Insider Only NCAA: Prospect Brian Strait leaning towards returning for his senior season?

Strait expected to make a decision soon
The Pittsburgh Penguins have made a strong pitch to prospect Brian Strait (2006 3rd round pick) in the hopes of luring Strait to forgo his senior season at Boston University but indications are Strait is leaning towards returning to school for his senior season.
Strait who is regarded as the Penguins top defensive defenseman in their system, has been voted captain by his teammates for the 2009-2010 season and I’ve been told from a member with the Boston University Terriers Hockey club that the BU coaching staff believes returning to school is in the best of interest Strait.
” You only have your senior season once in your life”, a source with the BU hockey club told me this afternoon and that is playing into Strait’s decision making as he weighs the pros and cons of turning pro.
The Penguins have been aggressive because if Strait returns for his senior season

the Penguins will only have 2-3 months to sign Strait before they lose his rights. Strait plays a Rob Scuderi type of game and is a “great character player on and off the ice” according to David Quinn, assistant coach of the Boston University Terriers.
While there’s a lot of talk from Boston University’s end that Strait is leaning towards returning to school, an official decision has not been made yet.

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