For a while now it's been all but confirmed that Ian McCoshen would forgo his remaining years with BC in order to sign with the Panthers, and now its official. McCoshen signed an ELC with the Panthers for 3 years and $925,000 per season at the NHL level or $70,000 in the AHL.. McCoshen's departure should be the last in what has felt like an endless string of early departures for the Eagles this season.
McCoshen quickly became a leader on defense during his three seasons with the Eagles. As a player that could shut down the opposing team on defense but also set up offense, he was a valuable asset for BC and should fairly quickly be ready to play in the NHL. McCoshen recorded 21 points during the 2015-16 season, including 6 goals. He has a laser of a shot that's gotta be hard to stop once it gets going! McCoshen had a stellar +/- of +30 during his junior year. There were a few hiccups in McCoshen's game later in the 2015-16 season, culminating in the Hockey East Championship game against Northeastern. This caused some fans to wonder if he had made his decision and had already checked out on the team. However, McCoshen returned to form in the NCAA Regionals. McCoshen showed consistent improvement both offensively and defensively every year at BC, so the pros should be a nice new challenge for him and we at BCI are excited to watch him develop as a player.
As a team player that is particularly protective of his goalie, McCoshen should be a valuable addition to the Panthers organization. He joins fellow BC Eagles alum Mike Matheson, who spent the end of last season in the NHL after playing for the AHL Pirates. Matheson is expected to begin the 2016-17 season in the NHL with the Panthers.