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BU loses four players early to NHL deals

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Boston University has lost another trio of underclassmen to the pro ranks today, following the news from Sunday that junior defenseman Dante Fabbro was about to sign with Nashville.

Now, the Terriers will also lose goalie Jake Oettinger, defenseman Chad Krys, and freshman forward Joel Farabee. All three signed pro deals today, all with the teams that originally drafted them — Krys with Chicago (2nd round, 2016), Oettinger with Dallas (1st round, 2017), and Farabee with Philadelphia (1st round, 2018).

On top of those early signings, senior forward Bobo Carpenter signed with the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Boston University was eliminated from the Hockey East tournament with a semifinal game loss to Northeastern last Friday, finishing the season 16-18-4 and missing the NCAAs for the first time since 2014.

As a freshman, Farabee led the team in goals goals (17), assists (19) and points (36) in 37 games played. His 17 goals were tied for second, and 36 points finished third among all NCAA rookies. In the Hockey East quarterfinal series against Massachusetts-Lowell, Farabee posted four goals and five points in the three-game series win. He was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year, and also was part of Team USA’s World Junior roster this season.

Krys was a captain this season, and finished with eight goals from the back line, the most of his BU career. He had 20 points, after putting up 27 last season.

Oettinger has played almost every game for the Terriers since arriving three years ago. After his numbers slipped last year to a .915 save percentage, he was back to a .926 this season, and carried BU at times. The 6-foot-5 native of Minnesota has been a member of Team USA’s World Junior roster in the past.

The losses, though not entirely unexpected, create some big holes for the Terriers, whose upcoming recruiting class doesn’t contain the quantity or quality of blue chippers that have left over the last two years.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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