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mookie1995
11-17-2013, 03:01 PM
Had Milano decommitted or was BC recruiting him while he was verbally committed to notre dame? (honest question- I don't remember hearing of him decommitting)

POACHERS!!!! jerry has no integrity

J.D.
11-17-2013, 03:57 PM
This thread should be renamed troll city ;)

sigx15
11-17-2013, 04:33 PM
POACHERS!!!! jerry has no integrity

Maybe Jerry can poach Eichel from Quinn and bring in the whole line from the ntdp.

mookie1995
11-17-2013, 06:04 PM
Maybe Jerry can poach Eichel from Quinn and bring in the whole line from the ntdp.

would not surprise mookie...

carltonbarrett
11-17-2013, 06:32 PM
would not surprise mookie...

Probably crossed Eichel's mind by now about de-committing from BU and heading to BC instead, especially after the combined recent 12-1 arse whipping at the hands of BU's two biggest rivals in BC and Maine. It must be awfully depressing for him to be around Milano and Tuch day in and day out and see their enthusiasm for BC, knowing full well he's Likely heading down a dead end path in going to BU.

J.D.
11-17-2013, 06:38 PM
the fanboys would be inconsolable and that of course would be fantastic for everyone

Drew S.
11-17-2013, 07:36 PM
Probably crossed Eichel's mind by now about de-committing from BU and heading to BC instead, especially after the combined recent 12-1 arse whipping at the hands of BU's two biggest rivals in BC and Maine. It must be awfully depressing for him to be around Milano and Tuch day in and day out and see their enthusiasm for BC, knowing full well he's Likely heading down a dead end path in going to BU.

Things are never as good or as bad as you think. From an outsider it seems like these are strange times at BC; players getting cut, nicking other team's recruits, not playing two decent enough defenseman while there you have a converted forward back there. You guys are obviously a lot closer to the team than me but seem like some rather odd things going on for a team who has had plenty of recent success.

As far as this weekend goes, who will be in net for BC? I think Maine has a chance if Billet plays but can't see them winning with Demko in net.

J.D.
11-17-2013, 08:32 PM
Only one player was cut and it's not like he was kicked out of school. The kid obviously wanted to play hockey and he simply wasn't gonna get the playing time here, there are no guarantees of ice time for anyone. Wish him nothing but the best. If he proves he's good enough, he'll catch on somewhere.

And players have been committing to schools and then bolting for major junior as well as decommitting from a school to go to another school for years now. It happens all over the country. I thought people had just come to the realization that this is what it's like in this era of college hockey, but maybe not. In the end, these are young kids we're talking about. Combine that with overzealous parents and "family advisers"...it leads to chaos out there. Sometimes they simply change their mind. It happens more and more. I've begrudgingly come to accept these things about the game we love. We've seen example after example in regard to how a verbal commitment really means nothing anymore. This can be on the kid/his circle and then you also see examples where teams try to push a kid back a year. If the kid doesn't want to do it, he looks elsewhere. What I don't know is if there have been discussions on changing the current system of verbal commitments, recruiting timelines, etc. Really have no idea how coaches feel about this stuff. Seems to be one of those things the coaches have just come to accept. People need to get used to it whether they like it or not.

Of all the things you mentioned, the Linell on defense move is the one thing that is odd. He's turned it around lately and has played better back there, but it definitely still worries me when big games roll around. I can only hope him being back there doesn't directly lead to losses in those games. Have to wait and see I guess.

York made it seem like Demko could be back for the Maine game. Billett had a great two games against UMass. Either way, I think Maine has a good chance of winning. Both NU and UMass played BC tough, so I don't see why Maine wouldn't be able to up there.

Carmine Scarpaglia
11-17-2013, 08:56 PM
It's not a shocker or a surprise that someone is interested in changing their commitment and jumping to BC. And it's not shocking that we're talking about absolute elite players doing this.

That being said, yes the fact that BC cut a defenseman and then went and put a forward on defense is peculiar to say the least. Particularly with other actual defensemen on the roster that are decent... all that being said, Linell has been decent lately but I do believe it will be an ultimate fatal flaw if this plan continues into March. However, this isn't exactly the first time York has done this. We've seen Joe Whitney back there and Brian Boyle back there. We've just never seen this so early in the season in an effort to get the puck moving better when we have a real defensemen who can... move the puck (Doherty).

So as far as I'm concerned, the sky is still blue, BC wins lots of hockey games, Umass fans are dumb... pretty much same old, same old.

carltonbarrett
11-17-2013, 08:57 PM
If both Milano and Hanafin show up next year, BC will almost certainly have the best recruiting class in the country again.

