The Boston College hockey program is on quite the tear on the recruiting trail as Jerry York continues to stockpile an incredible wealth of talent. Today comes word that BC has flipped one-time Harvard recruit Jeremy Bracco.
Bracco is a smaller, dynamic playmaker from Freeport, New York. The 5-foot-9, 154 pound center recently set the US National Team Development Program single-season assist record with 58 (!) assists, shattering the record previously co-held by Patrick Kane and Andy Hilbert. He added 28 helpers in the USHL this year as well as eight more during the United States' dominant performance at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He's basically an assist machine.
HockeyProspect.com's Russ Bitley described Bracco's game thusly:
"He skates well with speedy wheels, good vision and loves to have the puck on his blade. He shows great edge work as he circles through the offensive zone, simply handling the puck and making things happen."
"I know that people in Ontario were pleasantly surprised at his game in the OHL Cup," Bitely said. "The knock on him was his size, but I warned them that he had talent and he delivered."
If the only knock on Bracco is his size, there's a lot to like about this pickup. I mean, it's not like Jerry York has had much success with diminutive playmakers once-committed to other Boston-area schools or anything.
Bracco was expected to join the Crimson for the 2015-16 season. Look for him to do the same at Boston College.
You can follow Jeremy on Twitter @jbracco97. Welcome to the Heights, Jeremy!