Defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo commits to Boston University

The 2016-17 season may be underway, but that doesn’t mean that Terrier head coach David Quinn and his staff aren’t still recruiting.

The Terriers seem to have landed another big name, as Jeff Cox of SB Nation tweeted out that ’98 defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo has committed to Boston University. He will be eligible to join the Terriers as early as next season.

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound blue-liner is currently playing with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. It is his first year playing hockey in North America. Kotkansalo, who is a top prospect for next year’s NHL Draft, also won a gold medal with his native Finland team in the U18 World Junior Championship last year, notching four assists and a plus/minus rating of +5 in six games.

Kotkansalo is a hard-hitting defenseman with offensive upside, totaling 19 points in 48 games with Blues U20 of Jr. A SM-Liiga in Finland last season. Current BU defenders Charlie McAvoy and Dante Fabbro are known for contributing on both ends, so it seems that Quinn and his staff may have a preference for defenders who can score points on any given night.

Defenseman Ryan O’Connell commits to Boston University

Yet another recruit has committed to becoming a Terrier.

Canadian defenseman Ryan O’Connell announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will suit up for head coach David Quinn’s side. The 17-year-old is expected to arrive on campus for the 2018-19 season.

The 6-foot-1 blueliner last played for Saint Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario. O’Connell totaled 31 points on four goals and 27 assists in 55 games during their 2015-16 CAHS season, earning a plus/minus rating of 14.

Before that, the left-handed shot was a member of the Ottawa Jr. 67s AAA hockey club for three seasons. He tallied 56 points in 74 games, and helped the team to an OEMBHL championship in 2013 and an OEBHL title in 2014.

O’Connell appears to be the first defenseman recruited for the 2018-19 season. He joins center Jake Wise and forwards Jack DeBoer and Tyler Weiss as 2018 commits to BU. O’Connell is NHL draft eligible as early as 2017.

’99 F Matt Quercia commits to Boston University

Andover native and forward Matt Quercia announced his commitment to Boston University in a tweet on Monday.

Quercia, now 17, spent this season with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 16U program, with 31 points in 18 games of EJEPL play and 14 points in 14 games in ECEL play. In this year’s EHL playoffs with the Monarchs, he totaled five points in six games. Last season, with the Manchester Jr. Monarchs of the USPHL, Quercia had 35 points in 27 games.

BU adds 20-year-old recruit Patrick Curry

The season is over for the Boston University men’s hockey team, but the Terriers added another recruit to their list, as 20-year-old forward Patrick Curry announced his commitment to the school on Twitter.

Curry, a native of Illinois, has played in the last three years in the USHL, most recently with the Bloomington Thunder. In 55 games this season, Curry has 33 points (17 goals and 16 assists), which is good for fifth on the team. In 2013-14, Curry was the top scorer for the Springfield Junior Blues of the NAHL with 26 points in 25 games played.

Report: ’98 F Ty Amonte commits to BU

Amonte has spent the past four seasons at Thayer Academy in Braintree. His Elite Prospects page is a bit limited, but looks like he had a two-game stint for both the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL and some time at U.S. national team camp.

He had 40 points in 30 games for Thayer last season. He stands at 5-foot-11 and weighs 180 pounds, and is a Norwood native.

BU adds forward Oskar Andren for 2nd half of season

It appears the Boston University men’s hockey team has worked quickly to fill the recent hole left on the team’s roster.

Oskar Andren, a 20-year-old forward playing in the NAHL, has announced his commitment to play at BU, starting in the second semester of this season.

Andren’s announcement comes one day after a source confirmed with The Daily Free Press that sophomore forward A.J. Greer has left BU for the QMJHL.

A native of Danderyd, Sweden, Andren has played his last two seasons with the Lone Star Brahmas. He had 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists) in 51 games last season, and has 22 points in 28 games this year, which is tops on the team.

Andren is the first commitment from an NAHL player since Ryan Santana made his decision to come to Commonwealth Avenue in 2008-09.

The Lone Star coaching staff gave Andren praises in a statement published on the team’s website.

There’s a lot of good players in this league, and when you’re a top team, you’re going to lose players,” head coach Dan Wildfong added.  “That’s a good thing because they’re moving on to where they want to go.

Andren went through a lot and when the scholarship came, to reach that goal, we were all excited. We trusted him and believed in him and we’re proud of him.  He couldn’t have asked for a better school.

With Andren’s commitment, the Terriers get more offensive depth and their roster goes back up to 15 forwards and 26 total players for the second half of the season.

’01 F Mastrosimone commits to BU

Shattuck St. Mary’s forward Robert Mastrosimone announced his commitment to Boston University in a tweet on Sunday.

At 5-foot-7 and 141 pounds, the 14-year-old Mastrosimone projects as a fast, dynamic, gritty player:

Mastrosimone is a native of East Islip, New York.

’00 F Joel Farabee commits to BU

2000-born forward Joel Farabee announced his commitment to Boston University on his Twitter account Wednesday:

Farabee was previously committed to the University of New Hampshire.

The 5-foot-9, 150-pound left wing has spent the past two seasons playing for the Selects Hockey Academy U-16 team. Last year, he posted eight goals and 25 assists in 28 games. In four games so far this year, he has four goals and two assists.

BU was reportedly in the mix alongside Providence and Boston College to recruit Farabee. He is expected to arrive in 2019-20.

BU lands ’98-born defenseman Dante Fabbro

A strong 2016 recruit class for Boston University appears to have gotten even better.

Defenseman Dante Fabbro has committed to play at BU, he announced via his Twitter account.

Fabbro (6 foot 1, 185 pounds) was one of the most sought-after defensive recruits to have not committed to a school.

Eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, he is considered by many pundits to be a top-10 pick in that draft. International Scouting Services has Fabbro ranked No. 8 in its October rankings of 2016 draft-eligible players.

So far this season with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, Fabbro has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games played. He had 33 points in 44 games last year with the Vees at age 16.

Fabbro skated with the Canadian U-18s during the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August, helping the team win a gold medal. The British Columbia, Canada native had reportedly been deciding between BU, Boston College, the University of Minnesota, the University of Denver and the University of North Dakota. He is expected to arrive on Commonwealth Avenue next season, along with fellow blue liners Chad Krys and Vasili Kolias.

’00 F’s Jack DeBoer and Tyler Weiss commit to BU

The Boston University men’s hockey team picked up a pair of ’00 forwards on Wednesday in Jack DeBoer and Tyler Weiss.

DeBoer, son of San Jose Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer, announced his commitment over Twitter on Wednesday morning.

“Proud to announce my commitment to play college hockey at Boston University,” he wrote. “Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way.”

The Providence Journal’s Mark Divver reported the news earlier in the morning as well, adding that the 6-foot-2 forward’s “skating could use work but having just turned 15 he’s got lots of time. Expect interest from NTDP.”

DeBoer logged time in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League last season for the New Jersey Colonials, tallying 27 goals along with 35 assists for 62 total points in 35 games.

Now moving to prep school, DeBoer will be a sophomore at the Salisbury School this fall playing for the Crimson Knights, who have won the past three New England Division I Prep Championships.

The Terriers also grabbed Weiss, who announced his commitment in similar fashion Wednesday as well.

“Proud to announce my commitment to Boston University,” he wrote. “Thank to my all the people that helped me along the way.”

Weiss, a 5-foot-11 left shot, “evades contact well but reads the play even better” and “has a good frame and quickness to pair up with stick skills,” according to Mark Bilotta of Over The Boards.

Weiss played this past season for the Don Mills Flyers AAA in the Greater Toronto Bantam Hockey League.