Thursday, April 13, 2017

McAvoy thrives in NHL debut, Greenway staying at BU

Charlie McAvoy played very well in his NHL debut tonight for the Boston Bruins in a 2-1 victory where he logged over 24 minutes of ice time and had a +1 rating(+/- rating is still a stupid stat). McAvoy made his NHL debut after signing with the Bruins and playing in the AHL concluding the BU season ending two and a half weeks ago. McAvoy joins fellow underclassmen JFK and Clayton Keller in playing in an NHL and BU game this season. These three will join the seniors in not returning to Comm Ave and it is difficult to find flaws in any of their decisions since they are all seeing NHL time right away. It is obviously not ideal for BU's success for players to leave Comm Ave before graduation but it is a fact of life when you recruit top end players who drafted to play in the NHL. These three coming out of BU ready to contribute at the NHL level does nothing but build the brand that BU hockey is the place for top end talent to go and develop into NHL caliber players and ideally win while they are doing that.

Meanwhile Jordan Greenway announced his intent(things can always change) to return to BU for his junior season today. This basically solidifies what BU's roster will look like next season barring any mid-summer departures. A lineup opening night would look like something similar to below but obviously things can always change once the players arrive on campus and begin practicing. I think the thing that stands out the most is that BU will in all likelihood have 7 drafted dmen next year which I would have to think is unheard of in the history of college hockey.

Crone-Cloonan- Cockerill

Andren, Chabot, Amonte, McDermott


Kotkansalo, Diffley,Switzer


Exclusive footage of Greenway in the locker room yesterday at BU

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