October 31, 2008

October Poll Recap

The exhibition season is over; it's time to make 'em count.

In October, BRP asked "which newcomer will have the greatest impact this year?"

The results were as follows:

  • 30% -- Sean Collins
  • 24% -- Locke Jillson
  • 17% -- Keir Ross
  • 8% -- Derek Punches
  • 8% -- Jordan Kary
  • 7% -- Sean Whitney
  • 5% -- Michael Garman

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • October 27, 2008

    Weekend Wrap

    On Friday:

    Alberni Valley fell hard to Surrey, 7-1. Chris Moulson picked up an assist on the Bulldogs' only goal.

    Westside defeated Vernon, 5-2 . Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the Warriors.

    Amherst lost to Yarmouth, 6-2. Jordan Escott went scoreless for the Ramblers.

    Oakville doubled-up Ajax, 8-4. Braden Birch had an assist for the Blades.

    St. Michael's had a rough go of it against Hamilton, losing 7-1. Erik Axell had the Buzzers' only goal. Nick D'Agostino was scoreless on the night.

    On Saturday:

    Chris Moulson chipped in with a goal but it wasn't enough as Alberni Valley lost to Burnaby, 4-3.

    The Bulldogs will host Victoria on Friday.

    Vince Mihalek scored the game-winning goal to help Westside to a 5-3 win over Trail.

    Westside travels to Victoria on Tuesday.

    Amherst couldn't solve Dieppe Gagnon, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Commandos. Jordan Escott went scoreless on the weekend.

    Oakville continued its strong play with a 7-3 win over Bramalea. Braden Birch had a helper for Oakville.

    Oakville travels to Burlington on Friday.

    On Sunday:

    Amherst concluded a rough weekend with a 5-1 defeat to Summerside. Jordan Escott did not play.

    The Ramblers will visit Weeks on Thursday.

    St. Mike's wrapped up its weekend with a 4-2 loss to Wellington. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers.

    St. Michael's is at Cobourg on Monday.

    October 24, 2008

    Thursday Update

    Alberni Valley dropped a 3-2 decision to Langley. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Bulldogs.

    Alberni travels to Surrey on Friday.

    Westside picked up a 6-2 win over Quesnel. Vince Mihalek scored a goal for the Warriors.

    Westside will visit Vernon on Friday.

    Stouffville scored two goals in the third period but it wasn't enough as the Spirit fell to Cobourg, 6-5. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville.

    The Spirit get the weekend off, then travel to Hamilton on Monday.

    October 23, 2008

    Article On D'Agostino

    Hockey Now: Ontario has an article on Nick D'Agostino in its October 18th issue.

    Mike, thanks for the link.

    October 22, 2008

    Newfoundland Red

    Chris Heisenberg has reported that Jordan Escott (6' 2", 165), a 1991-born centerman with the Amherst Ramblers (Maritime JHL) has committed to Cornell for 2010. Jordan, who hails from St John's, Newfoundland, is currently tied for second in scoring in the MJHL with 6 goals and 15 assists in 14 games, and has won one Player of the Week award. Last season, Jordan scored 12 goals and had 29 assists in 52 games for the Ramblers, and was named Rookie of the Month in February.

    Jordan will be joining Braden Birch and Nick D'Agostino on Canada East in the upcoming World Junior A Challenge. Jordan also was a member of Team Atlantic in last season's World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

    Jordan was named #4 on The Hockey News' 10/21 Hot List.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Jordan.

    Photo:: Maritime JHL

    October 20, 2008

    OJHL Update

    On Thursday, St. Mike's lost to Newmarket, 4-2. Nick D'Agostino and Erik Axell went scoreless for the Buzzers.

    Stouffville fell to Markham, 4-3. Jarred Seymour did not play for the Spirit.

    On Friday, Oakville dropped a 4-3 decision to Buffalo. Braden Birch scored a goal in the loss.

    St. Mike's bounced back and beat Toronto, 7-1. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless and Erik Axell did not play.

    On Saturday, Oakville defeated Burlington. 5-2. Braden Birch went scoreless on the evening.

    Stouffville needed a shootout to get past St. Mike's, 3-2. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville. Nick D'Agostino scored a goal for St. Michael's, while Erik Axell went scoreless.

    On Sunday, Stouffville couldn't get past Toronto, falling 3-2. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    On Monday, Oakville picked up a shootout win over Buffalo, 5-4. Braden Birch had a helper for the Blades.

    On deck:
    Stouffville is hosting Cobourg on Thursday, while on Friday, Oakville is home against Ajax and St. Mike's is home against Hamilton.

    BCHL Update

    Westside squeaked past Prince George, 2-1, on Thursday. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the Warriors.

    On Friday, Alberni Valley dropped a 4-2 decision to Nanaimo. Chris Moulson went scoreless for Alberni.

