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Incoming freshman Case McCarthy has opened some eyes at Devils development camp. OverTheBoardsobserved:
Case McCarthy — Watching him this season with the NTDP was nowhere near as enlightening as seeing him here, especially in the four-on-four play. McCarthy is a decently-sized right-shooting defenseman who can be a tough out in his own end, but there were flashes of legit offensive upside to his game. I don’t know if that will be his role at Boston University this season (or the next), but it was exciting to see that.
.@NJDevilsdefense prospect Case McCarthy (2019 NHL Draft, No. 118) has been added to the U.S. roster for the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich, July 27-Aug 3. McCarthy (6-1, 198) is in Newark this week for NJD development camp.
McCarthy will be on the USA White roster at the WJSS, along with Alex Vlasic and Trevor Zegras. Joel Farabee will be on the USA Blue roster. Robert Mastrosimone, who broke an ankle at Red Wings development camp, will miss the WJSS.
NEHJ’s Jeff Cox reports that 2021 recruit Artem Shlaine had a strong performance at the USA Hockey Select 17 Development Camp, which earned him a spot on the US U18 Select team for the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup:
4. Artem Shlaine
#10 Navy, Shattuck St. Mary’s, 3/7/02, C, Left Shot, 6-1/165NCAA Commit: Boston University
Shlaine’s stock has risen tremendously over the past two years, which earned him a commitment to BU. He had a great start to the camp and seemingly was all over the puck in the first three games. He gets to pucks with a good first step and isn’t afraid to go to the greasy areas. He gets a lot of shots and has zip on his release. Shlaine projects as a second or third round pick in next June’s NHL Draft.
Alex Chiasson, who signed a new two-year, $2.15 million contract with Edmonton, says he received support in the negotiations from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, noting: “Those guys want me to be a part of the next couple of years, and it was kind of how I felt with the organization, so the rest was negotiations,” Chiasson said. Clearly, the Oilers felt Chiasson brought more to the table than just the 22 goals he scored last season.
Congratulations to David Warsofsky’s brother, Ryan, named head coach of the AHL Charlotte Checkers. A Curry College grad, he was assistant coach last season as the Checkers won the Calder Cup.
Fifteen Terriers were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team, including Mary Grace Kelley and Sammy Davis were were recognized as Distinguished Scholars for being name All-Academic four years in a row.
With the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Miracle on Ice on the horizon, blog contributor and N.Y. Times reporter Neal Boudetteis tweeting daily anecdotes from his upcoming book (title TBD) related to Team USA’s gold medal win at Lake Placid. You can follow his tweets at @DZoneDraw .
Terrier fan BurntBoats' latest roster projections for the next four seasons. Not included is newest recruit, 2020 forward Wilmer Skoog.
Red Wings Development Camp: Ethan Phillips - YouTube
Incoming freshman Ethan Phillipsdiscussed his experience at last week’s Red Wings’ development camp. Drafted by Detroit in the 4th round of last month’s NHL Entry Draft, right-shot forward Phillips split last season between Selects Academy and USHL Sioux Falls, scoring 43 points in 50 games and helping the Stampede win the Clark Cup title.
Wings chief amateur scout Tyler Wright:
“He’s undersized, but he’s a very fast skater. He’s got very good hockey sense. He’s got very good skill. At the value of where he was at — he’s going to college, so he’ll have a little more time to develop."
► Recruiting information site OverTheBoards, which had taken a time out, is back with news about NCAA prospects. The new link is now found in the sidebar.
2021 recruit Artem Shlaine named to US U-18 Select Team for the 2019 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup tournament. The 6’1”, Moscow born/Florida raised center scored 90 points last season for Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep.
2022 recruit Nick Roukounakis will play in USA Hockey’s Select 16 Development Camp in Amherst, N.Y., this week. A power forward, Roukounakis plays at Thayer Academy for former Terrier star Tony Amonte.
Mike Sullivan has agreed to a four-year contract extension as Penguins head coach. The former Terrier captain is the first American born coach to win multiple Stanley Cups and just the second head coach to guide his team to the Cup in both of his first two seasons with that team.
