After a tumultuous first season of the David Quinn era at Boston University, there was bound to be plenty of roster turnover. With a large recruiting class coming in it was expected that there would be some players from the 2013-14 team that wouldn't be returning.
Freshman forward Brendan Collier and redshirt sophomore defenseman J.D. Carrabino have been cut from the roster, according to multiple sources.
Collier, a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick out of Malden Catholic High School and the Valley Jr. Warriors (EJHL), appeared in 28 games as a rookie, potting a goal and adding three assists.
He played on one of the most feared lines in Massachusetts high school hockey in recent memory, alongside Boston College freshman Ryan Fitzgerald and Union freshman Mike Vecchione. A Charlestown, Mass. native, he played for former Merrimack head coach Chris Serino at Malden Catholic.
A seventh round selection in the 2012 draft, it is assumed Collier will transfer to another school where he will have to sit out the 2014-15 season before having three years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2015-16 season.
Carrabino, a transfer from Clarkson, played in just three games over two seasons in Potsdam, including sitting out the entire 2011-12 season. A New Caanan, Conn. native, Carrabino played prep hockey at Millbrook School before taking his game to the USHL and EJHL for two seasons.
Carrabino will likely transfer to a Division III school where he will be eligible to play immediately. Several Division III schools in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts have already been in contact with the six-foot-six behemoth on the blue line.
The Terriers announced a seven-person incoming class and three walk-ons are supposed to be added to the mix. Jack Eichel of the US National Development Program (USNTDP) is widely considered one of the best American-born prospects in years. A likely top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Chelmsford, Mass. native is the prize of the 2014 BU recruiting class.
Defensemen Jonathan MacLeod and Brandon Hickey are two BU recruits that are expected to hear their names called in the second or third rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Former Terrier and LA Kings scout Steve Greeley has done a terrific job hitting the recruiting trail running in his first season as a college assistant. The South Boston native will be joined by another terrific recruiter and former Terrier in Albie O'Connell who has joined Quinn's staff, coming over from Harvard.