The Youngstown Phantoms have added Boston University freshman forward Brendan Collier to their roster. The USHL franchise made the move in case Collier, a Charlestown, Mass. native who played high school hockey at Malden Catholic, decided to leave the Terriers due to a lack of playing time.
Collier, a seventh round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2012 NHL Draft, has played in 11 games for BU, but hasn't seen as big of a role as he might have expected. He has been a healthy scratch for six games and has only one assist, a helper in a 1-1 tie against Merrimack on Dec. 7.
Sophomore forward Sam Kurker was added to the Indiana Ice roster earlier in the month, but there has been no indication the Reading, Mass. native will leave Commonwealth Ave. The former St. John's Prep standout has played in just nine of the team's 17 games, registering a goal. Kurker is a second round selection of the St. Louis Blues.
The practice of a USHL team adding a highly regarded prospect who is seeing limited ice time isn't uncommon. The Sioux City Musketeers added Maine freshman Zach Glienke earlier in the year, but have since dropped him from their active roster.
Boston University, under the direction of first year head coach David Quinn, is off until Jan. 4 when the team travels to face Harvard in a nonconference matchup. The Terriers are coming off a disappointing 4-1 home loss against Bentley. BU will head into the second half with a 7-8-2 overall record and a 2-4-1 mark in conference action.
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