The NHL released their mid-year draft rankings today, and a number of current/incoming Eagles are on the list.
Eeli Tolvanen, BC’s incoming Finn, is ranked 7th amongst North American skaters. The right winger, who plays for Sioux City in the USHL, is BC’s biggest flight risk. He is a quick player with a scoring touch and will quickly become a favorite at BC.
Jacob Tortora, who plays for the USNTDP, is ranked 121st on the list of North American skaters. BC has had some trouble keeping USNTDP guys in years past, so he’s another player that should show up but could go the juniors route instead. Tortora is another typical BC guy - a 5’6” forward that scores some pretty goals. Tortora is currently set to join the team in 2018.
Logan Hutsko is on the list, but is not ranked. Hutsko is recovering from a neck injury and hasn’t been able to play much this season, so he is a “limited viewing” pick in the rankings. Hutsko is a good playmaker and should be able to see solid playing time with the Eagles if he can come back strong from his injury. He is currently set to join the team in 2018.
Michael Karow, a defender, is listed at 117th in the rankings. This recent recruit (he committed in November) will add some much needed defensive power to next year’s BC team
Current freshman Zach Walker is ranked 210th amongst North American Skaters. Walker has had 2 goals and 5 assists so far this season and has been making visible improvement as a player.
BCI will be covering the NHL Draft in detail this summer.