Busy Offseason In Bostonby Gary Graves | September 28, 2018, 4:05 PM ET
Well it has been a crazy couple of weeks in Beantown! Leading up to expansion and during expansion week, GM Graves had fielded a number of calls and had offers thrown at him left and right. Even up to a few hours before the draft, the franchise had gone through a bit of an overhaul. Covering this team can be near a full time job sometimes!
Sometimes I think the team has a “go big or go home” policy!
Well it seems as if Logan International Airport has been extremely busy lately with players coming and going like rapid fire. Roster players Logan Couture, Jacob Silfverberg, David Perron, and David Pastrnak have been shipped out and Pekka Rinne, Mikael Backlund, Ryan Spooner, Thomas Vanek, Greg Pateryn, Riley Smith and Charlie Coyle are on their way into Boston.
On the acquisition of Rinne, Coach Boucher was ecstatic saying “In net, we have one of the best 1-2 punches, if not the best in the entire SICHL!”
Boucher also added “With all acquisitions, we are a deeper all-round club. We will miss guys like Pasta and Cootch (Couture) and wish them all well on their new teams.”
The Colonials also made a deal with the expansion Grunge picking up Michael Stone for a 2nd round pick.
Speaking of expansion, the Grunge selected Justin Falk (not to be confused with that Justin Faulk) who spent last season playing for the GHA Patriots and would have seen limited action at the SICHL level with the Colonials this season. We wish Falk all the best in Seattle!
As part of deals with the Havana Revolution and Fredericton Express, the Colonials snagged two 1st round picks which gave them pick #6 and pick #24 to set the stage for the SICHL Entry Draft.
Boqvist is an excellent skater who has slick puckhandling skills, poise and vision and has drawn praise from peers and had comparisons to Erik Karlsson. He was also considered by some to be the second best defensemen in the draft.
Foudy’s stock rose during the second half of last season when he his ice time increased after some regulars were traded. Foudy exploded for 40 points in his last 65 games played. His speed has drawn comparison to Alex Formenton, however Foudy is believed to have more skill and poise with the puck. That alone was enough for Boston Director of Pro Scouting, Mark Kelley to make sure Foudy was selected at pick 24.
In other draft news, the Colonials added the following players between round 4-7:
99 G Alexis Gravel – Has the frame to be a pro goalie and stands tall in net. Gravel is a strong skater, agile and has a strong glove hand. While numbers with Halifax haven’t been solid, he has the tools to become a big leaguer down the road.
108 Curtis Douglas – Gigantic (6’ 8”) centre who is a bit of a late bloomer. Displays good vision and pretty good passing skills. With a long reach, Douglas protects the puck well, has decent offensive instincts, and has good hands in close. A long term development project.
126 Joel Hofer – Won a WHL championship as a backup and should take over the starting role for the Swift Current Broncos this season. Anticipates well and reacts quickly. Hofer is cool under pressure and uses size and positioning well in the crease. Still very raw and will need to develop his game.
140 Wyatte Wylie – Off the radar guy early last season but shot up the rankings by the end. Reliable shutdown defenseman who did well in the playoffs. Has good awareness in the D zone, good passer and great work ethic.
182 Declan Chisholm – Smooth skating, two way defender with high hockey IQ. Chisholm was named the Petes best defenseman last year
191 Mathias Laferriere – Ranked 130th among NA Skaters. Good hockey sense with skill and skating ability who lacks consistency. He has talent and could work out has he fills out physically in time. Put up 41 points in 67 GP last year with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
202 Radim Salda – Left handed defender from the Sea Dogs in the QMJHL. Athletic, above average mobility and active on the ice. Good on the PP and has a good point shot. Biggest issue is decision making. Put up 41 points in 62GP.
Deep thoughts by GM Graves
GM Graves on the flurry of deals and draft “First round exits year after year are unacceptable. Players have to be accountable and no one is untouchable. We feel we will be a deeper hockey club this season and have secured some solid talent via the draft picks we acquired. Hats off to Mark Kelley and the rest of the scouting staff!”
The GHA Patriots will have some new faces this year with players in the system signing ELCs. Expected to join the club:
RW Daniel Sprong – After spending last year with the Charlottetown Islanders in the Q, Daniel is ready to resume his path to the show. As a quality scoring winger, he will play a top 6 role with the Pats and should see a lot of powerplay time. 1-2 years from impact at the top level.
Victor Mete – Offensive Dman with upside – Mete will most likely fill a top pair role with the Pats and is expected to QB the second PP unit. Not quite ready for primetime.
Nicolas Meloche – 2 way defender with upside. Will play the year with the Pats and is probably 2-4 years out from a job with the big club.
Connor Clifton – Most likely a career GHA’er. Connor will help the Pats D core.