Monday, June 30, 2014

5 BU recruits taken in 2014 NHL Draft

5 future Boston University Terriers were taken in this weekend's NHL draft. This was tied for the most of any college program with Newton University Boston College. This certainly is one indicator to the strength of the recruiting class that the staff is bringing in for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The highlight of the freshman class is Jack Eichel who would have been taken first overall if he was eligible for this draft.

The first player taken was 2015 recruits Maxim Letunov by the Saint Louis Blues in the second round and 52nd overall. Letunov has some flashy offensive skills but currently weighs in at 155 lbs. He certainly needs to throw on some muscle before he gets to BU next fall and St. Louis in the years following that. He currently plays for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.

The second Terrier taken was 2014 recruit Johnny Macleod. Johnny Mac (Don't know if that's a nickname yet but it is now) was taken 57th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightening. He will arrive at BU this fall and contribute right away with his physical defensive game.

Another future defenseman was taken in the third round when Brandon Hickey was drafted by the Calgary Flames. Hickey will arrive at BU this fall and join classmates Macleod, Brandon Fortunato, and Brien Diffley in solidifying the Terriers' blueline for the coming season.

Two forwards were taken later in the draft as right winger JJ Piccinich was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 103rd overall while Liam Coughlin(2014/2015) was taken by Edmonton 130th overall.  Piccinich will arrive at BU this fall and look to contribute right away with goal scoring ability and willingness to go to gritty areas to score goals. Coughlin will arrive on Comm Ave either this fall or the fall of 2015 and should contribute right away.

Other Terrier recruits that went undrafted in their first year of draft eligibility were Brandon Fortunato, Chase Phelps, and Bobo Carpenter(2015). These guys could easily be drafted next year with stellar years in their respective leagues in the coming season.

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