Happy Monday, Eagles. Friday night saw a new crop of Boston College Eagles - 5 in all - drafted by NHL teams. The only other college with five players drafted? Well, that would be Boston University.
The second round of the NHL draft had a big impact on both ends of Commonwealth Avenue.
Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko, the youngest player in Division 1 last season, was selected by the Vancouver Canucks yesterday with the 36th overall pick. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Demko was the second of five goalies chosen during the second round and he is ready to move on.
Of course, BC did have two first rounders, BU had zero. But Saint Eichel will probably be the one grabbing the headlines next year. Either way... there's going to be an awful lot of high end talent in Hockey East in the next few years. And it's going to be great.
Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko, the draft's top-rated netminder who likely slipped to the Canucks at 36th over concerns about the possibility of maintenance surgery on his hips, is Vancouver's new goalie of the future. The 18-year-old from San Diego, who could start for Team USA at the next world junior championship, is also Vancouver's best goaltending prospect since Nonis drafted Cory Schneider from Boston College 10 years ago.
Lastly, he has committed to Boston College and so it may be a challenge for a team, because he will not be available to them for some time. However, this may be a good thing, as he has some aspects of his game that he needs to improve and Boston College is an excellent place to learn how to do that.
Minnesota selected forward Alex Tuch, 18th overall, during the Draft's first round Friday night. The 18-year-old (5/10/96) spent the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) in Ann Arbor, Mich. The 6-foot-3.5, 218-pound native of Syracuse, N.Y., posted 64 points (29-35=64) in 61 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2013-14, tying for the team lead with seven game-winning goals and a plus-35 rating. He is committed to Boston College for the fall of 2014.
The other big story of the week - Louisville officially arrives in the ACC tomorrow.
If University of Louisville fans want to send thank you notes to some of the people most responsible for the school's rise to the Atlantic Coast Conference, which it will celebrate on July 1 with a downtown event complete with mascots from all the league's teams, here's just a beginning to the list. :
There aren't other major moves on the immediate horizon, though. Might this mean administrators, coaches, athletes and fans can finally take a deep breath and start getting used to the new landscape? "Hopefully, we're starting one of those periods where we're all intact and can reach our full potential," ACC Commissioner John Swofford said.