This past weekend, Boston University was eliminated from the NCAA hockey tournament at the hands of the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Terriers lost in crushing fashion, in overtime by a score of 3-2. This ends another solid season from BU, who has now been in the NCAA tournament for the past three seasons.
We have seen many top-tier prospects already sign with their respective teams, as Brock Boeser of the Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) signed with the Vancouver Canucks and netted his first goal in his first game as a NHLer and BU star Clayton Keller signed with the Arizona Coyotes and is expected to make his NHL debut on Monday.
Unfortunately, there is expected to be a lot of turnover around Comm. Ave, as two top players for BU, Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, are expected to eventually sign their professional contracts and join Keller in the NHL. McAvoy and JFK are both Bruins property and would join BC's alternate captain Ryan Fitzgerald and Djurgardens IF (Swedish Hockey League) Emil Johansson, who have already signed their entry-level deals and are reporting to Providence. Unlike Fitzgerald and Johansson, McAvoy and JFK could go right to Boston, as the Bruins are looking to make their final push into the playoffs.
Out of the four players mentioned above, McAvoy has the highest ceiling and has been the most talked about, as we saw him dazzle at BU and for Team USA during the World Juniors. According to TSN insider Bob McKenzie, however, the signing of McAvoy may be delayed. In typical student-athlete fashion, McAvoy has midterms this week, which many think could impact when he signs with the Bruins. However, according to McKenzie, the two sides are expected to get a deal done.
Another name to watch in the NCAA tournament is Notre Dame forward Anders Bjork, as he is also Bruins property but the Fighting Irish are still in contention in the Frozen Four.