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  • Terrier86
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    Originally posted by hydrant View Post
    Cole Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass) commits to Minnesota. Potential top 10 pick in 2024. BU was rumored the favorite at some point. First player to ever play for gophers from MA. Tough loss
    Bummer - was figuring the longer things went on the less chance he was coming here.

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  • hydrant
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    Cole Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass) commits to Minnesota. Potential top 10 pick in 2024. BU was rumored the favorite at some point. First player to ever play for gophers from MA. Tough loss
    Last edited by hydrant; 09-07-2022, 06:20 PM.

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  • Bomber
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    Brownie is leaving at the end of the academic year. Who is mookie going to write nasty emails to when the Terriers lose 3 in a row? : )

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  • Lemonade
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    Originally posted by Terrier86 View Post

    Pretty much agree... great goalie, average at best d corps, and slightly below average forwards. Gonna have to win a lot of 2-1 or maybe 3-2 games this year.
    Totally agree with this....play sound team defense...pop a few goals and hold on for close wins...we really need some of the forwards to take the next step and produce. You can't have a defenseman the leading scorer. Brown, Tuch, Peterson, Skoog need to make a bigger impact on the scoresheet.

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  • Terrier86
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    I hope we break in through this year... Here's our challenges and past realities...Against good/very good teams, we've struggled to score goals. Our OT/shootout results also show we're average in the offensive pop category. Our forwards HAVE to step up and produce, or we'll be sitting here a year from now putting our faith in the more heralded offensive recruits coming in.

    Keep in mind: we feasted on lower PWR rated teams from January to end of February. Look at the SOS and apply a healthy amount of salt to gaudy record in the second half of last year.

    The defense also has to step up or Drew will be exhausted in most most third periods/OT's... where I think we'll see improvement is in our overall playing systems and tactics/in-game adjustments.

    It's going to be interesting to see the season unfold! It'll grab my interest mire than previous seasons- that's for sure!

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  • hydrant
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    Going to be interesting to see how we start the year. Feel that will determine how our season goes. Obviously, need to be good to get wins, but will be interesting to see how Pandolfo and staff do to start the year. OOC schedule is best/toughest we've had in years with Michigan, Notre Dame, Harvard in the first half of the season.

    Last 3 Seasons (not counting 20-21) record until the new year

    18-19
    6-8-2.....finished 16-18-4

    19-20
    6-6-5..... finished 13-13-8

    21-22
    7-9-3.... finished 19-13-3

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  • Rogie21
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    Originally posted by defkit View Post

    I think we need to remember that the excellent recruiting news obviously doesn't impact this season. That said, I agree that this team should be improved - but I wouldn't say this is THE year. Yes, having so many upperclassmen is a rarity and should help. As should a pretty strong freshman class. The big question for me is - does the new coaching staff help guys like Stevens and Zabaneh realize their potential. We see flashes of brilliance, but not that next step to consistent high level of play. Even someone as talented as JOB wasn't consistent enough. Will there be any mid-season departures over playing time? I think it will be a bad sign if we see that from younger guys, since Pandolfo emphasized his goal of finding guys that are willing to stick it out when all doesn't go well. But I am optimistic that we won't have much if any of that.
    A few observations:
    On paper, BU has enough talent and experience to contend for home ice in an extremely competitive conference and earn an NCAA bid. This is largely the same squad that went 15-2-1 over three months with one OT loss and a 2-goal loss with an ENG. And yes, an ugly finish.

    Both consistency and player development will be critical to BU’s success. In a WTBU interview, AD Marrochello said that he and Pandolfo are in lock-step on emphasizing player development. Besides the 2 players defkit mentioned, the new management needs to guide NHL-drafted juniors Tuch, Peterson and Webber in taking the next step up/becoming impact players, and to quickly get the freshmen ready to contribute.

    In a recent podcast interview, Matt Brown said one key to this season is staying healthy, noting that last year, top 9 forwards missed a lot of games. The top 5 returning Fs were out for a combined 44 games, including 11 each for O’Brien and Brown, and Tuch 9. Only Skoog and Fensore played all 35.

    BU had eight games (nearly ? of the schedule) go to overtime, with 3 OT wins, 2 OT losses and 2 shootout losses. 3-on-3 is effectively a special team situation like PP and PK, as is the penalty shot. Standings points at stake in close games.

    It was a pretty good off-season in terms of early departures, with Mastro being the only unexpected loss of significance. Vlasic went right to the NHL and made 15 starts.

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  • brassbonanza
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    Originally posted by BU Fan 84 View Post
    I'm confused by this series of recent posts. You do remember that these players all kind of suck, right? Our goalie is good. We have two decent defensemen. Have any forwards besides Skoog scored more than 10 goals? I think the best we can hope for is a team that isn't awful.
    I think it's hard to tell how much the lack of production was a product of **** poor coaching from Albie and how much is the players may not be that good. It's clear Albie's staff did not prioritize player development - which Jay & co. clearly are. Therefore, it's reasonable to believe the level of play we saw from them would improve.

