An Updated Look at BC Hockey’s Freshmen Class
By: Ashley Sachdeva
With hockey season just under 3 weeks away, the Boston College Eagles are looking to make a dent this year in the Hockey East and the NCAA overall. Ending the season off last year with a devastating loss in the Hockey East Finals against Northeastern, the Eagles are looking to come back with 8 new members to their team. Here are the new Eagles aiming for a shot at the NCAA tournament.
Boldy was the 12th overall selection in the first round draft of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild. From the Massachusetts native’s work in the USHL, it appears that he may be a leading goal scorer rather than a play-maker. He finds openings through numerous defenders and gets pucks deep. The main concern with him is his lack of consistency; BC needs not only goal scorers but kids who can defend and work together to set up as well.
Hardman is another local kid (Hanover, MA) and another former leading goal-scorer. Posting 39 goals last season, Hardman was the second-leading goal scorer in the BCHL. Along with this success, he posted 72 points in 58 games this past season, finishing third in points in the BCHL. He can make a mark in the Eagles offense, hopefully putting points up early in the season.
Among two others, Newhook was drafted in the first round with the 16th pick by the Colorado Avalanche. Another former member of the BCHL, he led the league in scoring last season. With a collection of 38 goals and 64 assists in 53 games, it’s clear he not only can score but can skate. His speed could lead to break-out goals and setting up offense early. Hopefully his past season carries over into this year and can mesh well with the rest of the roster.
Good thing he chose hockey over tennis in high school, because this 6’2″ defensemen stands as one of the tallest on BC’s roster. Andres plays an aggressive and physical game, checking and getting skaters to slow down and watch out.
Being a second round pick (47th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche, Helleson shines as a key defender for this upcoming season, as he’s known for puck-handling and great skating skills overall. This past season in the USHL, Helleson tallied 23 points in 64 games. Based on these numbers, it looks like Helleson can really grow this season and hopefully not only become a key feature on defense but also generate plays on offense.
Warren was drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Wild this past summer. Although he is on the smaller side compared to his fellow incoming defensemen, Warren makes up for it a lack of size speed and stick-handling skills. Despite starting off his past season in the USHL with a lower-body injury, Warren still finished with 34 points in 58 games. Warren mentioned this summer, that the BC coaching staff is looking for him to fill the rolls of Casey Fitzgerald and Michael Kim, who graduated last year, and be a strong defender and transition into offense as well.
Another Massachusetts native, Moffatt played for St.Sebastian’s this past year where he registered 1.92 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. This 6’3 goalie probably won’t find much time in the net this season, but could see more potential in later seasons.
Knight will have to fill the shoes of Joe Woll this year. Drafted 13th overall in the first round for the Florida Panthers, he will be starting in the net this season. Just last season he went 32-4-0 for the U18 team in the USHL. He posted 2.36 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Last season when BC played Northeastern in the Beanpot and Hockey East finals one of their stars was goalie, Cayden Primeau, and Knight has the ability to have as big of an impact as a goalie like Primeau did in big games.
Catch the rest of the roster right here in Chestnut Hill on October 5th against New Brunswick. Roll Eagles. Do that hockey.