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    Shattenkirk and Cohen Update:Both signed to entry level deals

    Junior defenseman and captain Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to sign with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche within the next week, according to BU coach Jack Parker.

    Shattenkirk finished this season with career highs in assists (22) and points (29). Those totals were good for second and fifth, respectively, on the team. However, Shattenkirk's defense regressed. Last season, he placed second in the country with a plus-28 rating, but that number dropped to minus-2 this season.

    Shattenkirk finishes his BU career with 18 goals and 60 assists for 78 points. He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2007-08 and the Hockey East Second Team and East Second Team All-America in 2008-09. He was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by Colorado in the 2007 NHL draft.

    The Colby Cohen Dilemma

    Parker said that junior defenseman Colby Cohen will "probably" sign with the Avalanche as well, but that there's a chance he'll return for his senior season "because of his hip and because of other things that play into his signing."

    Cohen had surgery on his hip last summer, but it bothered him throughout the season. He went home for a shot to help ease the pain in November, and although that helped for a little while, the pain came back in the second half.

    "It really bothered him the last month," Parker said. "I don’t think he’s going to need surgery for it, but we don’t know that for sure. What should’ve happened is we should’ve kept him out longer, and maybe it would’ve healed better. He felt so good in September, and he wanted to get back in the lineup. We should’ve been much more cautious.

    "It was all too good. It held up for a while, but then it started to go downhill. If we held him out until November or something, it might’ve been completely healed, and it might not have been re-aggravated."

    If Cohen, who was drafted in the second round (45th overall) by Colorado in 2007, does leave, BU would be left with just six defensemen on the roster for next season.

    "We weren’t quite sure we’d lose both Shattenkirk and Cohen," Parker said. "We have a contingency plan for one, but if we lose both, we’re still looking to figure out how we’re going to do that. We have a couple guys on the line that we can get that are good players. It’s not as if we’ll be left holding the bag if Colby leaves."

    One possibility would be bumping Alexx Privitera, a 2011 defense recruit, up to 2010, but that isn't very likely considering that he won't turn 18 until January. There are no age restrictions regarding incoming freshmen, but Privitera would have to complete his remaining high-school work and SATs this summer.

    Cohen finished this season second on the Terriers with 14 goals and tied for third with 30 points. His awards include Hockey East First Team honors this season and Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player honors last season after he scored the national championship-winning goal.
    http://thebostonhockeyblog.blogspot....attenkirk.html



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    It came about two weeks too late for the Lake Erie Monsters but the Avs announced the signings of Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen.

    Both have signed entry level deals and will report to the Monsters.

    Shattenkirk is in the mold of a Brian Rafalski. He uses his stick to get the puck out of the corners and off the sticks of players. He is an excellent passer with an above-average shot and good speed. He'll need to work on his defensive positioning and add about 10-15 pounds of bulk onto him. He'll also need to adjust to the AHL/NHL speed of everything.

    Chances of making club next year: 60-70%. The fact that he's right-handed increases his percentage

    Cohen on the other hand is an offensive defensman that can be compared to Ryan Suter. At 6'2 200, he's already got the basic NHL size. He'll need to increase his footspeed and get better on defense. However, he probably has a harder shot than Peter Mueller and is able to lay hits on people.

    Chances of making Avs next year: 45-50% He'll need to have a strong camp to make the club.

    Both players are the beginning of the defensive overhaul. Given that the Avs have already signed Zach Cohen, Mark Olver and Mike Carmen, the Avs look to be getting the next phase of their rebuild underway. Part of this will be filling Lake Erie with the Avs prospects and letting them grow.

    The Avs should also sign Stefan Elliot and Tyson Barrie, just because they'll be able to send them back to junior if they can't make the club.

    Look for at least two, maybe as many as three, defensive prospects to make the Avs out of camp next year. Clark, Salei and Foote probably leave, Foote retiring of course, and maybe one of Hannan or Liles traded to allow the Avs to get younger defensemen who can match the forward's speed.
    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Aaron...last/122/27416



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    I like it, hopefully they can replace these old guys that are really sucking it up. Salei needs to be gone.

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    just think in a few years our d could look like(in no order)

    wilson-cumiskey
    elliot-Shattenkirk
    Cohen-Barrie
    Gaunce-Quincey
    Holos-Chouinard



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