By: Jake Reiser
As an elite Division 1 hockey program, Boston University consistently sends amazing players to the big show, the National Hockey League. Which former Terriers are at the top?
In his first NHL season after spending one year at BU, Eichel is already making the strides everyone predicted he would. With six goals and three assists, he’s one of the top rookie scorers in the NHL. Dazzling highlights of holding pucks into the zone and going from coast to coast to score, his skills that we saw at Agganis Arena are transferring to his time in Buffalo so far.
Coyle spent one and a half years playing on Comm Ave, and only now is he getting his time in the NHL. Drafted by the Sharks but traded that day to the Minnesota Wild for Brent Burns and Devin Setoguchi, Coyle has developed into a solid second line left-winger. While he may not have the best scoring touch, his physical style of play and big body make him a force to be reckoned with on a line with Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund.
Of BU defenseman to make the NHL, Shattenkirk is easily the most elite. Drafted 14th overall in 2007 and spending three seasons at BU, he’s made a tremendous impact in St. Louis. In his last two seasons he’s put up more than 40 points and represented the United States of America at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Despite a nagging groin injury, Shattenkirk has made it back to the ice recently and continue to help the Blues in the fight for the playoffs.
After three seasons playing for the Terriers, Nieto made his NHL debut in 2013 with the San Jose Sharks. He provides much depth to their imposing forward line-up. Like Coyle, his point production is far from that of Eichel and Shattenkirk, but he provides veteran leadership to his fourth line teammates, like Michael Haley. While he may not light the lamp, he is still valuable to the San Jose organization.
With two seasons under his belt in BU’s scarlet and white, Wilson graduated to the navy-and-gold of the Nashville Predators, and has been a consistent 30-point producer. Aside from two seasons, Wilson has had a tremendously successful NHL career so far. With linemates Cody Hodgson and Calle Jarnkrok, he bolsters the Preds’ scoring touch throughout the line-up. As a major player in Nashville’s playoff appearances of late, he rounds out a list of many successful NHLers coming out of Boston University.
Other Terriers in the NHL:
Nick Bonino (PIT)
Adam Clendenning (PIT)
Alex Chiasson (OTT)
Eric Gryba (EDM)
Brian Strait (NYI)
Terriers in Europe:
Brandon Yip (Adler Mannheim, Germany)
Matt Gilroy (Spartak Moscow, Russia)
David Van der Gulik (Dusseldorfer EG, Germany)
Chris Higgins (Belfast Giants, Northern Ireland)