Friday, July 22, 2016

Couturier Transferring to UMass

 Josh Couturier put an end to the rumors surrounding his future this afternoon by announcing that he will be suiting up for UMass-Amherst in 2017.  Due to NCAA rules, the Newburyport native will have to sit out a year before hitting the ice for head coach Greg Carvel.

Good luck to Josh as he heads to a place where he will inevitably get more playing time. While there may have been an outside shot of Couturier skating for BC this year, it would have been in a reduced role and that is without considering the scholarship situation.

I don't envision BC bringing in one more player this fall as it's too late in the game to find someone that can contribute at a high level. That being said, with Scott Savage graduating next spring, the staff will need to find a replacement as the class of 2017 is stocked with 8 forwards and 0 blue liners. We shall see what the future holds.

Go Eagles

Couturier News- UPDATED*******

Update- Since last night's report by SB Nation College Hockey that Josh Couturier was transferring to UNH, I have learned that this is NOT the case- he is not going there. The belief is that the Newburyport native is still looking to transfer but again, the report that he is headed to New Hampshire is false.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mike Campoli Injured at Sabres Camp

Things turned scary this afternoon at Buffalo Sabres' development camp as incoming freshman Michael Campoli was the victim of an awkward hit. The initial reports were chilling as beat writers posted pictures of Campoli being carted off by a medical team but since then, the Quebec native has left the hospital and seems to be feeling fine. 

Despite not getting drafted, Campoli will be an integral part of BC's revamped defense this fall as he may be the only true "shut down" guy they have on the roster. While the other three freshmen defenders are known for their ability to spread the ice with speed and skill, Campoli's  style mirrors that of Steve Santini. 

Thankfully, it doesn't appear as if this incident will hamper his ability to get going in September. 

Go Eagles 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sanford Gone

The Washington Capitals confirmed this afternoon that sophomore forward Zach Sanford has signed with the team, becoming the seventh Eagle to leave early this offseason.

First of all, congratulations to Zach and his family- I know that he will continue to work hard and do all he can to become an every day NHL player next October. He would not have signed unless Washington promised him a long look at camp and from what I have heard, GM Brian MacLellan believes the Salem, Massachusetts native has a shot at making the big squad right out of camp.

For BC, this is obviously a huge blow. Twitter and the message boards will go on and on about how BC should no longer recruit "mercenaries" and how no one is "loyal" to Coach York. I don't believe much of that. After what happened with Jimmy Vesey, NHL teams don't want their draftees to enter the final year before free agency because they run the obvious risk of losing some assets. Sanford, although a sophomore, was drafted in the same year as Miles Wood, Steve Santini, and Ian McCoshen- all of whom signed early as well. Next year is going to consist of some growing pains, especially if Colin White exits but if he stays, at least BC will be able to depend on two of the top playmakers in college hockey- White and Ryan Fitzgerald. If some of the younger guys can hit their stride by February and March, who knows what this team is capable of. The talent level may not be where it was this past season but one thing I have learned throughout my time following Eagle hockey is that Coach York and his staff will find a way to get them playing at a high level. They may not be the most talented maroon and gold squad ever to hit the ice, but I know they'll surprise people.

Go Eagles 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Staff Picks Up First 2002 Commit

 Defenseman Stephen Davis out of Hingham became the first 2002 birthdate to commit to BC yesterday afternoon. As you might expect, there is not much information floating around the internet with regards to fourteen year old hockey players but Davis is considered the type of skater that could develop into a star down the road. When recruiting this level, the staff isn't looking at where players are at now as much as they are trying to project where the prospects will be three years down the road. According to those who have seen have him play, Davis is a good sized defenseman with high end speed. Last summer, the US Hockey Report scouted Davis at Harvard's prospect camp and wrote that he "has size and the requisite tools, it will be interesting to see how he develops."

SB Nation College Hockey's Jeff Cox spoke to Davis' junior coach and former Maine Black Bear, Tim Lovell, who described the 02 as a kid he expects to morph into a top end NCAA and NHL prospect down the road. Lovell added that Davis, "sees the ice well, is great defensively, and has improved in the puck handling department."

I don't believe any coaches in college hockey actually want to begin recruiting kids at this age but as soon as one program does it, the others will begin to follow in fear of falling behind. Teams such as Vermont and Notre Dame got the ball rolling so expect BC to try and put an emphasis on securing a couple of verbal commitments from the 01 and 02 age groups before summer comes to a close.

Go Eagles

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Eagles at NHL Development Camps

It's that time of year again as a bevy of Eagles are dispersing all around the country to their respective NHL development camps. Here is the current list-

Chris Calnan- Chicago

Chris Brown- Buffalo

Mike Campoli (free agent)- Buffalo

Casey Fitzgerald- Buffalo

Colin White- Ottawa

Zach Sanford- Washington

Ryan Fitzgerald- Boston

David Cotton- Carolina

Zach Walker (free agent)- Nashville

Joseph Woll- Toronto

Joey Dudek- New Jersey

Scott Savage (free agent)- New Jersey

Luke McInnis (free agent)- New Jersey

Chris Shero (free agent)- New Jersey

Austin Cangelosi (free agent)- New Jersey

Good luck to all of those guys- the season is just around the corner.

Go Eagles

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Calnan Named Captain

Senior forward Chris Calnan has been named captain for the 2016-17 season, as announced by the team's official Twitter account this morning. In April, Coach York stated that Ian McCoshen would lead the charge this upcoming fall but as expected, McCoshen signed with the Florida Panthers. That opened the door for Calnan, who will be assisted by fellow senior forwards Austin Cangelosi and Ryan Fitzgerald.

One of the aspects I like about this club, at least heading into the season, is that some of their best players will be in leadership positions. That has not been the case in years past with the rise of early departures by junior year. Although BC's freshmen class is full of older players, there is a good chance the Eagles will be breaking in nearly seven rookies when the puck drops in October, meaning the captains are going to have to find a way to acclimate the new guys sooner rather than later.

Go Eagles

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tolvanen Staying in USHL

According to THN's Ryan Kennedy, BC recruit and top 2017 draft prospect Eeli Tolvanen will head back to Sioux City (USHL) next season instead of bolting for the Oshawa Generals (OHL). This is huge news for BC, as Kennedy also reported that Tolvanen is still set on coming to Chestnut Hill in the fall of 2017, after one more season in the USHL, a league that has become a showcase for top end players over the past five years.

As BC fans well know, these situations are fluid and anything can change, especially in a year's time. That being said, Tolvanen going back to Sioux City is a major win for the staff.

Here is Kennedy's article- LINK