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  • mookie1995
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    i'll admit it certainly wasn't the first game that i pronounced them the team of destiny and awarded them the NC (it was sometime after that )

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  • Federal League
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    I remember thinking they were a definite NCAA tourney team and a possible Frozen Four team before the season even started. After the Michigan game, I told my friends (and probably even posted it on here) that I thought they were a legitimate national title contender.

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  • slurpees
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    Originally posted by BU Fan 84 View Post
    Until I saw them play North Dakota, I figured they'd lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament, typical mediocre BU. That's what I'm thinking about next season, too.
    I remember people on here wondering after we thumped Michigan if we would make the tournament or not.

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  • BU Fan 84
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    Originally posted by 25 N Countin' View Post
    I told my buddy that preseason that if either goalie could play, we were looking at a Frozen Four/National Championship contender...I swear that's true.

    I just looked at our defense, Wilson, Bonino and Higgins and thought we had enough possible offensive power and defense to be a monster team.

    Man, it felt good to be right about that.
    Until I saw them play North Dakota, I figured they'd lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament, typical mediocre BU. That's what I'm thinking about next season, too.

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  • 25 N Countin'
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    Originally posted by BU Fan 84 View Post
    How much optimism did you have for the 08-09 season in the beginning of April, 2008? #1 goaltender removed from the team, our season riding on the shoulders of two freshmen, one of them recruited in a hurry. Same awful defensemen, and a group of forwards who, besides Wilson, Bonino and Higgins, weren't really looking too good. We were looking at having three lines of: completely untested freshmen (including Connolly, who wasn't exactly a big time recruit); Popko, Periera and one of not good Glass, Gilroy, or waste of space Z. Cohen; and offensive juggernauts Lawrence and Yip, and McCarthy. Look how that turned out.
    I told my buddy that preseason that if either goalie could play, we were looking at a Frozen Four/National Championship contender...I swear that's true.

    I just looked at our defense, Wilson, Bonino and Higgins and thought we had enough possible offensive power and defense to be a monster team.

    Man, it felt good to be right about that.

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  • slurpees
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    Originally posted by BU Fan 84 View Post
    How much optimism did you have for the 08-09 season in the beginning of April, 2008? #1 goaltender removed from the team, our season riding on the shoulders of two freshmen, one of them recruited in a hurry. Same awful defensemen, and a group of forwards who, besides Wilson, Bonino and Higgins, weren't really looking too good. We were looking at having three lines of: completely untested freshmen (including Connolly, who wasn't exactly a big time recruit); Popko, Periera and one of not good Glass, Gilroy, or waste of space Z. Cohen; and offensive juggernauts Lawrence and Yip, and McCarthy. Look how that turned out.
    and the underperforming Yip and Lawrence who both couldn't score...

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  • BU Fan 84
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    Originally posted by BU-Grad View Post
    after reading this, I am not feeling very confident about next season.

    can anyone give me some reason for optimism?
    How much optimism did you have for the 08-09 season in the beginning of April, 2008? #1 goaltender removed from the team, our season riding on the shoulders of two freshmen, one of them recruited in a hurry. Same awful defensemen, and a group of forwards who, besides Wilson, Bonino and Higgins, weren't really looking too good. We were looking at having three lines of: completely untested freshmen (including Connolly, who wasn't exactly a big time recruit); Popko, Periera and one of not good Glass, Gilroy, or waste of space Z. Cohen; and offensive juggernauts Lawrence and Yip, and McCarthy. Look how that turned out.

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  • BU Hammer
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    Originally posted by buoldtimer View Post
    Which aspects of Luke's game offensively did you like?
    He did have a sweet one-time finish on a pass from Bonino at the tail-end of one of BU's better games this year. He put that in and I think we all did a double-take, looked at each other, at Popko, then at Saponari, and all just kind of thought the same thing...

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  • buoldtimer
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    Originally posted by BU Hockey x2 View Post

    Offensively: I really liked Cohen and Popko...
    Which aspects of Luke's game offensively did you like?

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  • candycanes99
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    Originally posted by BU Hockey x2 View Post
    I mind as well finish.

    Goalltending: Goalies are a mystery to me, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect here. Obviously we all hope Millan is spectacular (and if he is, he can carry this team a long way), but again I just don't understand the species.
    I'm going to hope this was a version of the (dubious) year-after affect in baseball with regards to Kieran. He played a lot of minutes last year for a freshman, we all saw the effect it may or may not have had on Muse in 08-09. We will need Kieran to be almost as good as his 08-09 self with a less able defense core in front of him, a very tall task.

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  • BUterror
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    Originally posted by BU-Grad View Post
    after reading this, I am not feeling very confident about next season.

    can anyone give me some reason for optimism?
    I am right there with you. I think it will be tougher than this year

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  • BU Hockey x2
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    Originally posted by BU-Grad View Post
    after reading this, I am not feeling very confident about next season.

    can anyone give me some reason for optimism?
    I mind as well finish.

    Goalltending: Goalies are a mystery to me, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect here. Obviously we all hope Millan is spectacular (and if he is, he can carry this team a long way), but again I just don't understand the species.

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  • BU-Grad
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    Originally posted by Rover View Post
    What needs to happen above all else next year is Fidel and Pablo need to keep developing in D.
    wait, who is Pablo?

    but thanks for the responses...

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  • candycanes99
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    Originally posted by asox2000 View Post
    What's the BU Hockey Showcase?
    You may be familiar with it, it was recently renamed the 'Alex Greer Showcase.'

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  • BU Hockey x2
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    Originally posted by BU-Grad View Post
    after reading this, I am not feeling very confident about next season.

    can anyone give me some reason for optimism?
    I'll give it a shot:

    On defense: Despite the fact that they were consistently praised by Parker throughout the year, I don't think most realize exactly how good Escobedo and Nicastro were. Worsofsky is obviously a gifted player. Clendening will come in ready to play. So if Ruikka can survive the preseason and Rosen can be solid in his defensive end we might just be ok. We'll obviously need one more, but I feel like we've had some luck with the last minute pickups. Gilroy and Santana come to mind. With the loss of two offensive minded D'men can an argument be made that it will free up the forwards a little be more aggressive offensively?

    Offensively: I really liked Cohen and Popko, but I'm not really sure anyone would call them difference makers? We lost Bonino, which obviously hurts. Maybe the fact that we don't have a "super star" offensively will actually help this team. I have no doubt Gaudet will be a significant offensive threat, he'll be the biggest upside surprise. Trivino had a great year, Vinny found some fire at the end of the season and I expect more scoring out of Periera, Connolly and Chiasson. Nieto will contribute, he was first or second in scoring at USNDTP and I don't remember too many of those guys being a bust. Throw in Coyle as a potential impact player and we've got three solid lines, with about 6 guys competing for playing time (and because of who they are I expect them to compete hard). If nothing else they have depth at offense, just need someone to put the puck in the net.
    Last edited by BU Hockey x2; 04-01-2010, 03:44 PM.

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