By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Right winger Robbie Baillargeon, who visited BU last week, has committed to the Terriers for the fall of 2013, according to Chris Heisenberg. Baillargeon has played for Cushing Academy in Ashburnham the past two seasons and was one of the leading scorers in New England prep-school hockey this year, registering 30 goals and 34 assists for 64 points in 30 games.
In a recent preview of the 2012 NHL draft class, NHL Central Scouting praised the 17-year-old Baillargeon for “his great hands and scoring touch around the cage.” Cushing coach Rob Gagnon has compared Baillargeon to former Terrier Nick Bonino, telling Examiner.com, “The minute I first watched Robbie play, I said this is a young Nick.” Gagnon added that Baillargeon’s “hockey IQ is very high, and he’s very humble,” and that he’s “a natural goal scorer.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound Baillargeon becomes the fifth member of BU’s 2013 freshman class, joining forwards Brendan Collier, Adam Erne and Danny O’Regan and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. It’s interesting to note that all five of those recruits are from New England, something that’s a bit uncharacteristic of most of BU’s recruiting classes.