Name: Alex Newhook
Class Year: Freshman
Drafted: #16 by the Colorado Avalanche
Background: Newhook had a couple phenomenal years with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL before showing up at the Heights, going 22-44—66 and a whopping 38-64—102 in the last two years, with the latter earning him the Brett Hull Trophy as the league’s top scorer at an almost 2 points-per-game clip. He was drafted 16th overall in this year’s NHL draft, the third in a run of Eagles picked in the first round.
2019-20 Outlook: Newhook is a highly skilled scorer — as evidenced by his crazy numbers in the BCHL — and is expected to be an impact player right from the drop of the puck for the Eagles this year. He is a blinding-fast skater, as many of BC’s all-time best have been, so it’s hard not to get giddy at the thought of his potential on the Heights. While the BCHL isn’t the highest of amateur leagues, he also tied for the team lead with 10 points for the USA U18 team — so he can definitely play at a high level. Expect him to slot in at center for one of BC’s top lines.
Fun Fact: Newhook (rather famously) bragged about his (also-BC-committed) sister’s playing ability on his NHL draft “about me”