►Ty Amonte (NYR); Logan Cockerill (NYI); Cam Crotty (ARZ); Patrick Curry (STL); David Farrance (NSH); Patrick Harper (NSH); Domenick Fensore(CAR); Kasper Kotkansalo (DET); Robert Mastrosimone (DET); Case McCarthy (NJ); Ethan Phillips (DET); Vinnie Purpura (MTL); Alex Vlasic (CHI); and Trevor Zegras(ANA).
► 2020 recruits Braden Doyle (LA); Jay O’Brien (PHI); and Cade Webber (CAR)
►Kieffer Bellows (NYI); Shane Bowers (COL); Bobo Carpenter(NYI); Dante Fabbro (NSH); Joel Farabee (PHI); Brandon Hickey (BUF); and Jake Oettinger(DAL).
McCarthy and Vlasic may not be able to attend their respective camps, which conflict with their summer class schedule.
Mastrosimone’s time in the Red Wing’s camp was cut short when he fractured an ankle blocking a shot. Anticipated to be out from four to six weeks, the left-shot wing will miss the early August U.S. Junior National Evaluation Camp.
The potential 13th for the upcoming season is the former Providence Friar, O’Brien, who was set to play for BCHL Penticton this season before transferring to BU. However, reports indicate he has petitioned the NCAA to allow him to join the Terriers for the upcoming season.
Zegras, selected at #9, by Anaheim in last week’s NHL Entry Draft, has set an ambitious goal of earn an NHL roster spot after one year in the NCAA—hoping to follow the path taken by Jack Eichel, Clayton Keller, Brady Tkachuk and Farabee
BU has added another forward to the 2019 recruit class: Tyreso, Sweden, center Wilmer Skoog, who played for NAHL Minot last season. The 6’1”, 190 lb., forward had 18 goals and 29 assists in 57 games, third most points for the Minotauros. A physical center, he had 65 PIMs.
3.5⭐️ Wilmer Skoog to BU. 1999 has size and strength and flys to pucks. Smooth skater. The Swede is unpredictable yet poised with the puck. Good vision and can blast it. Loves to shoot. Solid 1st season in the US. High upside. 👤https://t.co/65AERbNzEphttps://t.co/KWfmJFVLOM
At USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp, 2021 recruit Artem Shlaine scored three goals and added an assist in five games to lead Team Navy in scoring. The 6’1”, 170, left-shot center was named to the tournament all-star game, recording an assist. Last season, Shlaine scored 90 points for Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep team and played in a pair of USHL playoff games for Sioux Falls, which later selected him in the 2019 draft.
2020 recruit Brian Carrabes attended Sioux Falls tryout camp. Carrabes, a right-shot forward, scored 32 points in 37 games for Kimball Union Academy.
Unrestricted free agent Alex Chiasson has re-signed with Edmonton after a breakout season (22G,16A) with the Oilers. The big right wing earned a two-year deal at $2.15 million per year after joining Edmonton last fall on a PTO and later signing a $650,000 contract
O’Regan, who had 154 points in four seasons at BU, reunites in New York with Coach David Quinn. He’s dressed for 25 games with the Sharks and the Sabres, briefly joining Terrier linemates Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues in Buffalo.
On the first day of the NHL Entry Draft, Zegras was one of seven NTDP U18 players taken in the first 15 picks. His selection marks the fifth consecutive year with a Terrier taken in the first round: 2015 Jack Eichel; 2016 Clayton Keller, Dante Fabbro, Charlie McAvoy, Kieffer Bellows; 2017 Shane Bellows; 2018 Joel Farabee; and 2019 Zegras.
►NTDP Standouts lead 2019 recruit class New York Ties writer and blog contributor Neal E. Boudette, whose vantage point in Michigan, enabled him to frequently attend NTDP U18 and 17 games, looks at the latest Team USA skaters headed to Commonwealth Avenue.
