3 BU-tied players selected on 2nd day of NHL Entry Draft

Much like the first night, the second day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft proved to be a successful one for the Boston University men’s hockey program.

Following center Jack Eichel‘s selection at No. 2 overall to the Buffalo Sabres, three players with connections to BU were selected on day two of the draft.

The first of these draft picks was sophomore forward A.J. Greer at No. 39 to the Colorado Avalanche. Although Greer was ranked No. 69 by NHL Central Scouting and was projected to be drafted anywhere between late in the second to the fourth round, Colorado nabbed him early.

Greer battled inconsistencies early in his BU tenure, but picked up his play during BU’s postseason run. He had a chance to play on the second line and made contributions, including a goal during the national semifinal against the University of North Dakota.

The next of the selections was soon-to-be-freshman forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson at No. 45 by the Boston Bruins. Forsbacka-Karlsson, who was ranked No. 31 by Central Scouting and 52nd by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, joins captain Matt Grzelcyk as a Bruins prospect.

With the USHL’s Omaha Lancers this season, the 6-foot-1 Karlsson had 53 points in 50 games. The Sweden native is considered a two-way center that can skate well and win faceoffs.

Another 2015 commit, forward Jordan Greenway, rounded out the BU selections when he was taken No. 50 overall by the Minnesota Wild. Standing at 6-foot-4, Greenway is a highly touted power forward in this year’s recruiting class. He had 44 points while playing with U.S. National Under-18 team, which included a trip at Agganis Arena.

Although they were ranked by ISS Hockey, sophomore defenseman Brien Diffley and incoming freshman forward Bobo Carpenter were not taken in the draft.

In all, 23 current or future Hockey East players were selected this season, the most of any college hockey conference. BU and Boston College led the conference with four picks each.

Live blog: 2015 NHL Entry Draft

We’ll be chatting all throughout the first round of the NHL draft tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. Join us to talk about the draft or anything BU hockey-related.

To get prepped, you can read about BU’s draft-eligible players in Judy’s piece from this morning.

Live Blog 2015 NHL Draft (First Round)

Terriers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

One of the most exciting weekends of the hockey year could become a very exciting one for Boston University hockey as well. It’s far removed from the confines of Agganis Arena, but the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, home of the Florida Panthers, will act as a gateway of new beginnings come Friday and Saturday.

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft has been the topic of conversation for a while now, due to the fact that it’s one of the deepest in recent memory, and the top two players have been lauded as the most potent one-two punch since Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin in 2004. With a handful of Terriers eligible to be selected, it certainly makes it all the more interesting for those concerned with the happenings on Comm Ave.

We’ll be liveblogging the first round of the draft beginning at 6:30 p.m., so check back later on Friday to hang out and talk some hockey.

While anything can happen at the draft, a phrase forward Jack Eichel has become accustomed to uttering since the draft lottery, chances are Buffalo will take the center at No. 2 after the Oilers select Canadian wunderkind Connor McDavid first overall. That would make Eichel the highest drafted American player since Patrick Kane and University of New Hampshire product James van Riemsdyk went first and second overall in 2007.

Listed as the No. 2 draft prospect and predicted to be selected in that slot in nearly every major ranking, Eichel submitted the best freshman campaign since Paul Kariya’s 100-point season in 1992-93. The 6-foot-2 playmaker tallied 71 points over 40 games this year and was named both Hockey East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in addition to winning the Hobey Baker Award given to the best NCAA men’s ice hockey player. He also led the nation in points, points per game (1.77), assists (45) and plus-minus (plus-51), while tied for fourth in goals (26).

Most likely to be selected next are rising freshman forwards Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jordan Greenway. JFK would plausibly go before his teammate, as he’s No. 31 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for best North American skaters in the draft, No. 55 on ISS Hockey’s list and No. 52 on TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie’s final billing. The center put up 15 goals and 38 assists in 50 games for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL this season and will probably fall somewhere in the second or early third round.

Tabbed as No. 47 in Central Scouting and No. 62 on McKenzie’s list, Greenway’s fate, in all likelihood, won’t be decided until late in the second round or during the third. Even so, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button has him all the way at No. 90 on his list, but ISS Hockey has him at 31. In the 2014-15 season, the 6-foot-4, 222-pound winger tallied 44 points (9g, 35a) in 53 games for the U-18s of the USNTDP, though by year’s end, he had fallen 25 spots from his Central Scouting midterm ranking of 22.

