Aug. 12, 2009
BOSTON - The national champion Boston University men’s ice hockey program will welcome seven newcomers to its 2009-10 roster, head coach Jack Parker announced today. Forwards Alex Chiasson (St. Augustin, Que.), Justin Courtnall (Victoria, B.C.), Wade Megan (Canton, N.Y.) and Ryan Santana (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and defensemen Sean Escobedo (Bayside, N.Y), Max Nicastro (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Ben Rosen (Syosset, N.Y.) will join the Terriers as they attempt to defend their NCAA crown.
Four of the incoming freshmen have been selected in the NHL Entry Draft: Courtnall in 2007 (Tampa Bay); Nicastro in 2008 (Detroit); and Chiasson (Dallas) and Megan (Florida), who were both picked in this year’s draft.
BU enters the 2009-10 season with a 26-man roster, as 19 of the 27 players from last year will return. The 2008-09 squad had six seniors that graduated, while both junior Brian Strait and sophomore Colin Wilson left early to join the professional ranks.
“We lost a very strong group of eight players from last year’s squad, including a lot of offense, but I really like how our incoming group fills that gap,” said Parker. “The three defenseman recruits are as good, if not better, than the three that we lost when they were freshmen, and the four forwards all have the talent to find a spot in our lineup.”
F • 6-3 • 190 • St. Augustin, Que. • Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Tallied a team-high 50 points (17g, 33a) in 56 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL in 2008-09 ... Chosen for the 2009 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game ... Played for the Northwood School in Lake Placid during the 2007-08 season ... Selected in the second round (38th overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Parker on Chiasson: “Very talented right-shot forward. Probably the top prospect in our freshman class. His size, strength, puck handling and hockey vision will allow him to be an impact player for us up front like Nicastro will be on defense, probably a little more so because he’ll get a chance to play more on the power play.”
F • 6-3 • 197 • Victoria, B.C. • Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
Has played in the BCHL for the past three seasons, including the past two with his hometown Victoria Grizzlies ... Led Victoria in scoring in 2008-09 with 63 points (22g, 41a) after finishing second on squad in 2007-08 with a 19-32--51 line ... Son of former NHL standout Geoff Courtnall ... Selected in the seventh round (210th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Parker on Courtnall: “Strong, big, physical left wing that can really skate around the rink. Has offensive skills but we really recruited him to be a guy that gives us a physical presence. He’s a presence-and-tempo kind of guy and I think he’ll make a great impact for us that way.”
D • 6-0 • 187 • Bayside, N.Y. • Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Split the 2008-09 USHL season with Sioux Falls and Tri-City, tallying 17 points (all assists) in 59 games ... Spent two seasons (2006-08) with New York Apple Core of the EJHL ... Selected for 2008 EJHL All-Star Game ... Ranked 154th among North American skaters by NHL’s Central Scouting Service in 2009 ... His brother, Brian, was a defenseman at Bowling Green from 2000-04.
Parker on Escobedo: “We’ve replaced a left-shot, strong defenseman in Strait with Escobedo and I think people will think of him as that type of player. A stay-at-home, physical defenseman.”
F • 6-1 • 185 • Canton, N.Y. • South Kent School
Tallied 106 points (51g, 65a) in two seasons at South Kent School ... Led New England preps in scoring last year with 63 points (27g, 36a) ... Named to 2009 NEPSIHA Prep-West First Team ... Also played for the Neponset Valley River Rats of the Massachusetts U-18 Select League ... Selected in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft ... His father, Ron, played at Bowling Green from 1979-81.
Parker on Megan: “Very clever left-shot forward, can handle the puck and score goals. Will probably be one of the two, along with Chiasson, freshman forwards whom we expect to make the biggest impact. He is Nick Bonino-ish in his ability to move around people and control pucks.”
D • 6-2 • 185 • Thousand Oaks, Calif. • Chicago Steel (USHL)
Spent past two seasons with Chicago Steel of USHL after playing for the AAA Los Angeles Jr. Kings ... Recorded 31 points (9g, 22a) in 2008-09 after putting up 20 (6g, 14a) the year before ... Played in the 2009 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game ... Won gold medals with Team USA at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge and with U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the 2006 Three Nations Tournament ... Selected in the third round (91st overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Parker on Nicastro: “Big, strong, real good skater, great shot. Obviously we lose a great right-shot offensive defenseman in Matt Gilroy and we need somebody to take his spot. We’re very confident that Max will be able to step into that spot and help us right off the bat.”
D • 5-11 • 195 • Syosset, N.Y. • South Shore Kings (EJHL)
Led all EJHL defenseman in scoring last season with a team-best 10-42--52 line in 45 games with the South Shore Kings ... Selected to participate in the 2009 EJHL All-Star Game ... Tallied 31 points for South Shore in 2007-08 with current BU sophomore Kevin Gilroy as his teammate ... Spent the 2006-07 season with Des Moines of the USHL after playing for both Green Bay and Omaha the previous season.
Parker on Rosen: “Right-shot defenseman, good skater, strong guy. He’ll really give us a lot of depth on defense and could break into the lineup and be a force right off the bat.”
F • 6-1 • 190 • Yorba Linda, Calif. • Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
Tallied 25 points (12g, 13a) for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL last season to help them claim the 2009 RBC Cup title ... Spent 2007-08 in USHL with Des Moines, putting up 36 points on 10 goals and 26 assists ... Was a member of the California Wave Hockey Club along with fellow incoming freshman Max Nicastro.
Parker on Santana: “Clever and quick right-shot forward. He’s going to be a guy that could step in and play on any line because he has a lot of tools to fill in with good players but also to be a tempo type of player as well.”