By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Junior defenseman and captain Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to sign with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche within the next week, according to BU coach Jack Parker.
Shattenkirk finished this season with career highs in assists (22) and points (29). Those totals were good for second and fifth, respectively, on the team. However, Shattenkirk's defense regressed. Last season, he placed second in the country with a plus-28 rating, but that number dropped to minus-2 this season.
Shattenkirk finishes his BU career with 18 goals and 60 assists for 78 points. He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2007-08 and the Hockey East Second Team and East Second Team All-America in 2008-09. He was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by Colorado in the 2007 NHL draft.
The Colby Cohen Dilemma
Parker said that junior defenseman Colby Cohen will "probably" sign with the Avalanche as well, but that there's a chance he'll return for his senior season "because of his hip and because of other things that play into his signing."
Cohen had surgery on his hip last summer, but it bothered him throughout the season. He went home for a shot to help ease the pain in November, and although that helped for a little while, the pain came back in the second half.
"It really bothered him the last month," Parker said. "I don’t think he’s going to need surgery for it, but we don’t know that for sure. What should’ve happened is we should’ve kept him out longer, and maybe it would’ve healed better. He felt so good in September, and he wanted to get back in the lineup. We should’ve been much more cautious.
"It was all too good. It held up for a while, but then it started to go downhill. If we held him out until November or something, it might’ve been completely healed, and it might not have been re-aggravated."
If Cohen, who was drafted in the second round (45th overall) by Colorado in 2007, does leave, BU would be left with just six defensemen on the roster for next season.
"We weren’t quite sure we’d lose both Shattenkirk and Cohen," Parker said. "We have a contingency plan for one, but if we lose both, we’re still looking to figure out how we’re going to do that. We have a couple guys on the line that we can get that are good players. It’s not as if we’ll be left holding the bag if Colby leaves."
One possibility would be bumping Alexx Privitera, a 2011 defense recruit, up to 2010, but that isn't very likely considering that he won't turn 18 until January. There are no age restrictions regarding incoming freshmen, but Privitera would have to complete his remaining high-school work and SATs this summer.
Cohen finished this season second on the Terriers with 14 goals and tied for third with 30 points. His awards include Hockey East First Team honors this season and Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player honors last season after he scored the national championship-winning goal.
Yasin Cisse not coming next season
Forward Yasin Cisse will be coming to BU in 2011, not 2010 as originally planned, because of an ankle injury, Parker said. Cisse recorded 13 goals and 19 points in 18 games this season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL before having his season ended when an opponent's skate blade cut his ankle.
"We want to make sure that he’s completely healthy," Parker said. "We don’t want him to rehab it here and lose half a year here, so it was a pretty easy decision."
Forward Charlie Coyle, who was originally scheduled to come in 2011, is expected to come in 2010 instead.
Parker expects to land a goalie for 2011
With backup goalie Adam Kraus set to graduate after next season, Parker said he expects to bring in at least one goalie for 2011. Netminders Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser would both be seniors then.
"We have a couple guys we’re talking to already," Parker said. "We have a long list of guys we kind of have to sift through. Starting in August, we’ll probably have a better idea of the two guys we’re really going to hone in on."
Players won't get to pick next year's captains
After being disappointed with his team's attitude and leadership both on and off the ice all season, Parker said the players will not get to choose next year's captains like they usually do.
"It doesn’t mean that next year’s team won’t pick the captains for the year after, or the two of us might do it together," Parker said. "This year’s team usually votes for next year’s captains, but that’s not going to happen this year."
The captains for the next season are usually announced at the Friends of Hockey Banquet in April, but Parker said that might not happen this year.