Boston College added a highly-touted goalie prospect to their fall incoming class as Minnesota-born goaltender Ryan Edquist flipped his commitment from Minnesota to Boston College. Edquist is well-regarded in Minnesota after posting a dominant season for Lakeville North High in 2014-15, going 31-0 and leading them to a prestigious Minnesota state championship.
The news came as a bit of a surprise as BC already has an elite goaltender coming in this fall in Joe Woll. But with the departure of Thatcher Demko to the Vancouver Canucks, Woll and Edquist will likely both have opportunities to compete. It's unknown at this time what the future holds for Ian Milosz, who enrolled at BC midseason and played in two games for the Eagles. There was some Twitter chatter that he may be transferring, but the BC Hockey Blog suggests he will return and compete for playing time.
Edquist played in the USHL this past season, starting 27 games as a rookie for a Madison Capitols team that struggled. He posted a 3.02 GAA and .906 SV% - not great numbers, but both better than the team average (3.19/.903) over the course of the 60-game season, and not out of whack with the adjustment period a lot of 17-year-old goalies have to go through. For comparison's sake, Thatcher Demko posted an .899 save percentage in his first season in the USHL.
According to SB Nation College Hockey, Edquist was likely to be asked by Minnesota to play another year in juniors as they have a logjam between the pipes. Flipping to Boston College gives him an opportunity to enroll at school and play NCAA hockey this fall.
Welcome to the Heighs, Ryan! #soar