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  • Terrier86
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    Originally posted by BU Fan 84 View Post
    I'm confused by this series of recent posts. You do remember that these players all kind of suck, right? Our goalie is good. We have two decent defensemen. Have any forwards besides Skoog scored more than 10 goals? I think the best we can hope for is a team that isn't awful.
    Pretty much agree... great goalie, average at best d corps, and slightly below average forwards. Gonna have to win a lot of 2-1 or maybe 3-2 games this year.

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  • BU Fan 84
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    I'm confused by this series of recent posts. You do remember that these players all kind of suck, right? Our goalie is good. We have two decent defensemen. Have any forwards besides Skoog scored more than 10 goals? I think the best we can hope for is a team that isn't awful.

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  • hydrant
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    Originally posted by defkit View Post

    I think we need to remember that the excellent recruiting news obviously doesn't impact this season. That said, I agree that this team should be improved - but I wouldn't say this is THE year. Yes, having so many upperclassmen is a rarity and should help. As should a pretty strong freshman class. The big question for me is - does the new coaching staff help guys like Stevens and Zabaneh realize their potential. We see flashes of brilliance, but not that next step to consistent high level of play. Even someone as talented as JOB wasn't consistent enough. Will there be any mid-season departures over playing time? I think it will be a bad sign if we see that from younger guys, since Pandolfo emphasized his goal of finding guys that are willing to stick it out when all doesn't go well. But I am optimistic that we won't have much if any of that.

    Looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out. Less than a month away!
    Did not mean it as in this is THE year where we are the favorites etc. Just meant that with all this upperclassmen, it feels that this this season could somewhat be a waste if not successful if that makes sense. With all the seniors being gone next year as well as Commesso most likely, next year will be a whole different team. Obviously not ideal to be looking at next season, but this team is pretty much all veterans.

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  • defkit
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    Originally posted by hydrant View Post
    Officially one month till first game. Expecting big things this year. Senior year for the 13 Freshmen that came in 19-20 (minus Zegras, Vlasic, Mastro, Boguslavsky, Abel) (Plus O'brien, Brown). Can't recall a BU team with this many upperclassmen. Am I crazy for saying this is THE year? Not saying that this is the best roster we've seen, but the age excuse can't apply to BU this year. Obviously, need scoring from up front. Last 3 seasons a defenseman has lead team in scoring(Farrance, Farrance, Fensore) and in 18-19 Fabbro was second leading scorer. Albie effect? Can't recall a first line that was impactful since Greenway- Melanson-Tkachuk, maybe Curry-Zegras-Harper, but they were split up because no production from other lines. Hopefully, we can have a couple ppg players.
    I think we need to remember that the excellent recruiting news obviously doesn't impact this season. That said, I agree that this team should be improved - but I wouldn't say this is THE year. Yes, having so many upperclassmen is a rarity and should help. As should a pretty strong freshman class. The big question for me is - does the new coaching staff help guys like Stevens and Zabaneh realize their potential. We see flashes of brilliance, but not that next step to consistent high level of play. Even someone as talented as JOB wasn't consistent enough. Will there be any mid-season departures over playing time? I think it will be a bad sign if we see that from younger guys, since Pandolfo emphasized his goal of finding guys that are willing to stick it out when all doesn't go well. But I am optimistic that we won't have much if any of that.

    Looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out. Less than a month away!

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  • hydrant
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    Officially one month till first game. Expecting big things this year. Senior year for the 13 Freshmen that came in 19-20 (minus Zegras, Vlasic, Mastro, Boguslavsky, Abel) (Plus O'brien, Brown). Can't recall a BU team with this many upperclassmen. Am I crazy for saying this is THE year? Not saying that this is the best roster we've seen, but the age excuse can't apply to BU this year. Obviously, need scoring from up front. Last 3 seasons a defenseman has lead team in scoring(Farrance, Farrance, Fensore) and in 18-19 Fabbro was second leading scorer. Albie effect? Can't recall a first line that was impactful since Greenway- Melanson-Tkachuk, maybe Curry-Zegras-Harper, but they were split up because no production from other lines. Hopefully, we can have a couple ppg players.
    Last edited by hydrant; 09-01-2022, 02:17 PM.

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  • Rogie21
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    Matt Brown deals, Mike Sullivan extended by Pens

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  • NCAA watcher
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    Originally posted by Rogie21 View Post

    Sean McDonough apparently has no children, but his father had two other sons.

    An earlier post suggesting 2024 recruit Cal Hughes is related to Montreal GM Kent Hughes is correct. According to an NEHJ article, Cal is the cousin of NU forwards Riley Hughes and Jack Hughes. Their dad, Kent, reports to Jeff Gorton, whose son Jack is a 2023 BU recruit. Cal was coached with the NJ Colonials by Kent's brother, Ryan, who played for Cornell in the early '90 and suited up for the Bruins in three games.
    This gives some insight into the other brothers, with early 1980s connections to the Amontes and UNH player Frank Messina, whose sister was killed in the car accident.

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...gh-tells-story

    Messina, her younger brother, Frankie, and his best friend, Rocco Amonte, were the last passengers picked up and would be in the car only for an estimated two minutes. Frankie and Rocco were dispatched to the cargo area in the rear of the car, along with the remaining bottles of beer in the case.

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