Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blue-chip goalie Commesso commits for 2020



St. Sebastian’s goalie Drew Commesso, a recent decommit from New Hampshire, has now committed to BU for the 2020-21 season.  Commesso, from Norwell, Mass, is listed at 6’2”, 160 by the Cape Cod Whalers 16U’s, his midget team this fall.  Last season, he had a 1.77 GAA and .932 save % for the Arrows as a freshman. Commesso is expected to be invited to next Spring’s USA Hockey NTDP Evaluation Camp.





In SB Nation’s Massachusetts Final 40 Prospects rankings this past May, he was ranked the top 2002 goalie:

Drew Commesso, #34 White, Catches Left, 6-1/150 (UNH) – He’s one of the top two goaltenders in the country at this age group. He moves well, has strong fundamentals and just stops pucks. He’ll be the go-to guy at St. Sebastian’s this winter.

This past summer, Commesso stopped 27 of 28 shots in a strong Select 15 performance, then had a 3-0 record and a 1.52 GAA in the Chowder Cup. Following the 2016 Total Pro Evaluation Showcase, USHR reported:


Drew Commesso, #1 Light Blue, Bay State Breakers – The clear #1 here. He’s already well over six feet, so he fits that profile. He’s athletic and controls rebounds extremely well. He looks to be this year’s version of Spencer Knight

Also in 2016, he was one of eight 2002 goalies invited to the STX 68 and he was a standout in the 2015 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, posting a 1.375 GAA for the Bay State Breakers.

Commesso has been mentored by Brian Ecklund of MassCrease since he was seven years old.  Ecklund joined the Terrier coaching staff prior to the 2016-17 season after several years as Harvard’s goalie coach and after playing in the NHL with Tampa Bay.
Elite Prospects page  (still listing him as a UNH commit)

► With today’s verbal, BU’s 2020 class, which was already exceptionally strong, grows even more formidable. Commesso joins defensemen Alex Vlasic and Cade Webber, center Josh Lawrence and wings Dylan Peterson and Liam Connors.


Looking ahead
2018 recruits Joel Farabee and Tyler Weiss each scored within a minute span in the third period as the NTDP U18s defeated the Minnesota Wilderness, 7-2, in a preseason contest.  Farabee (31 points) and Weiss (29) were the top two scorers on last season’s NTDP U17 squad.  Farabee added another 18 points after being called up to the U18s.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Looking back
There are 28 former Terriers in NHL training camps and 23 of them played for Coach David Quinn.  Here are reports on a few of them:

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, in his first Bruins training camp, is getting some mentoring from veteran forward David Backes, who noted:
"He’s a guy that is a cerebral player, thinks the game well. But at times that can be cumbersome as well, slows you down a little bit. [I’m] trying to communicate that he has great instincts, that he can trust those instincts and go out there and play fast."
●Boston Globe report

At Sabres’ camp, Evan Rodrigues talked about his two professional seasons and management changes in Buffalo.  In the Sabres’ 3-2 OT loss to Carolina on Sunday, ERod assisted on both Buffalo goals.

Lifelong Rangers fan Kevin Shattenkirk begins his first camp with the Broadway Blueshirts and discusses how he’ll fit in with the team that “rises and falls by speed.”

Two-time BU scoring leader Alex Chiasson, in Capitals camp on a PTO, sees his NHL experience and physical style providing him an opportunity to claim a bottom six spot in the Washington line-up.

Women’s Team
The NCAA has included senior Victoria Bach among candidates for the 2017-18 Patty Kazmaier Award.  A unanimous first team Hockey East All-Star and a first team New England D1 All-Star last season, she won the conference scoring title with 35 points and had 49 points overall.

BU kicks off its 2017-18 season Friday night with an exhibition game against Concordia, followed by Saturday afternoon's home opener vs. Merrimack. 



Saturday, September 16, 2017

THN talks Tkachuk; future Terriers shine for U17s




The Hockey News’ Prospect Podcast features Ryan Kennedy’s comments on Terrier Freshman Brady Tkachuk.

"He’s a Tkachuk, he’s a pain to play against, he’s a load to handle, he goes to the dirty areas and he can get those greasy goals for you. He has nice offensive skills, he’s got hands and will be a terrific net-front presence. A top-5 player for 2018."

●TheHockeyNews.com Prospect Podcast  (begins at 10:30)


Looking ahead
2020 recruit Alex Vlasic (photo), a 6’5” defenseman, scored twice and added two helpers to lead the NTDP U17s to a preseason 12-1 win over the NAHL Minnesota Wilderness. 2019 recruit Trevor Zegras, who displayed strong playmaking skills, according to a blog contributor at the game, chipped in a goal and two assists. Blueliner Case McCarthy, another 2019 recruit, was in the USA line-up.
● USA Hockey recap and box score



Looking back
Three former Terriers are on the Washington Capitals' training camp roster. Last week, Alex Chiasson signed a PTO contract and yesterday skated on a line centered by Evgeny Kuznetsov. Chris Bourque (photo), MVP of the 2005 Beanpot, has played 51 NHL games and has scored 639 points in 658 games. Robbie Baillargeon, who played last season for Arizona State as a graduate transfer, signed a one-year contract with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays, where he’ll join fellow signee Nick Roberto and skate for Coach Ryan Warsofsky, older brother of former Terrier David Warsofsky.

Ontheforecheck.com analyzes the center position for Stanley Cup runner-up Nashville  where Nick Bonino is slotted as the number two pivot, after anchoring the Penguins' third line the past two seasons.
Ontheforecheck.com report



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