I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend. I'm sure we're all just packed with energy this Monday morning. To today's news...
We start with a housekeeping note from the SBNation mothership. Ever wanted to change your username? Well, now you can. (One time only, so don't get too many ideas, some of you clever trolls out there.)
Username changes on SB Nation just got a whole lot easier. - Blog Huddle
The power is finally in your hands! SB Nation now offers a one-time only username change option for every user on the network. Here's how to do it.
ATL takes a look at the football schedule and concludes that despite the calculated difficulty of it, there's a solid path to six wins. I agree with his take.
Eagle in Atlanta -- atleagle.com: 2014 Preview Questions: How difficult is the schedule?
The experts think BC's got a challenging slate. Phil Steele ranks our Schedule Difficulty at 28 (second most difficult in our division behind Syracuse). As Steele points out, the NCAA's metric considers BC's schedule the 15th most difficult.
New Guy Alert:
Norwood’s John Gorman heating up as a closer for Bourne Braves - South - The Boston Globe
Six weeks ago, John Gorman was in the starting rotation at Boston College, compiling a very respectable 3.86 earned run average in the challenging Atlantic Coast Conference. Transitioning to the bullpen this summer for the Bourne Braves, the hard-throwing righthander from Norwood has emerged as one of the hottest closers in the Cape Cod League.
A look ahead to two future Eagles who will be draft-eligible in 2015, including Noah Hanifin, who arrives this fall:
2015 NHL Draft Early Players to Watch List - SB Nation College Hockey
Noah Hanifin-D-NTDP U17 Hanifin is a big defenseman with tremendous offensive skills. Plays a Jack Johnson-like high-risk/high-reward game, but can do things with the puck few his age can. Jeremy Bracco-F-NTDP U17 A smaller forward that is an absolute wizard with the puck. He could surpass the point totals put up by Jack Eichel and Sonny Milano at the NTDP this past year next season.
Bruins Prospect Profile: Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston.com)
With the Bruins announcing their Development Camp roster, we're taking a look at some of the prospects who will be attending this year's practices. After breaking down defenseman Matt Grzelcyk yesterday, today, we travel up Comm. Ave. to focus on Boston College's Ryan Fitzgerald.
Johnny Gaudreau looking to take the next step with the Calgary Flames - Prospects
Johnny Gaudreau's home in Carneys Point, N.J., is littered with hardware.The 20-year-old Calgary Flames prospect is looking to add one more to the mantle, an ESPY. But as the award nominations and accolades continue to pile up, so too does the expectation that Gaudreau can take the next step and jump into the NHL. Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, is among the finalists for the ESPN honor of top male college athlete.
And ICYMI over the weekend, congratulations to Brian Gibbons:
Blue Jackets sign Brian Gibbons to 1 year (2 way) deal - The Cannon
The REALLY astute may recall Gibbons from when he was playing with Cam Atkinson back at BC, but for most of you that name sounds familiar because he shredded us in Game 2 against the Penguins before he left the game due to injury.
I'm sure I'm not the only BC fan who's looking forward to watching more Columbus games next year and seeing if Gibbons and Atkinson are reunited as linemates.