Rising sophomore A.J. Greer is another option for teams looking for a pick anywhere from the late-second round to the early fourth round, earning No. 69 in Central Scouting and No. 57 in ISS Hockey. Greer spent most of his time in the bottom six this season before managing to work his way up to the second line for the NCAA tournament. In his 37 games so far for the Terriers, Greer has tallied seven points, the most notable of which came in the form of a goal that was one-timed from the right circle during BU’s Frozen Four semifinal victory over the University of North Dakota on April 9.

Another rising sophomore in Brien Diffley has a chance to be drafted the weekend, as ISS Hockey has him at No. 150 and Central Scouting lists him at No. 136. The defenseman showed steady improvement over his rookie season with BU and was a third-pairing fixture on a Terrier blue line that boasted the 15th-best goals against per game average in the country, registering 11 points in the process. Diffley’s stock has him probably going, if at all, in the fifth or sixth round with the potential to fall to seven.

Similarly, newcomer Robert “Bobo” Carpenter, brother of Patty Kazmaier Award winner and Boston College women’s hockey star Alex Carpenter, is No. 155 in ISS Hockey’s poll, which translates to one of the later rounds as well. The forward was seventh in USHL scoring this season with 35 goals, 28 assists and 63 total points in 60 games for the Sioux City Musketeers.

Also with a chance to end up as a sixth or seventh round pick are sophomore forward Chase Phelps and defenseman Brandon Fortunato. The two are eligible for the draft this year but are not ranked by any major scouting source. However, Fortunato was recently invited to partake in the Team USA’s World Junior Championship Evaluation Camp this August along with Eichel, Greenway, sophomore defenseman John MacLeod and freshman blue liner Charlie McAvoy.


BU, Quinn agree to 5-year contract extension

Boston University Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello announced Thursday that BU has agreed to a five-year contract extension with head coach David Quinn.

The extension comes after Quinn guided the 2014-15 Terrier squad to an 18-win improvement and a spot in the national championship game. He was named the Hockey East Coach of the Year and New England Coach of the Year for his efforts, and was also runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award, given to the top Division I coach in the nation.

Some quotes from the team release:

“To be honest, David has done exactly what we thought he would with our men’s ice hockey team,” said Marrochello. “We had lofty expectations when we hired him and he has exceeded those with outstanding leadership both on and off the ice. There’s nobody else we’d rather have leading this program.”

“Coming back to BU to serve as head coach of one the premier college hockey programs has been everything I hoped it would be,” said Quinn. “I am looking forward to leading our student-athletes over the next five years and I would like to thank Drew, [senior vice president] Todd Klipp and President Brown for their confidence in our staff. We will continue to strive to be the best program in the country – athletically, academically and socially.”

BU announces 2015-16 men’s ice hockey schedule

The Boston University men’s hockey team’s 2015-16 schedule was announced by head coach David Quinn on Wednesday afternoon.

The Terriers will open play with an exhibition game Oct. 3 at Agganis Arena, hosting Acadia University in the first of two just-for-show contests. The second will take place at home two weeks later on Oct. 16 when the U.S. National U-18 Team rolls in with BU commits Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows and Jake Oettinger on the roster.

The regular season begins on Oct. 10 with a road trip to Union College, marking BU’s first non-conference game of the year as well. The Terriers start their Hockey East schedule Oct. 24 and 27 with a home-and-home against the University of Connecticut.

Also on tap for the Terriers this year is the biennial Red Hot Hockey matchup against Cornell University at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 28 and, as always, the Beanpot Tournament on the first two Mondays of February. The semifinals will be Feb. 1, 2016 against Northeastern University, which BU defeated to win its 30th championship this past season, while the final and consolation game will take place Feb. 8.

In addition, the Terriers host the University of Wisconsin (Oct. 17), Denver University (Oct. 31), University of Michigan (Nov. 20 and 21) and Bentley University (Nov. 24) as a part of their out of conference agenda. They’ll also head over to Brighton on Jan. 7, 2016 for a crosstown showdown against Harvard University and swing down to Connecticut for a weekend back-to-back set with Yale University and Quinnipiac University the weekend of Dec. 11.

