June 27, 2009
NHL.com Feature on Chiasson
MONTREAL - Rising sophomore goaltender Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alta.) of the national champion Boston University men's ice hockey team was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round (124th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft on Saturday at the Bell Centre. Two incoming freshman forwards were also selected on the second day of the draft, as Alex Chiasson was a second-round selection (38th) by the Dallas Stars and Wade Megan was taken by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round (138th).
Millan, who went 29-2-3 between the pipes last season to post a nation-best .897 winning percentage, was the 10th goaltender selected in this year's draft and the second among collegiate players despite being ranked the 17th-best North American netminder by the NHL's Central Scouting Service. He was named the 2009 HCA National Rookie of the Year in addition to earning top rookie honors in New England and Hockey East.
The selection of Millan continues the Avalanche's recent trend of drafting Terriers, as Colorado has the draft rights of three players -- Colby Cohen, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brandon Yip -- on last year's national championship team. The Avalanche, formerly the Quebec Nordiques, have now drafted 12 BU players, the most of any NHL franchise.
In addition, two former Terriers are the Colorado organization's top head coaches, as Joe Sacco was recently named to the head post at Colorado after serving as the bench boss of the team's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. David Quinn, who served as BU's associate head coach for the past five seasons, was named Sacco's replacement at Lake Erie earlier this week.
Chiasson, a St. Augustin, Quebec, native who earned USHL All-Rookie Team honors last season with the Des Moines Buccaneers, was the sixth collegiate forward selected in this year's draft. He recorded a team-high 50 points on 17 goals and 33 assists. Chiasson is the first BU player to be drafted by Dallas since Scott Perry in 1998.
Having recently completed a standout prep career at South Kent School, Megan is just the second Terrier to be drafted by Florida, joining Joe DiPenta. The Canton, N.Y., native was named to the NEPSIHA Prep-West First Team after tallying 63 points (27g, 36a) in 32 contests last season.