July 26, 2005
NHL Draft Preview Schedule
By Kevin Armstrong
BOSTON - They are the new B's of Boston, playing more hockey than the professional Bruins in the past year. They entered the Hub in an off year for the NHL and introduced themselves to the hockey community. One exploded. The other played smoothly and learned quickly alongside his veteran position mate. Both got the attention of the newly unlocked NHL.
They are Mike Brennan and Dan Bertram. Brennan, a 5-foot-11-inch, 190-pound defenseman from Smithtown, N.Y. and Bertram, a 5-foot-11-inch, 175-pound forward from Calgary both have put themselves in position on the boards - the draft boards that is.
"Danny came in (this season) with five goals right off the bat, and he was slowed a little with a few bang-ups after that," says Boston College associate coach Mike Cavanaugh. "But he is probably going to go early, in the first or second rounds.
"And Mike will go, too. He's been working hard over the summer, getting bigger and stronger. We will be looking forward to this year."
Brennan played in all 40 games last year and Bertram missed only two. After starting off the year with five goals in as many games, some saw the second coming of the No. 22 sweater. But Bertram cooled off, and rounded out the campaign with nine goals total and eight assists. Brennan netted two goals and assisted on six other BC scores.
Cavanaugh has been keeping in contact with his guys over the summer and busy on the recruiting trail, as usual.
"The name BC attracts the best players, and who we go after depends on the year," says Brennan. "Sometimes we will need defense. Others we will need offense. We're happy with this year's crop, too."
Last year's crop includes Brennan, brought in from Pioneer in Michigan via the United States National Team Development Plan. Growing into his role as a freshman last season, Brennan says the company of Andrew Alberts, who has since graduated and started playing for the Providence Bruins this past spring, made all the difference in his development.
"He's one of a kind. I learned so much from him. Being a bit nervous coming in as a frosh, he taught me work ethic and was really great," said Brennan, who has been working out in Long Island with other college players and a few New York Islanders.
Sticking to the BC weight lifting schedule, Brennan and Bertram have been getting bigger with their Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday lift routines.
"I just got back from seeing Danny in Calgary. He's looking good," said Cavanaugh.
The draft winds swirling around Brennan and Bertram are not the only ones for Kelley Rink skaters this year. Eagles center Matt Greene came on strong down the stretch and cracked the NHL Central Scouting Service's final rankings, and the Eagles' incoming freshman class has attracted its share of attention as well.
Among the Eagles' recruits are New England Junior Falcons defenseman Timothy Kunes (ranked 48th among North American skaters in the final CSS rankings), Governor Dummer Academy forward Benn Ferriero (79th), Phillips Andover Academy forward Kyle Kucharski (111th) and Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Tim Filangieri (183rd).
"We'll expect this class to get accustomed to the BC ways and we should be able to keep things going in the fall," said Cavanaugh.
Those newest additions will be looked at to step in for the ten BC players who have departed.
"When we get back in school, we'll let them know what it is to play hockey at BC. They'll learn the routine just like we did," said Brennan.