurt the recent BU teams; because so many of his recruits were top flight talent that left early, and had to be replaced ahead of schedule by players brought in by the new assistant coaches (who to no fault of their own just didn’t have the same ties as Quinn does). With those connections back look for these players who leave BU and head straight to the NHL, not AHL, to once again populate the Agganis Arena bench.

To prove the above point about Quinn’s recruits let’s look at the class brought to BU in the fall of 2007. The scholarship recruits:

Kevin Shattenkirk
Nick Bonino
Colby Cohen
Colin Wilson
That’s it, that’s the list[2]

The Top Five Worst Things People Yell at Hockey Games

This guy has probably yelled everything on this list
It's no secret that we here at BSRS attend/watch our fair share of hockey games - BU, Bruins, other college games, etc. The early conclusion of BU's season left us wanting more college puck, so this weekend QQ and I hiked it down to the East Regional in the city where dreams go to die - Providence. Over the course of 5 hours, we witnessed a variety of fan faux pas that got us thinking about the things that people say at hockey games that piss us off.  Here are those thoughts in a convenient list form, because we know our ramblings are often hard to follow:

5) Get it out of the zone!

Often heard when on the penalty kill, this classic phrase clocks in at number 5 on our list.  QQ and I encountered a Quinnipiac fan at the East Regional who was particularly fond of this phrase.  Every time (and I mean every time) Canisius entered the offensive zone, she would instantaneously scream "GET IT OUT OF THE ZOOOOOOONE," causing everybody around her to wish she would get the fuck out of our zone.  Seriously, give your team a chance to, oh I don't know, get back on defense? If you yell this at a hockey game, I automatically assume that you don't think the other team should ever register a shot on goal - aka you're a fucking idiot.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Senior Week: Ben Rosen

This is the fifth part in a series of posts about BU's 2013 Senior Class. Be on the lookout for a new post each day, culminating with Wade Megan on Friday. You can read part one on Ryan Ruikka here,  part two on Ryan Santana here, part three on Sean Escobedo here, and part four on Jake Moscatel here.
Copyright: Bart Hanlon, 2012. Flickr.
Ben Rosen came to Boston University as a defenseman recruit who could provide some depth to one of the best defensive corps in the nation. When he arrived on Comm Ave,  the defense was returning future professionals Colby Cohen, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Warsofsky and Eric Gryba. Rosen was a guy to provide some depth behind those guys and would only have seen significant time in case of injury. By his senior season, he was one of the best if not the best defensive forward on the team. He would leave the program a gritty centerman and a leader as well as a fan-favorite. This is the story of Ben Rosen, enjoy.

 Rosen came to BU after a year in the EJHL where he lead all defensemen in points with a 10-42-52 line in 45 games.  Rosen averaged over a point a game which is really impressive no matter what league it was in. Fighting is allowed in the EJ but we couldn't find any record of him fighting. If he did, he probably kicked some ass though. He was selected to participate in the 2009 EJHL All-Star game and also spent time playing with former Terrier Kevin Gilroy on the South Shore Kings in 2007-2008. He also had spent time in the USHL before his All-Star season in the EJ.

Rosen came to BU and was mostly a depth guy his first season. He saw action in 9 games and didn't record a point. He did ,however, provide the team important depth and would then go on to appear in 31 games as a sophomore in the 2010-2011 season. He scored his first collegiate goal during a 4-4 tie to Brown in November(the game that the goon Zolnieczyk tried to take out Clendening's knee) and added another goal and assist later in the season. He seemed to becoming a bigger part of the defensive rotation when a shortage of forwards in the incoming class forced the coaching staff to ask a position change for the Syosset, NY native. He did as the coaching staff asked and what was best for the team. This would be a common theme throughout his career. After his sophomore year, Rosen began practicing as a forward and made the transition rather smoothly as Terrier fans would see in the two years to come.