Doyle Somerby played the most games out of any Terrier in this year's senior class with 151 games as staple of BU's defensive corps including a brief appearance at forward this season due to injuries to the roster. Somerby was a regular in the lineup ever since he arrived on campus and was easily noticeable with large size and physical play. Somerby was a regular on the penalty kill all four years on campus and was a lot of times used as BU's go to defensive d pairing especially this season with defensive partner John Macleod.
Somerby's senior leadership this year was vital to the team's success as BU was the youngest team in the nation and only had three seniors and Somerby being the most battle tested out of those three. Somerby was the leader of a team this year that was one bounce away from a Frozen Four appearance for the second time in three seasons.BU WITH SOME SWEET PASSING!— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 24, 2017
Doyle Somerby finishes it off and the Terriers have tied it up! #NCAAHockey pic.twitter.com/xGF26Jsctw
The Iron Terrier Award goes to Doyle Somerby. Given for character, strength, dedication & discipline in the weight room & off-ice training.— Boston Hockey Blog (@BOShockeyblog) April 15, 2017
Somerby was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 draft by the New York Islanders but will be weighing all of his options on his first professional contract by waiting until the August 15th deadline. Somerby will certainly have more options to sign a favorable contract at that time as LKas Vegas will have entered the league creating 8 more NHL level defensemen spots. Now Somerby will most likely not be plugged into a NHL lineup run away as he has a NHL body but will most likely need a year or two at the AHL level to further develop since he only switched to playing defenseman full time his final year of prep hockey at Kimball Union. I would expect Somerby to sign an AHL deal similar where he feels comfortable continuing his development similar to Ahti Oksanen did last season when he signed with the Rangers organizations and former coach Steve Greeley.
He certainly has the size, skating ability and skill to be a dominant NHL dmen in the not so distant future.
Doyle Somerby, @TerrierHockey's captain, will wait until Aug. 15 to pursue his options, per source. He was drafted by NY Islanders in 2012.— Jonathan Sigal (@JonathanSigal) April 2, 2017
Somerby will graduate from BU with a degree in broadcast journalism and while he will almost certainly be playing professional hockey somewhere next fall, it certainly never hurts to have a degree from the best university on the face of the planet as a backup plan. Best of luck to Doyle as he begins his professional career.