    In Saturday's games, Westside and Quesnel met for the first game in a three game series with the Warriors surviving, 7-5. Vince Mihalek picked up an assist for Westside.

    Alberni dropped its second game of the weekend, falling 8-1 to Victoria. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Bulldogs.

    Next up for Alberni Valley is a trip to Langley on Thursday.

    On Sunday, Westside lost to Quesnel, 3-1. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Westside.

    Westside and Quesnel will finish their three game set on Thursday in Westside.

    October 16, 2008

    Birch and D'Agostino to WJAC

    Hockey Canada has announced the rosters for its East and West representatives in next month's World Junior A Challenge. Braden Birch and Nick D'Agostino will represent Canada East in the tournament.

    Canada East will be in Group B with Germany and the United States. Group A is comprised of Belarus, Canada West, and Russia.

    The event runs from November 2-9 in Camrose, Alberta. Canada East begins play on November 3rd against Germany.

    Congratulations to Braden and Nick.

    Bulldogs Battle Clippers

    Chris Moulson scored a goal for Alberni Valley in its losing effort to Nanaimo on Wednesday night. The Clippers got two goals from Brad McConnell and skated to a 6-3 win.

    The two teams meet again on Friday in Port Alberni.

    October 14, 2008

    2008 ECAC Hockey Recruiting Final Rankings

    Here's BRP's final look at the ECAC's 2008-2009 recruiting classes. For the second year in a row, Harvard claims the magic puck.

    2008 ECAC Hockey

    1) Harvard - Players, 8; Score, 120; Grade, A+
  • Another deep and talented class. Snagged two from the NTDP.
    Buzz: Ryan Grimshaw is a tough, relentless worker who's going to give opponents fits. Alexander Killorn is the highest drafted player coming into the league and should be in the running for the league's top rookie.
    NHL: Alexander Killorn, #77 (Tampa Bay) in 2007.

    2) Clarkson - Players, 8; Score, 113; Grade, A+
  • Class is full of scary scorers. Had more players selected in this summer's NHL draft than any other team in the league.
    Buzz: Julien Cayer is a talented striker who could make for some long nights in the crease. Mark Borowiecki should be a difference-maker at the blueline.
    NHL: Mark Borowiecki, #139 (Ottawa) in 2008.
    NHL: Julien Cayer, #151 (Detroit) in 2008.
    NHL: Nick Tremblay, #173 (Boston) in 2008.
    NHL: Paul Karpowich, #185 (St. Louis) in 2008.

    3) Dartmouth - Players, 9; Score, 106; Grade, A
  • The Green follow up last year's talented class with another one. 4 defensemen and 2 goalies restock the backend.
    Buzz: Paul Lee is big and skilled...nice combination. Lee was the second-leading goal scorer on Avon's Division 1 Prep champs.
    NHL: Troy Mattila, #190 (New York Islanders) in 2006.

    4) Colgate - Players, 7; Score, 96; Grade, B
  • Colgate's rebuilding effort should be hastened by its solid class.
    Buzz: Austin Smith will be expected to make an immediate impact. Nicholas Prockow was Berkshire's top scorer the past two years and could make as big a splash as Smith.
    NHL: Corbin McPherson, #87 (New Jersey) in 2007.
    NHL: Austin Smith, #128 (Dallas) in 2007.

    5) RPI - Players, 8; Score, 94; Grade, B
  • Another impressive group of forwards are joined by top prospects in goal and on the blueline.
    Buzz: Mike Bergin was referred to as " the surprise of a class deep in forwards" in our midterm rankings -- not much of a surprise anymore.
    NHL: Allen York, #158 (Columbus) in 2007.
    NHL: Mike Bergin, #208 (Dallas) in 2008.

    6) Cornell - Players, 6; Score, 91; Grade, B
  • Only Princeton and Union bring in fewer students than the Big Red. A nice combination of speed and size should keep the Faithful happy.
    Buzz: Keir Ross arrives from Texas, via Omaha, a bit under the radar, and that's just fine. Locke Jillson, another Texan, adds some needed speed.
    NHL: Sean Collins, #187 (Columbus) in 2008.

    7) Yale - Players, 7; Score, 66; Grade, C
  • Did a good job picking up players from the USHL.
    Buzz: Yale's on a roll with bringing in small scoring phenoms. Hmm, Brian O'Neill (5' 9", 165) finished 6th in scoring in the USHL.

    8) Brown - Players, 9; Score, 59; Grade, C-
  • Brings in a a nice group across the board..
    Buzz: Mike Clemente arrives from the USNTDP. Jack MacLellan's a playmaker who finished tied for third in scoring in the Alberta JHL.

    9) Princeton - Players, 4; Score, 53; Grade, D
  • The Tigers could afford to be selective, and they were.
    Buzz: Derrick Pallis was one of the top Prep setup players. He'll have lots of hungry Tigers to feed.

