BU Hockey Recruiting Class for 2016-2017 One of the Best

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Written by Marisa Ingemi

By Marisa Ingemi
BU News Service

The Boston University hockey season ended in disappointment with a first round playoff exit to the University of Denver. While Hockey East rivals such as Boston College and Northeastern saw more success this season, the Terriers have impressive new talent set to make their debuts next season.

Patrick Curry

Curry, a 20 year old left wing, has been playing in the United States Hockey League with the Bloomington Thunder. In 60 games this season, the left handed shooter has put up 33 points and an astounding 76 penalty minutes. Last season he had 79 in 55 games played. Curry is a physical force, and since he is older than most incoming freshmen, will add a veteran presence.

Dante Fabbro

Fabbro has broken out this season in the British Columbia Hockey League with 67 points in 45 games for the Penticton Vees. In 2015, he also played for Team Canada in the World Junior A Challenge. Fabbro, 17 years old, is defenseman who can carry the puck, and could help replace the loss of captain Matt Grzelcyk. He might fit on a pairing with Charlie McAvoy, a like-minded player.

Chad Krys

A member of the USA U18 team, Krys is one of the top prospects in the nation who committed to play for BU. The 5’11 lefty defenseman played in seven games for USA in the World Junior Championships, and has also seen time with the U17 team. Krys was also a member of the gold-medal winning USA U18 team at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Jake Oettinger

Oettinger is a goalie for the USA U18 team. He played two games last season to a 1.5o goals against average, and had a 2.57 GAA with the U17 team last season. The Minnesota native would be projected to be the third string goalie on the BU roster with Sean Maguire graduating.

Patrick Harper

A center, Harper is a member of the Avon Old Farms Prep School Winged Beavers where he has 59 points in 27 games. He also played 13 games with Neponset where he had 32 points, and had one point in four games with the USA U17 team last season.

Kieffer Bellows

The left winger has also been a member of the USHL, playing with Sioux Falls where he had 52 points in 58 games in 2014-2015. Bellows has played with the USA U18 team in 2016, with five points in four games. Bellows is a power forward, and is a player similar to Jordan Greenway with winning puck battles and being solid on the forecheck.

Johnny McDermott

The Westminster Prep School Martlets star put up 36 points in 25 games in 2016, and the big 6’1 forward has improved in each season he has played of prep school hockey. The Connecticut native also had one point in two games with the Tri City Storm of the USHL.

Clayton Keller

A member of the United States U18 team, Keller will see his next action shortly as the team prepares for games against Russia and Sweden this weekend. Keller scored 59 points in 45 games for the USA U17 team in 2015, and had 23 points in 16 games with the U18 team. The lefty center could be a top six forward for BU next season.

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