There were several Hockey East Commitments of significance in the past week or so to report on. Coach Jim Madigan and Northeastern Huskies continues to stockpile talent as they added some depth to the defensive corps with a commitment from Dustin Darou. This is the 2nd recruit out of the CCHL for Northeastern who already have high scoring, Gloucester Rangers F Michael McMurty in the fold.
NU blog Mad Doghouse had this to offer out in regards to Dustin Darou:
“Northeastern also added a ’91 Birthdate defenseman from the CCHL for next year, Dustin Darou. He played for the All-star game for the CCHL, and looks like a solid defenseman in a lower league, a la Dan Cornell. I think he’ll likely be a depth guy, and a possible hedge against early signings by someone like Bitetto or Eibler.”
Providence was busy rounding out their future roster spots this past week as they received commitments from D John Gilmour (Cedar Rapids-USHL) and F Kevin Rooney (Berkshire School – NE Prep). PC has already plucked Nick Saracino from Cedar Rapids so Gilmour will have a familiar face when he takes the ice at Schneider Arena. The 19 year old Rooney is a product of the New England Prep School League where he has posted solid 12 G 14A 26 PT numbers in 25 games.
USHL.com had this to say about Gilmour:
“The 18-year-old defenseman has collected 13 points (5g, 8a) in 41 games during his first USHL season. In just his third game in the League, he scored his first USHL goal and earned a plus-five rating in the 10-2 win vs. Sioux City on October 14th, 2011. The Montreal, Quebec also recorded a two-goal game in the 7-2 victory over rival Dubuque on January 20th.”
It appears that not all prominent Boston area skaters are beguiled by the influence of the Beanpot. Maine has had ample success recruiting in hostile territory in recent months (have a few Minnesota skaters signed, sealed and delivered) and Tim Whitehead has lured Nick Roberto (Wakefield MA, Kimball Union) of Malden Catholic fame to Orono. In a recent article in the Maine Hockey Journal, Roberto cited several key reasons why Maine, and not another HE school, was best suited for him.
“When I was growing up I just fell in love with the colors,” said Roberto. “When I finally went to a game, the fans were incredible. The coaching staff was good to me. I liked how they develop players to be NHL players and I think that’s key.”
“It was fun knowing you have schools looking at you,” he said. “It’s a dream to play to play college hockey. When I had to make my decision, it was stressful, I was losing sleep, but I am glad I made the decision to go to the University of Maine.”