    10) Union - Players, 5; Score, 46; Grade, D-
  • Although they're light in number, they did a nice job in British Columbia.
    Buzz: Brian Yanovitch is a speedy player who doesn't quit and is fun to watch. Nolan Julseth-White should bolster the blueline.

    11) St. Lawrence - Players, 9; Score, 39; Grade, D-
  • Experience will not be an issue in Canton. The Saints bring in 5 '87s and 4 '88s.
    Buzz: Brandon Bollig, Jake Klancher, and Mark Armstrong bring size to the wings.

    12) Quinnipiac - Players, 11 Score, 32; Grade, D-
  • The Bobcats land the league's largest class.
    Buzz: From Spencer Heichman (5' 6", 160) to Mike Glaicar (6' 4", 215), the 'Cats bring in a bit of everything.

  • Note: For background on the rationale used in calculating these grades, take a look at 2007's final rankings.

    2007 ECAC Hockey

    Background: BRP's attempting to take a quasi-objective look at ECAC Hockey's incoming 2007 class. The process is pretty simple. Without going into too much detail, however, Central Scouting's list has been used to weigh the relative depth of various source leagues (junior, prep, and high school) and then players on Chris Heisenberg's list have been awarded bonus points (with the top half of each eligible league's list receiving more points than the lower half). Bonus points are additionally awarded for having been named to Central Scouting's watchlist or for having been drafted; there is also a minor deduction if one is dropped from the final list and has been previously awarded bonus points. Finally, bonus points have been (or will be) awarded for certain league-wide or conference-wide awards (MVP, ROTY, all-star teams, etc) -- though these are the smallest bonuses in use -- and for being named to INCH's top-positional players list. The goal is to calculate an average value per class (represented by each team's score) so that the effect of class size is somewhat mitigated.

    There were some late additions to a couple of classes so the number of players has increased since the post-draft list.

    ECAC Hockey

    1) Harvard - Players, 7; Score, 119; Grade, A+
  • A very talented class across the board. There's a lot to be excited about...if one's a Crimson fan.
    Buzz: Michael Biega (5' 11", 180), 1989-born forward, Salisbury Prep. It was a little surprising that Biega was bypassed during this year's draft.
    NHL: Matt McCollem, #154 (St. Louis) in 2006.

    2) Cornell - Players, 8; Score, 105; Grade A
  • Filled numerous roles with this class. A solid showing in British Columbia.
    Buzz: Riley Nash (6' 1", 175), 1989-born forward, Salmon Arm/BCHL. The top recruit in the ECAC this year.
    NHL: Riley Nash, #21 (Edmonton) in 2007.

    3t) Colgate - Players, 5; Score, 100; Grade, A
  • Class is probably as talented as Harvard's, just fewer of them.
    Buzz: Brian Day (6', 185), 1988-born forward, Governor Dummer Prep. Should make an impact early for the Raiders.
    NHL: Brian Day, #171 (New York Islanders) in 2006.

    3t) Dartmouth - Players, 9; Score, 100; Grade, A
  • Tied with Clarkson and RPI for the largest class. The Green did very, very, very well in Minnesota.
    Buzz: Joe Stejskal (6' 2", 190), 1988-born defenseman, Grand Rapids (MN) HS. One of three outstanding prospects from Minnesota.
    NHL: Joe Stejskal, #133 (Montreal) in 2007.

    5) RPI - Players, 9; Score, 84; Grade, B
  • Joins Clarkson and Dartmouth with the league's biggest class. The good news in Troy is that Seth Appert can recruit. The bad news is that he may be coaching in the WCHA or CCHA before his first class has graduated.
    Buzz: Bryan Brutlag (6' 1", 190), 1989-born defenseman, Holy Angels (MN) Academy. Tied for the most assists in Minnesota prep play this year.

    6t) Clarkson - Players, 9; Score, 82; Grade B
  • Added a couple of players late which gave them the largest class, along with Dartmouth and RPI. Clarkson did very well in Ontario.
    Buzz: Scott Freeman (5' 11", 180), 1988-born forward, Bowmanville/OPJHL. Leading scorer in the OPJHL and divisional MVP.
    NHL: Bryan Rufenach, #208 (Detroit) in 2007.

    6t) Princeton - Players, 7; Score, 82; Grade, B
  • Did a nice job in the USHL. Also landed a pair of defensemen from one of Alberta's top teams, Fort Saskatchewan.
    Buzz: Cam Ritchie (6', 190), 1987-born defenseman, Fort Saskatchewan/AJHL. Averaged nearly a point per game for the high-scoring Traders.

