Friday, August 7, 2015

Piccinich, Szmatula, Murphy on Move

The summer movement of NCAA players continues.

Earlier this week, reported that rising freshman forward J.J. Piccinich is leaving Boston University to join the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Piccinich, who tallied a goal and four points in 25 games last season for the Terriers, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He hails from Paramus, N.J. and previously played with Youngstown of the United States Hockey League, with whom he posted 58 points in 60 games in 2013-14.

Elsewhere in Hockey East, Northeastern rising sophomore forward Mike Szmatula has transferred to Minnesota and will join the Golden Gophers for the 2016-17 campaign after sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA regulations. Szmatula, who tallied 28-40—68 points in two years at Northeastern and was a member of the 2013-14 Hockey East All-Rookie Team , had announced on Twitter in June that he was leaving the Huskies. A native of Commerce, Mich., he won the Clark Cup with Dubuque (USHL) prior to enrolling at Northeastern.

Out west, North Dakota rising junior forward Wade Murphy last week transferred to Arizona State’s nascent program and will be eligible to skate with t Sun Devils in 2016-17. A seventh-round selection of the Nashville Predators in 2013, he recorded four assists in 35 games with UND after playing junior “A” hockey with Penticton.

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