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BUFFALO, N.Y. As Boston University skated on the TD Garden ice after winningthe Hockey East title last month, Jack Eichel could have been a part of that.Now in his third NHL season with theSabres, its easy to forget the Chelmsford, Ma s., native would have been a senior this yearwith the Terriers.That doesnt mean he doesnt have BU teammates by his side.The Sabresorganization hosts the top line of the 2015 Terrier squad that went to the national title game. Eichel, who led the nation in scoring and , still plays with that seasons second leading scorer, Evan Rodrigues. The connection grew deeper at the NHL trade deadline when the Sabres addedDanny ORegan, the third wheel to that line, as part Chris Stewart Jersey of the return from San Jose for star wing EvanderKane.MORE: Eichel played on CommonwealthAve. for just a single season, whenRodrigues was a senior and ORegan a junior.It all started there, Rodriguessaid. Its grown since weve been here in Buffalo. Eichel's such a skilled player and its worked out.With the Terriers winning the 2018 conference title for the first time since Eichel skated with the team, it had him thinking about what could have been.Some of the guys who could be at BU, if we stayed for all four years, it really doesnt happen often, he said. Theres only four guys from my freshman cla s there now. Its kind of crazy to think about what the team could have been if everybody stuck around.Indeed, what a team it would have been if the entire recruiting cla s had stayed. A collegiate lineup headed by Eichel, likely skating with now-Coyotes star Clayton Keller and Bruins defender Charlie McAvoy back on the blueline. Out of the 10-player freshman cla s that includedEichel,five remain. Captain Brandon Hickey (Coyotes) and John MacLeod (Lightning) are the NHL prospects, with Brien Diffley, Chase Phelpsand Niklas Ol son making up the rest.Instead of playing with that quintet for a national title, Eichel is focused on trying to turn around an NHL squad that has struggled Matt Dumba Jersey since he was drafted second overall. He's in it for long haul after signingan eight-year, $80 million extension that kicks in next season. With Rodrigues at his side, there may be some hope for that Terrier magic to become a big influence for aSabres organization looking to turn things around soon.When ORegan was traded, there was talk about the line eventually reuniting in the NHL. It was bittersweet in some ways, losing a teammate, but O'Regan could join Eichel and Rodrigues in becoming key pieces to the future of the organization.You never like to see a teammate go like Kane, Eichel said. But having Danny here, his family is happy and hes closer to home. I hadnt seen him in so long.Im happy to have him here.GRADES: ORegan was happy to be sent east, whileappreciative of his time with the Sharks. Hes mostly played with Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate inRochester since the trade, but has spenttime with the big club as well. O'Regan's call-up came while Eichel was out with an injury, so the three haven't yet skated on the same sheet of icefor the Sabres.Hesfocused on returning to the NHL before worrying about being reunited with his former teammates.We havent talked about it too much, ORegan said. Theres so many guys. You cant be expecting anything to be given. You have to earn a call-up and playing time.Thetrio hasnt been apart for long since departing BU. They all work out at the universityduring the offseason, even before being in the organization.Thatswhen theyre united with the rest of the program as well. Werein touch for sure, BU coach David Quinn said. Theyre surely mi sed. They meant a lot to our program, on and off the ice. It means a Eric Staal Jersey lot that they come back here every summer and work out. Its always fun to follow your former players.Quinn said they dont talk all too much, usually about once a month, but the group chat fired back up again when ORegan was traded.We had a lot of laughs about it, Quinn said. All four of us were going back and forth about it Erik Haula Jersey in a group text.That group chat doesnt seem exclusive with just their former coaches. After the Terriers won Hockey East, all three players were in touch with several members of the program.BUis certainly pulling for three of itsmost succe sful alum to have a chance to play together at the next level, but also recognize the challenges ahead.THE OLYMPIAN: Its a whole different set of circumstances, Quinn said. At some point, maybe they will play together, maybe there is an opportunity. But at that level, theres so many good players. Those guys had some great magic while they were here. It remains to be seen what opportunity they will get.In the 2015 run to the national title game, Eichel led the nation in scoring. Rodrigues was right behind him. The two were put on the same line by Quinn about halfway through the season. Rodrigues, who had 34 pointsas a sophomore,exploded with a 61-point season when he was on a line with Eichel.Rodrigues earned himself a contract with the Sabres after his collegiate career ended, going undrafted four years before.Yet, hes ended up in the same spot as the former second overall pick. Its cool, we share a past, Eichelsaid. Its something that we all have in common. Its nice to have them. We went through that year together. We got closer, and have gotten closer since weve been here.Rodrigues was appreciative to have someone there when he made the jump to the AHL.It makes it a little easier," he said. Youre not going into it alone. You have someone to bounce ideas off of and talk to when you need to. It makes it a little bit easier.Adding ORegan was just icing on the cake. The other winger on that Terriers first line, ORegan was at BU for the year after Rodrigues and Eichel had headed to the pros.A Chelmsford native like Eichel, ORegan has his own New England connections. He played at St. Sebastians, earning a scholarship to BU, and he tallied 38 points his first season.With the dynamic duo at his side, he posted a career-high 50 points, and had another 44 the next season.SN Q&A:The former Sharks draft pick provedhe belonged in the pros as well with 58 points in his first AHLseason.It was really cool, Rodrigues said of O'Regan's trade to Buffalo.We were two of the first people to text him. We work out in the summer as well. Weve been friends ever since the BU days. I Alex Stalock Jersey played with Danny for three years at BU, so its cool to have us all here again.So far in Buffalo, Eichel and Rodrigues have seldom playedtogether. Ironically, much of Rodrigues real chance to shine came when Eichel was injured earlier this season.But, all those
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