    8) Quinnipiac - Players, 6; Score, 67; Grade, C
  • Added a solid prep prospect late -- Sean Coughlin.
    Buzz: Zack Hansen (5' 10", 165), 1987-born defenseman, Sioux Falls/USHL. Was the first Minnesota high schooler selected in last summer's USHL draft. Small, but showed offensive potential in his rookie year.
    NHL: Pat McGann, #222 (Dallas) in 2005.

    9) Union - Players, 8; Score, 64; Grade, C
  • The league's oldest class should provide immediate help. Union also snagged ECAC Hockey's top incoming goalie.
    Buzz: Cory Milan (5' 10", 160), 1986-born goalie, Penticton/BCHL. Named the BCHL's top goalie.

    10) Yale - Players, 8; Score, 56; Grade, C-
  • This group will probably be more successful than any goofy ranking system could predict.
    Buzz: Broc Little (5' 9", 160), 1988-born forward, Cushing Prep. Runner-up for USHR Prep forward of the year.

    11) St. Lawrence - Players, 5; Score, 32; Grade, D-
  • The league's smallest class.
    Buzz: Nick Pitsikoulis (5' 9", 175), 1988-born forward, Westminster Prep. Has the potential to be a solid playmaker for the Saints.

    12) Brown - Players, 5; Score, 30; Grade, D-
  • 5 players from 4 different areas, only double-dipping in British Columbia.
    Buzz: David Brownschidle (6', 173), 1989-born forward, Tri-City/USHL. Solid, hard-working player whose contribution transcends the scoresheet.
  • October 11, 2008

    2008 INCH Recruiting Rankings

    Inside College Hockey has released its rankings of the top incoming players and classes for 2008-2009. RPI's Allen York is the ECAC's highest ranked recruit, coming in #3 on the goalies' list. Cornell did not have a student named to the list this year.

    Overall ECAC rankings:

    Top-20 Forwards:
    11, Alex Killorn, Harvard
    18, Brian O'Neil, Yale
    19, Austin Smith, Colgate

    Top-20 Defensemen:
    9, Mike Bergin, RPI
    10, Derrick Pallis, Princeton
    17, Mark Borowiecki, Clarkson
    18, Connor Goggin, Dartmouth

    Top-10 Goalies:
    3, Allen York, RPI
    10, Paul Karpowich, Clarkson

    Top-15 Classes:
    12, Clarkson
    14, RPI

    Total selections = 9
    (2) Clarkson and RPI
    (1) Colgate, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale

    Coming soon...BRP's final rankings.

    October 9, 2008

    This Week's Action

    Stouffville dropped a 6-3 decision to Hamilton on Monday. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    On Wednesday, Alberni Valley defeated Cowichan Valley, 4-3, in overtime. The Bulldogs potted two goals in the third period to tie the game, and then won it on Josh Pineiro's goal at 2:34 into the extra session. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Dogs.

    Alberni travels to Victoria on Friday.

    On Thursday, Stouffville kept battling back but couldn't catch Toronto, falling 5-4 to the Jr. Canadiens. Jarred Seymour had two assists for the Spirit.

    Stouffville will visit Newmarket on Sunday.

    October 5, 2008

    Weekend Update

    On Thursday, St. Michael's scored the game's final five goals to defeat Stouffville, 7-3. Nick D'Agosino picked up a helper for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell continued to be out of action. Jarred Seymour did not score for the Spirit.

    On Friday, the two teams met again and St. Mike's pulled out a 5-4 win. Nick D'Agostino score the tying goal with 6 seconds remaining in the game to send it into overtime. Ater a scoreless extra period, the Buzzers won the game during the shootout phase. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville and Erik Axell sat out for St. Michael's.

    Nick picked up the game's 3rd-Star for his effort.

    Stouffville will visit Hamilton on Monday; St. Mike's will travel to Markham on Friday.

    Also on Friday, Oakville defeated Milton, 6-3. Braden Birch picked up two assists for the Blades, including a helper on the game-winning goal.

    On Saturday, Braden Birch scored a goal to help the Blades nip Brampton, 6-5.

    Oakville will host Georgetown on Friday.

    In British Columbia, Alberni Valley dropped its two games this weekend. The Bulldogs fell to Langley, 4-1, on Friday, and then dropped a 5-3 decision to Victoria on Saturday. Chris Moulson picked up an assist in each game for Alberni.

    The Dogs will head to Cowichan Valley on Wednesday.

    October 1, 2008

    Summer Poll Recap

    It's a Green Day...October is here and another hockey season is wiping the sleep from its eyes.

    This summer, BRP asked who's the "early pick to win the ECACHL in 2008-2009?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 36% -- Cornell
  • 25% -- Harvard
  • 14% -- Princeton
  • 12% -- Clarkson
  • 4% -- Union
  • 2% -- Colgate
  • 2% -- St. Lawrence
  • 1% -- Yale
  • 1% -- Dartmouth
  • 1% -- Quinnipiac
  • 1% -- Brown
  • 1% -- RPI

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.