Aapeli Räsänen announced his commitment to Boston College today. The Finnish center will join the Eagles in fall 2017.
Räsänen plays for the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL, where he is linemates will fellow BC commit Eeli Tolvanen. Räsänen also played for Finland’s WJC team this year with Tolvanen and current BC freshmen Jesper and Julius Mattila. He was drafted 153rd overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and is an Edmonton Oilers prospect.
Räsänen is known for getting into good positioning to set up plays or score off rebounds, which is something the Eagles need on offense. He has 5 goals and 14 assists for the Musketeers this season and is in 2nd place on his team in assists. Räsänen was tied for first on Team Finland at the 2017 WJC with 6 points (he was tied with Tolvanen).
Although he wasn’t a top draft pick, he has the scoring ability to make an impact for BC, and the fact that he and Tolvanen already play well together should be an added bonus.
Welcome to the Heights to hockey’s newest Eagle!