Good morning and happy Tuesday. Tonight, New Guy, Grant and I will be bringing you another edition of BC Interruption Radio, talking hockey as the playoffs heat up.
If you like your hockey articles tl;dr - and since you're a BCI regular, you must, right? - you'll really enjoy an article posted yesterday by the invaluable Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey, exploring two big questions surrounding Johnny Gaudreau: 1) will his game translate to NHL success? and 2) will he return to BC for his senior year? He seems to lean toward "yes" and "no" respectively, but leaves open all possibilities. It's a quality read, so check it out:
Beyond whether or not his skills will translate to the NHL, the next big question is should he leave a year of eligibility on the table at BC by signing with the Calgary Flames this off season? That's another query with no truly clear answer.
So I think it's safe to say that Gaudreau has made a stronger case for the Hobey thus far than any BC forward who has come before him during York's 20-year tenure at the Heights.
"That was it," said Doherty after practice on Wednesday. "There were a few other schools. RPI and UNH were interested. But once BC started recruiting me it was no looking back. I was going to be an Eagle all the way."
For three of the four hosts in next weekend's Hockey East quarterfinals, their opponents will look quite familiar. Boston College, Massachusetts-Lowell and Providence will face the team that they closed the regular season with (Notre Dame, Vermont and Maine, respectively).
Notre Dame (21-12-2) Sure, the Irish must face Boston College this week, but they did beat the Eagles two weeks ago for a huge PairWise jump. And Steven Summerhays has been unconscious in net lately and leads the country with seven shutouts.
Paul Carey, like Malone, was drafted in 2007 and went to college before turning pro. After being picked in the 5th round by the Avs, he attended Boston College and won 2 NCAA championships, the second as a senior while wearing the alternate captain's letter. Carey has spent the last 2 years with the beloved Monsters tallying 26G/33A in 127 games. He's got some size (6'1, 207#) and is extremely fast.
The tournament begins with No. 12 seed Wake Forest and No. 13 seed Notre Dame on Wednesday, followed by No. 10 seed Miami against No. 15 seed Virginia Tech and No. 11 seed Georgia Tech against No. 14 seed Boston College.