Boston Hockey in the News

DU's Boston foes, BC and BU were in the news this week. BC had a major defection and BU took it on the chin last night against UConn.

Jeremy Bracco, freshman forward with Boston College, has left the team. He had 3 assists and played in all 5 games. Bracco was a critical piece in what many consider the best incoming freshman class in collegiate hockey. He left for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. Coming out of the recent Colorado College series, the Boston College Hockey Blog said of Bracco, "Jeremy Bracco was off the charts good. He's like a magician with the puck, it's incredible to watch." Now you see him - now you don't.

DU faced similar experiences with highly touted recruits that stopped at DU for a cup of coffee. The plan at DU now is to sprinkle in top-end prospects with 4-year skill and character players. You can appreciate someone taking advantage of opportunities but leaving your teammates  during the season?

Last night, #7/8 Boston University Terriers dropped a 5-2 decision to UConn at the XL Center in Hartford. After successfully stopping opponents’ last 12 man-advantages, the wheels came off BU’s penalty kill, as the Huskies connected for four power play goals—three by freshman Tage Thompson.


miller said...

As far as I am concerned, I'll take the Gabe Levins, Luke Salazars, Danny Doreums' of the world over the one or two years and done. Guys like Jason Zucker and Beau Bennett were always looking ahead in their careers rather than focusing on the task at hand.

5BWest said...

Couldn't agree more. And this is happening more often at BC now because they can get the top pro prospects.

Anonymous said...

You really can't blame a highly-drafted player for looking ahead. These players have been special for a long time, and they are used to immediate success wherever they play. When success doesn't always happen for them, it can lead to lots of second-guessing, pressure from different sources and impatience.

At the same time, teams filled by committed pluggers don't often win NCAA titles. Most teams need a drafted game-breaker or two in order to lift their team.