For the sixth time in six years, BU will bring in a freshman class that includes at least one player from the USA National Team Development Program who has been or will be taken in the first round of the NHL draft. This year it will be Trevor Zegras, a left-shot center (5’11” 180 lbs.) from Bedford, N.Y. A skilled playmaker, Zegras is a projected top-five pick in the draft, which starts on Friday. At NTDP, he racked up 26 goals and 61 assists last year, giving him 87 points, third on the team. He was second in assists behind Jack Hughes, the likely No. 1 pick overall.
Trevor Zegras - U18 Five Nations 2019 Highlights | HD - YouTube
Zegras was understandably overshadowed by Hughes in his two years at NTDP, but scouts and coaches rave about his game. “He’s so talented off the half-wall on the power play. The way he can dissect a team is something I’ve never seen,” said his NTDP coach, John Wroblewski. “His pass completion percentage is out of this world. He uses deception where he can elevate saucer passes and have it land flat. He goes into hard areas. He’s tenacious in the D zone.”
Zegras himself said he’s eager to play at BU. “They have a really good rink, really good facilities, a great coaching staff,” he said earlier this year. “I always wanted to play in Boston and win a Beanpot.” The hope at BU is that Zegras will provide a consistent offensive spark for the Terriers, the way Joel Farabee did in the latter stretches of the 2018-19 season, and Clayton Keller did in his one-and-done season with the Terriers.
I saw Zegras nearly two dozen times in the last two years and he’s the real deal, and I think in some ways was held back from showing his true talent level by playing with Hughes and several other NTDP players expected to go in the first round. Only one guy can have the puck at one time, so there were plenty of shifts last year where Zegras barely touched the puck – and it wasn’t because he wasn’t capable or involved in the play, it was because it was on the stick of Jack Hughes or was going to the all-time leading NTDP goal-scorer Cole Caufield (headed to Wisconsin, by the way).
During Zegras’s U17 year, however, Hughes was moved up to the U18 squad and Zegras was put into the No.1 center role, and thrived, recording a 20-30-59 stat line and leading the team into the second round of the USHL playoffs, not a common feat for the U17s team.
“After Jack was moved up, Trevor just took over,” Wroblewski said. “He became a dominant player. He’s not content to be a passenger.”
Both Farabee and Keller preceded Zegras as NTDP products and first-rounders to make their way to Agganis Arena.
Others in the last five years included Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy, Brady Tkachuk and Jake Oettinger.
While each contributed much while at BU, their time on Comm Ave. was short. Eichel and Tkachuk were one-and-dones. McAvoy stayed but only for a sophomore season. Oettinger, as is more common with goalies, stayed longer, putting in three seasons with the Terriers.
Aside from Zegras, BU will welcome three other highly rated freshmen from NTDP:
Alex Vlasic, left-shot D form Wilmette, Ill. At 6’6”, Vlasic is literally a towering talent. It’s almost bewildering to see player that tall and yet so smooth and deft both with his hands and his feet. He’s considered a likely early second-round pick in the NHL draft, but some scouts think he’s got the upside to warrant a first-round selection.
“In three or four years, he could be a player that make NHL scouts say, “We should have picked him earlier,” said amateur scout and New England Hockey Journal writer Jeff Cox.
Although a Midwesterner, Vlasic said he’s drawn to Boston and looks forward to being on BU’s Comm Ave. campus. “A lot of people say it’s not the nicest because it’s in the city. It really isn’t a campus, I guess. But I like it. I think it’s a lot more interesting.”
Vlasic said he had his college choices narrowed down to a few, and BU and BC were among the finalists. “My dad and I went out there for a weekend and got a game on campus,” he said. “I like the great reputation BU has for hockey and school. I liked the coaching staff and the rink. The atmosphere there was incredible.”
The D zone is where Vlasic, with his long reach, makes his presence felt, but at times has flashed quite the offensive touch. In the USHL playoffs as a U17, he blocked a shot while killing a penalty in OT, then jumped on the puck and took it all the way to the net, potting the game-winner and series-clinching goal.
