Hockey East Preview: #2 Boston College Eagles
2010-11 Storyline: Embarrassing showing against Colorado College ends Eagles’ repeat bid.
2011-12 Storyline: BC reloads and fights for the Hockey East championship despite losing its three top scorers.
Player To Watch: Chris Kreider
Player Missed Most: Cam Atkinson
Newcomer To Keep An Eye On: John Gaudreau
Random Fact: Gaudreau was originally slated to go to Northeastern but took the Green Line to Chestnut Hill after Greg Cronin jumped for the NHL.
Usual Beer The Triangle Pre-game Spot: Cityside
Boston College lost a lot of scoring. Cam Atkinson, Jimmy Hayes, and Brian Gibbons alone accounted for over 45% of the team’s goals last year. However, as always, Jerry York is probably not too worried. Why? He’ll have senior leadership from players like Paul Carey and Barry Almeida, young stars like Chris Kreider, Bill Arnold, and Pat Mullane, and a strong recruiting class with guys like John Gaudreau and Destry Straight. It may take a little while for these players to get in the groove in terms of scoring, but by the end of the season they shouldn’t have a problem.
While BC lost a bunch of scorers all they lost on defense is Ulf Samuelsson’s son and even some BC fans think that may be addition by subtraction. The defense will be led by Tommy Cross and Brian Dumoulin, but also features solid blueliners like Patrick Wey, Patch Alber, and Ed Shea. This experience on defense will be key as BC looks for someone to fill John Muse’s place in net. They’ll return junior Parker Milner to go along with a couple of freshmen out of the EJHL in Brian Billett and Brad Barone.
They’ll Finish Lower Because: Honestly, I’ll be very surprised if BC finishes lower than 2nd.
They’ll Finish Higher Because: Guys like Kreider and Arnold can make the jump to 25+ goalscorers.
Fear The Triangle Fearless Hockey East Predictions
2. Boston College
3. Merrimack Warriors
4. New Hampshire Wildcats
5. Maine Black Bears
6. Massachusetts Minutemen (preview 10/5)
7. Vermont Catamounts
8. Providence Friars
9. Northeastern Huskies
10. Lowell River Hawks
Northeastern will be without talented forwards Cody Ferriero and Steve Qualier for Friday’s opener. The Huskies got pounded by St Francis Xavier in their exhibition match today.
Reports say that Notre Dame will join Hockey East on Wednesday.