Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Notes on Calnan and Casey Fitzgerald

Junior forward Chris Calnan participated in both practices so far this week after suffering a shoulder injury versus New Hampshire two weeks ago. The training staff has Calnan outfitted in one of those no-contact medical jerseys and he is only skating for about half of the practices. I am the furthest thing away from a medical expert but I thought he looked relatively healthy when taking part in the drills. It was certainly surprising to see him back so early but I wouldn't bet on him being in the lineup this Saturday because they don't want the injury to get any worse before fully healing.

Brendan Silk continues to be sidelined with nerve damage in his shoulder but other than that, BC is healthy.

On another note, USA Hockey should be coming out with their World Jr camp roster within the next few days. Many scouts feel that Colin White and Alex Tuch are sure bets to make the team but there is clearly a lack of depth on the defensive end. It probably won't happen but I think the USA staff would do themselves a favor by giving Casey Fitzgerald a chance to make the roster later this month. He has the highest +/- rating out of any defenseman in the entire country (along with McCoshen), can play on both special teams units, and would make an impact on any game he is in. I am not going to mention any names but there are certain guys that Fitzgerald played behind at the NTDP last season who are projected as first or second round picks, but their production at the NCAA level has been significantly lower than Casey's. Of course, there are other factors that have played a role in #5's rise- BC has not played a very tough schedule, Demko has covered for more than a few defensive errors, and due to the firepower up front, none of the defenseman have had to spend much time in their own end. With all that being said, the numbers are the numbers and I believe he should be on that team.

Go Eagles


  1. Tuch automatic on world team ? Hasn't showed me much this season. I like Sanford better. Best passer on team. Would like to see him w Fitzy , and can't wait for Calnan to get back. Love how he plays.

  2. I see your points on Tuch. Sanford is too old. Tuch proved at last years WJC that he can come in and contribute. Was great at BC post-WJC.

  3. I know Sanford too old was talking about at BC. Hope u r right and tuch picks it up. What so u think of Sanford? Keep up the great work love reading your posts.

  4. Finally u say something we can agree on... hahaha just messing with u buddy I will be there Saturday in my bu gear because we play Vermont at 4 and should be done in time...

  5. I like Sanford a lot as a player. Always have. But, they need him to produce a tad more

    Hope all is well Rui!