Report: Liam Coughlin commits to Vermont

Liam Coughlin has committed to play hockey at the University of Vermont, Over the Boards reported Monday evening. Coughlin was previously reported to have committed to Boston University.

In April, the 6-foot-3 South Boston native announced his commitment to BU, and received support from his team and friends on Twitter. Former BU captain Garrett Noonan tweeted then in support of his fellow Catholic Memorial School graduate:

Born in 1994, Coughlin was expected to arrive at BU in 2015.

Coughlin recorded 45 points in 53 games with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League in the 2013-14 season, and has tallied three goals in nine games so far this season. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL draft.

5 future Terriers taken in 2014 NHL Draft

 By Conor Ryan/DFP Staff
It was another successful draft weekend for the Boston University men’s hockey team, as five future Terriers were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.
BU and crosstown rival Boston College led all NCAA programs with five players taken in the draft apiece.
’96 forward Maxim Letunov was the first Terrier taken off the board, drafted in the second round (52nd overall) by the St. Louis Blues. Originally from Moscow, Letunov played for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, finishing third on the team with 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists). Letunov will return to Youngstown for the 2014-15 season and is expected to join the Terriers the following year.
Another BU recruit was selected just five picks later, as soon-to-be freshman defenseman John MacLeod was taken in the second round (57th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning. A native of Dracut, Mass., MacLeod played in 52 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program U18 team last season, recording five goals and six assists for a total of 11 points.  MacLeod, who played alongside two other incoming BU freshmen — forward Jack Eichel and defenseman Brandon Fortunato — with the NTDP U18 squad, is expected to be a physical presence on the BU blueline next season.

I am so honored to be apart of the @TBLightning organization! Thank you to all friends and family that helped me get to this point!!
— johnny Macleod (@johnnyMacleod16) June 28, 2014

In the third round of the draft, incoming freshman defenseman Brandon Hickey was selected by the Calgary Flames (64th overall). Described by BU head coach David Quinn as a “fantastic skater” in a similar vein to captain and junior defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, Hickey played with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League last season, contributing four goals and 18 assists (22 points) in 49 games. The Leduc, Alberta, native was the first AJHL player to be taken in the draft.

Could not be more excited to be apart of the @NHLFlames organization, it truly is an honour to be selected by them
— Brandon Hickey (@BHickey14) June 28, 2014

Another member of BU’s 2014-15 freshman class was taken in the fourth round, as forward J.J. Piccinich was taken with the 103rd pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Paramus, N.J., product played for the Youngstown Phantoms last season alongside Letunov, finishing second on the team in scoring with 27 goals and 31 assists (58 points). The 5-foot-11 forward projects as a strong skater with great offensive instincts.

I can’t describe the feeling of being drafted by the @MapleLeafs organization. Thank you to all friends and family for making it possible!!!
— JJ Piccinich (@JJPiccinich) June 28, 2014

The final future Terrier chosen in the draft was 2014 forward Liam Coughlin, who was taken by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round (130th overall). A 6-foot-3 South Boston native, Coughlin recorded 51 points (27 goals, 24 assists) as a senior at Catholic Memorial in 2012-13 before totaling 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 53 games with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League last season.

Sixty-two current and future NCAA players were chosen during the two-day event, marking the 13th consecutive year in which more than 60 college hockey players were selected in the NHL Draft. Former NCAA players made up 31 percent of NHL rosters during the 2013-14 season, an all-time high.

Former Catholic Memorial star Liam Coughlin will join Terriers this fall

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

Former Catholic Memorial star forward Liam Coughlin has committed to Boston University for this fall, sources told The Daily Free Press. It had been reported that Coughlin was committed to the University of Massachusetts.

The 6-foot-3 South Boston native, who was born in 1994, will add some a scoring touch to an already large group of incoming freshmen this fall. He totaled 51 points (27 goals, 24 assists) in 21 games played as a senior at Catholic Memorial in 2012-13 before tallying 45 points in 53 games with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League this season.

Playing in Vernon has been a common path for Catholic Memorial players looking to play in Hockey East. Former BU captain Garrett Noonan and former Merrimack College captain Mike Collins both spent at least one season in Vernon before coming to play in Hockey East.

Congrats to @Liam_Coughlin7 on committing to BU! Can’t wait to see you rip it up! #CM #Vernon #BU
— Garrett Noonan (@GarrettNoonan13) April 1, 2014

Former Terrier forward Sahir Gill also spent two seasons with the Vipers before coming to BU.

The Terriers now have 10 recruits slated to join the squad in the fall, five of which are forwards. With that group added to a team that is expected to return 20 players from the 2013-14 roster, there will certainly be more healthy scratches watching games from the press box than there were this past season.