J.D.
11-17-2013, 09:03 PM
That being said, yes the fact that BC cut a defenseman and then went and put a forward on defense is peculiar to say the least.

I didn't think of it in this regard. That's a good point.

Cross Check
11-17-2013, 09:09 PM
We've seen Joe Whitney back there and Brian Boyle back there.

And the Boyle on defense experiment worked out well...right up until it cost them the national championship. I know Jerry and his staff have more than earned the benefit of the doubt, but Linell is NOT a defenseman and they WILL get burned eventually if they continue to act as if he is. If they were shorthanded back there, I would kind of understand, but Doherty is perfectly serviceable back there. I just don't get it. And no one is going to get it if in March he gets turned like a turnstile the way Tim Kennedy turned Boyle.

J.D.
11-17-2013, 09:19 PM
Seems like everyone is in agreement in regard to Linell.

Cross Check, I know what you're saying about Boyle in the title game, but the experiment actually did work pretty well. They bumped up little known freshman Ben Smith to that top line and that was a terrific move. Boyle played pretty well on D and looked like he belonged. I remember even reading things about how he would fare as a defenseman at the next level.

carltonbarrett
11-17-2013, 09:19 PM
I could possibly see Linell playing over Jeke or Sullivan when he was here, but Doherty was pretty solid last year as a freshman and was a fairly highly regarded recruit. The only thing I can think of is that with all the bodies around, there's no room for a defenseman recruit next year and York knows he's going to need Linell to be a regular back there next year along with Jeke, so he's trying to get him as much playing time back there as possible now, but will eventually insert Doherty when the games become more important.

Drew S.
11-17-2013, 10:04 PM
I could possibly see Linell playing over Jeke or Sullivan when he was here, but Doherty was pretty solid last year as a freshman and was a fairly highly regarded recruit. The only thing I can think of is that with all the bodies around, there's no room for a defenseman recruit next year and York knows he's going to need Linell to be a regular back there next year along with Jeke, so he's trying to get him as much playing time back there as possible now, but will eventually insert Doherty when the games become more important.

Is there any chance Jeke leaves in December? I believe he hasn't played any games this year so could transfer and have two and a half years at another school.

As far as kids decommiting, I'm not a huge fan of it. If there are some kind of mitigating circumstances like the coach leaving or something its one thing, but
situations like with Roy, Wade Murphy, and Milano are bad news for college hockey.

claver2010
11-18-2013, 07:37 AM
York made it seem like Demko could be back for the Maine game. Billett had a great two games against UMass. Either way, I think Maine has a good chance of winning. Both NU and UMass played BC tough, so I don't see why Maine wouldn't be able to up there.

As one who thinks Demko gives us the best shot to win every night I see no reason to play Demko until Holy Cross. Billett was very impressive this weekend.

Regarding Linell, one thing I do like is York putting him up front on the PK. I actually really like all of the units for the PK they've been rolling out of late. Putting Johnny out there when they're trying to spring a goal, Linell up front, and obviously Brown & Smith are a great pair.

Also, I have been surprised Jeke hsan't gotten a game or two. I really liked what I saw last year and with Santini out he's certainly one who can bring the physicality on the blueline.

sigx15
11-18-2013, 10:23 AM
If both Milano and Hanafin show up next year, BC will almost certainly have the best recruiting class in the country again.

Is Hanifin accelerating a year in school? Hadnt heard this yet, but that would be a very good sign towards him coming to BC.

Also, dont want to rain on the parade but there are big concerns about losing Milano to the OHL. Mike McMahon is already reporting its a big concern from BC sources. This obviously doesn't mean a thing right now but it wouldnt be the first time something like this happened with a BC commit.

claver2010
11-19-2013, 07:27 AM
Some interesting stats as we're at the quarter point:

Kevin Hayes already has as many goals in 11 games as he did last year in 27
Powerplay has gone cold of late, 2 for 19 in HE. I actually like what I've seen of late, that unit where they load up with McCoshen & Matheson up top is impressive.
Last year in 38 games, BC outshot the opponents by 12, this year they're already at +59
Don't see either of them challenging Dumoulin's FR +40 but McCoshen is at +12, Santini +10

sterlippo1
11-19-2013, 09:03 AM
Don't see either of them challenging Dumoulin's FR +40 but McCoshen is at +12, Santini +10

LOL Dumoulin's +40 :eek::eek:

CollegeHockeyRinkReport
11-19-2013, 10:05 AM
Minnesota- North Dakota running away with poll so far. Vote for BC-BU as best rivalry here

http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/2013/11/19/5120410/union-rpi-rivalry-heats-up-ecac-hockey-rick-bennett-seth-appert-shayne-gostisbehere