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Boston College Men’s Hockey Recruiting Update

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Next season’s class includes several potential impact players

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Hockey season at Boston College is still about four and a half months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s potential lineup. The Eagles have, to this point, lost only Kevin Lohan to graduation after spending last year with no true seniors in their lineup. An already full roster will be getting a boost in the near future as well, as BC will be adding another large freshman class. So if you need a BC hockey fix before October gets here, take a look at what looks to be one of the Eagle’s better classes in recent seasons.

Benjamin Finkelstein: A seventh round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Benjamin Finkelstein hopes to bring an offensive punch to the BC blueline. A Florida Panthers prospect, Finkelstein has been described as an effortless skater who is dangerous with the puck on his stick. Finkelstein will join BC after spending time in the USHL after a season and a half playing for St. Lawrence. In 43 games playing for both teams last season, he put up 46 points. If things break right, BC should have someone who can help with the powerplay at the very least.

Jack McBain: McBain has a chance to be a big impact player for BC as a freshman when he joins the team after his two years playing in the OJHL junior league. McBain, a center, put up 58 points in his 48 games last season before adding another nine in a short four game playoff run. Already NHL ready in terms of size, the 6’3” McBain is eligible for this year’s draft. The consensus is that McBain will likely be an early to mid second round pick with the potential to sneak into the first if a team falls in love with him. He should have a real chance to play top six minutes next season.

Mark McLaughlin: Another center, Mark McLaughlin figures to slot in a bit lower down the Eagles lineup. McLaughlin skated for two seasons in the USHL, playing in 81 games and picking up 36 points along the way. Those numbers took a hit after he was injured early in the 2017-18 season, where he had picked up an impressive 20 points in his first 21 games. McLaughlin served as the captain for the Ceder Rapid RoughRiders before being injured.

Jacques Bouquot: Hailing from Connecticut, Jacques Bouquot is the third center and second team captain on our list. Bouqout is said to be a strong player on the boards and to have a solid two way game. He is eligible for the 2018 draft and may be a later round pick.

Adam Samuelsson: If Finkelstein is the offensive defenseman in BC’s recruiting class, Adam Samuelsson likely ranks closer to the other end of the spectrum. At 6’5”, Samuelsson (the brother of former BC defeseman Philip Samuelsson) plays a heavy game. While not the greatest of skaters, Samuelsson does everything coaches love in the defensive end. If he’s able to crack the lineup out of camp, expect to see a lot of him on the penalty kill and in late game situations. Samuelsson is eligible for the 2018 draft, but his lack of much offensive upside has him slotted as a mid round pick.

Joseph Cassetti: The first natural winger on our list, Cassetti is another player who will likely help BC’s depth more than their high end scoring, at least at the start of his career. The 6’3” left winger put up just 18 points in 44 games in the USHL last year, but is the kind of defensively responsible player that every team needs. Cassetti is a strong skater who is not afraid to use the full extent of his frame.

Patrick Giles: Considered a second or third round pick in the 2018 draft, Patrick Giles is another incoming recruit with a big frame who uses it to his advantage. The 6’4” winger spent time in the USHL over the past few seasons and also played for the USA under 18 team at the last world juniors. He’ll certainly spend some time in the penalty box, picking up 26 minutes in his 26 USHL games last season, but that’s something BC fans will happily live with if he can be the dominant type of net front presence that his size would have you believe.

T.J. Walsh: In stark contrast to Giles, T.J. Walsh is the kind of undersized winger that BC has churned out with regularity in the past. Standing just 5’9”, Walsh spent the last two seasons in the USHL on the same team as Mike McLaughlin. Walsh had a tough time scoring, putting up just eight points in 32 games last season, but his long term track record is far more impressive, as it includes absurd 2014-15 season that saw him put up 136 points in 66 games for Shattuck St. Mary’s. If Walsh can regain that touch, he could be an important member of the Eagles scoring depth.

Monte Graham: The final member of this year’s class is another smaller forward. The 5’11” Monte Graham has spent the last three seasons in the USHL, putting up his best numbers last season when he had 25 points in 27 games. Graham plays with an edge, as he has 95 penalty minutes last season, but his offensive game make that easier to live with. Graham is considered a skilled skater who adds a nice scoring touch, an asset that should be useful in the middle of BC’s forward lineup.

Disclaimer: Hockey Classes can change a lot with players often taking an extra year or coming early. Our information comes from Elite Prospects but we will post another update later this summer as the class becomes set