June 24, 2007

ECAC Hockey In The Draft

It was a rather quiet weekend for the ECAC, although it started with a Big Red bang when Riley Nash was selected in the first round. Here's how the league did in the NHL draft.

  • Riley Nash, 1 (21) -- Edmonton.
  • Alex Killorn, Harvard (2008), 3 (77) -- Tampa Bay.
  • Austin Smith, Colgate (2008), 5 (128) -- Dallas.
  • Joe Stejskal, Dartmouth, 5 (133) -- Montreal.
  • Bryan Rufenach, Clarkson, 7 (208) -- Detroit.
  • June 22, 2007

    Nash To The Oilers

    Riley Nash was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the 21st pick in the first round.

    Riley is the first Cornell player selected in the opening round since Sasha Pokulok was selected 14th by the Washington Capitals in 2005, and only the second first round selection in Cornell history. Riley also becomes the first player selected in the opening round prior to having played a game for the Big Red.

    Center appears to be the deepest position in the Oilers' organization, according to Hockey's Future, which should allow Edmonton to be patient with Riley. Given Riley's age (Riley's the youngest member of Cornell's incoming class, and is the 6th youngest player selected in this year's first round) there would seem to be no need to rush his development. Hopefully, Edmonton will give Riley a couple of years, at least, to mature physically and round out his game.

    Riley was the only member of the ECAC to be selected in the opening round.

    Congratulations, Riley.

    * Please visit The Big Red What for a list of Cornell's draft history.

    Photo: Edmonton Oilers

    NHL Draft Tonight

    The first round of the NHL's entry draft will be conducted tonight. Incoming recruits Riley Nash and Patrick Kennedy have been named to Central Scouting's final list, as has rising sophomore Brendon Nash.

    The draft begins at 7:00 (EST).

    Andy Iles Update

    Brandon Thomas has a nice article in today's Ithaca Journal on Andy Iles. The good news for Cornell fans is that the article confirms that the Big Red are currently among Andy's final five (along with BC, Michigan, Northeastern, and Notre Dame).

    BRP did a brief report on Andy's play during last year's Caren Classic.

    An interesting sidenote: There is a possibility that two local goalies could be future teammates and play their home games before friends and family at Lynah. Cornell is currently being considered by both Chance Lieb (1990-born) and Andy Iles (1992-born). This is probably a rather remote possibility since both players will be under intense pressure to take their game elsewhere, particularly the OHL. Of course, Cornell has a pretty impressive history of producing goalies who are Hobey Baker finalists, All-Americans, and professional prospects. It is believed that this would be a first for Cornell's storied hockey program (calling The Big Red What...).

    June 8, 2007

    2007-2008 Roster Update

    Rumors had circulated for some time that Tony Romano would pack up his Big Red bag and move on to the icy pastures of the Ontario Hockey League. The London Knights put the rumor to rest when they announced yesterday that they had signed Tony to a free agent contract. Tony was a lot of fun to watch last season and BRP wishes him well in the future.

    Cornell's roster now sits at 14 forwards, 8 defensmen, and 3 goalies. This appears to leave an opening for one forward, though Cornell has carried 14 forwards in 2 of the previous 4 seasons (2005-2006 & 2003-2004). With a total roster of 25, Cornell sits one below their average roster size, though last year was the first season out of the previous four that they had hit that number.

    Seniors: 4 (7 in 2006-2007)
    F - Chris Fontas
    F - Raymond Sawada
    F - Topher Scott
    D - Doug Krantz

    Juniors: 7 (4 in 2006-2007)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Michael Kennedy
    F - Tyler Mugford
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff
    G - Troy Davenport
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Sophomores: 6 (8 in 2006-2007)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Brendon Nash
    D - Justin Krueger
    G - Ben Scrivens

    Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2006-2007)
    F - Joe Devin
    F - Patrick Kennedy
    F - Riley Nash
    F - Dan Nicholls
    F - Tyler Roeszler
    D - Jordan Berk
    D - Mike Devin
    D - Jacob Johnston

    On the horizon...

    2008-2009: (7-9)
  • F - Sean Collins
  • F - Locke Jillson
  • F - Jordan Kary
  • F - Chris Moulson
  • D - Braden Birch
  • D - Keir Ross
  • D - Sean Whitney
  • G - Michael Garman

    2009-2010: (6-7)
  • F - Erik Axell
  • F - Kevin Cole (could defer to 2010)
  • F - Vince Mihalek
  • D - Nick D'Agostino
  • D - Jarred Seymour (could defer to 2010)

    For 2008 & 2009, there are now 5 blueliners aboard (Braden Birch, Keir Ross, Sean Whitney, Nick D'Agostino, and Jarred Seymour), and the remaining need for the next two classes would seem to be some speedy goal scorers and another goalie. The Big Red would appear to be looking for another 1-2 forwards to join Sean Collins, Jordan Kary, Locke Jillson, and Chris Moulson in the 2008 class, though that depends upon whether there are any early departures. Among the defensive recruits there are 3 1989-born students and 2 born in 1990. It appears that, at least, one of the 1989-born defensive group could defer to 2009, and perhaps one of the 1990s will defer to 2010.
  • June 3, 2007

    Local Red

    Kevin Cole (5' 11", 175), a 1991-born forward from Ithaca, NY, has reportedly committed to Cornell for the 2009 or 2010 season. Kevin, who spent this past season with the Syracuse Stars' Junior B program in the Empire JHL, is the first member of the 2009/2010 class. Last season, Kevin led the Stars in scoring with 21 goals and 36 assists in 38 games. Kevin also played very well on special teams for Syracuse, scoring 10 of his goals and adding 22 of his assists on the powerplay and even picking up a goal and assist while short-handed. Kevin was the youngest player to finish in the top-10 in scoring during the Empire JHL's regular season, and was one of only three 1991-born players to be named to the league's All-Star game.

    Various scouting reports on Kevin paint a fairly consistent picture as to the type of player he is at this stage of his development, though bear in mind he's still only 16 years old. Kevin's reportedly a quick skater with good top-end speed and a solid two-way player. Kevin displays a great deal of maturity in his game for a young player and is rarely caught out-of-position. Kevin's considered a relentless player who's not afriad to mix it up and displays a fair amount of leadership, especially considering he's been an underaged player.

    This is an exciting pickup for Cornell and it'll be enjoyable watching Kevin develop over the next few years. Kevin is the son of Dave and Karen Cole, each of whom played hockey while attending Cornell. Kevin will spend this year playing in the Atlantic JHL with the Binghamton Jr. Senators. Last season Binghamton advanced to the Atlantic JHL's semifinals before losing to the Northern Cyclones, 4-3, in OT.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Kevin.