Dominick Fensore, left-shot D from Thornwood, NY. He is an under-sized D but an absolutely dynamic skater – think Matt Grzelcyk and what a force he was for four years at Agganis. Fensore (pronounced fen-sore-ee) saw his stock rise more than any other NTDP player in the last year. Twelve months ago, he was considered a likely late-round draft choice, but now he is projected as a possible second-rounder. Some rankings even have him slightly ahead of Vlasic.
Despite being 5’7” and known for his dynamic skating and offensive skill, Dom Fensore still has great defensive instincts. He plays good defense, he just lacks the size. I bet if hes 6’0” and passed a bit better he goes top 15.
Cox said Fensore has developed more leg strength while at NTDP and has become an explosive skater. Despite his size, “he could do really well in college,” Cox said. “I think his skating ability will allow him to make an immediate impact.”
When he arrived at NTDP four years ago, Fensore was committed to Quinnipiac, but in the last year he decommitted and switched to BU.
Scott Monaghan, senior director of NTDP operations, said he thinks scouts have noticed how Fensore’s skill set fits in with the direction the NHL game is moving in. “He’s an elite skater and that goes a long way now,” Monaghan said. “The game has changed. It’s fast and it’s speed. It’s quick-twitch thinking, and Dominick has all that.”
Case McCarthy, right-shot D from Clarence Center, N.Y. At 6’1” 198, McCarthy already has the size to play college hockey. The kid is not as high on some scouts’ lists as Vlasic, in part because he missed over half of his U17 season with NTDP due to injury. That probably set him back a bit in terms of development, and kept scouts from noticing his play. As a U18, he was 5-24-29, no different than Vlasic’s 4-23-27.
Monaghan describes him as “captain material,” the kind of player who works harder than most and carries himself the right way on and off the ice.
“He’s a leader. He’s as solid a citizen as there is,” Monaghan said. As for his on-ice presence, Monaghan said McCarthy “can be a shut-down guy. He can play some offense. He can be physical and he can be fast. He’s got some of everything in him.”
Cox thinks McCarthy has strong potential for BU. “He’s not quite the NHL prospect that Vlasic is right now, but he could be a really good three-or-four-year player,” he said.
And that’s what BU needs right now. After year-after-year of one-and-dones, “BU needs guys who will stick around,” Cox said.
►Four Terriers are on the USA Hockey roster for the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase set for Plymouth, Michigan, July 26-Aug. 3. Flyers rookie Joel Farabee and incoming freshmen Robert Mastrosimone, Alex Vlasic and Zegras are among the 44 playerswho will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team. The Showcase will feature games between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.
“Above and beyond — not just as a player, but as a person. He’s a phenomenal young man. The progress of his game on the ice is because of his personality. He asks questions, he works on his game. Every night he’s on the ice, he’s dangerous. If I could pick one guy to coach on my team, it’s him.” — Mike Hamilton, Muskegon Lumberjacks head coach
With the Blues defeat of the Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, five Terriers—three skaters and two coaches— fell short of adding their names to the Cup. But there are two BU connections to the champion Blues: former Terrier and NHL standout Keith Tkachuk is a St. Louis scout and Bill Armstrong, father of incoming freshman Jamie Armstrong, is assistant general manager and Director of Amateur Scouting.
Tkachuk on Blues winning the Stanley Cup: 'It's destiny' - YouTube
More than 20 former, current and future Terriers are skating in the Foxboro Summer League’s pro and pro development divisions. Among them are Charlie McAvoy, Charlie Coyle, Jordan Greenway, Bobo Carpenter, Brien Diffley, Brian Strait, Chad Krys, Max Willman, Doyle Somerby, Danny O’Regan, Ty Amonte, graduate transfer Alex Brink, Patrick Curry, Cade Webber, Robert Mastrosimone, Trevor Zegras, John Copeland, Braden Doyle, Drew Commesso, Liam Connors and Nick Roukounakis.
The pro development league began play this past week while the pro division kicks off on July 10. Games are played at the Foxboro Sports Center.
Scouting reports on BU's four top recruits coming in next season (Zegras, Vlasic, Mastrosimone, Fensore). All are strong players to be very excited about. Credit: @coreypronmanpic.twitter.com/B8d7RWbC1j