The national runners-up will also be able to get on the ice for a rematch against the Friars at Providence College on Nov. 13, almost exactly seven months after the national championship game, before returning to Agganis to play PC the following day. And after two years of the Boston College series being spread out across the season, the Terriers will play their rival Eagles twice in one weekend on Jan. 15 and 16, 2016.

Unlike in years past, the Hockey East regular season and postseason champs close out their conference schedule with a two-game series at the University of Notre Dame on Feb. 26 and 27, a weekend that had been reserved for Northeastern for the past six years. The Terriers will play the Huskies Nov. 6 and 7 this year instead.

Any particular games you’re excited for? Nervous for? Intrigued by? Feel free to discuss in the comments.

Terriers land Minnesota-born goalie Oettinger

Boston University has added more depth to its goaltending future, with netminder Jake Oettinger committing to the school. The goalie announced the news on his Twitter account Sunday evening.

The 6-foot-3 Oettinger just finished a year with the U.S. National Under-17 Team, posting a .916 save percentage to go along with a 2.57 goals-against average. He also had three games with the U-18s, finishing with a 3-0 record.

This came after a 2013-14 season in which Oettinger put together a 1.86 goals-against average at Lakeville High School in Minnesota. He helped backstop the team to the Minnesota State Tournament Class 2A title game, earning all-tournament team honors.

Oettinger was part of the U.S. U-18 squad that won gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, though he did play in a game. The much-sought after recruit will be draft eligible in 2017.

Odds and ends: Facebook, NHL combine and more

Hope everyone is having a good summer! With the NHL draft looming in less than three weeks, we’ve got plenty to talk about — here’s a taste of what’s to come.

-First things first — we’re on Facebook! Be sure to give us a like and share. We’ll be posting content there all summer and all season. (Haven’t you always wanted to get BU hockey updates in your newsfeed? Now you can!)

-All eyes were on Jack Eichel at the NHL Combine this weekend, and for good reason. The projected second overall pick for the upcoming draft placed in the top 10 of seven different events. (Compare that to projected No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, who finished in the top 10 in three events).

-BU recruit Jordan Greenway was in the top 10 at the combine in terms of pull-ups (12). He also had the fourth-largest wingspan (80.5 inches) of anyone at the combine.

-A.J. Greer “strongly thinks” his good pal Eichel will be drafted first overall.

-And, well, maybe Eichel himself does, too? Apparently Eichel told Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray that he thinks he’s the best player in the draft. Naturally, overreaction ensued, but Jack explained himself.

-Still no official schedule released for BU for the upcoming 2015-16 season, but we already know a few games based on other teams releasing their schedules and other channels. Here are those:

Oct. 10 — at Union
Oct. 17 — home vs. Wisconsin
Oct. 31 — home vs. Denver
Nov. 28 — Red Hot Hockey vs. Cornell at Madison Square Garden
Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 — Beanpot semifinal and final. Pending weather, of course, if it’s anything like last season.

-ICYMI, some BU and BC alumni will be playing in a charity game in July to raise money for ALS research.

BU and BC alums to skate in 1st annual Comm Ave Charity Classic

In a little over a month on July 10 at 7 p.m., current and former NHL and AHL stars will take the ice at Walter Brown Arena for the first annual Comm Ave Charity Classic. The game pits alums from Boston University against those from Boston College to help benefit Compassionate Care ALS in honor of those affected by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

So far on the roster for the Terriers are Scott Young (St. Louis Blues – BU ’87), Jay Pandolfo (New Jersey Devils – BU ’96), Freddy Meyer (Philadelphia Flyers – BU ’03), Wade Megan (Florida Panthers – BU ’13), Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild – BU ’14), Adam Clendening (Vancouver Canucks – BU ’14) and Chris Bourque (New York Rangers – BU ’05).

The BC lineup is a little more fleshed out, as the Eagles will reunite Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames – BC ’15), Kevin Hayes (NYR – BC ’14) and Bill Arnold (CAL – BC ’14). Other standouts include Chris Kreider (NYR – BC ’13), Jimmy Hayes (FLA – BC ’12), Brian Leetch (NYR – BC ’87) and Mike Mottau (Boston Bruins – BC ’00), among others.

While the hockey game is the main event, there will also be a silent auction, raffles, giveaways and an opportunity to meet the players.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale through Ticketmaster or the Agganis Arena ticket office.