Jerry York landed an elite 2018 recruit today, securing the commitment of Jack McBain. McBain, a 6’3’’ Canadian center, is rated as a 4.5-star recruit by hockey recruiting site NeutralZone.
McBain ,who turned 17 in January, has 41 points in 42 regular season games this year with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and has been on Hockey Canada's radar, participating in the U-17 World Championships and the U-19 World Junior A Challenge.
BC gets commit from Jack McBain '00 (Jr. Cans-OJHL). Rangy sized center, 2-way gm, strong hockey IQ, sees the ice, offensive instincts.— Russ Bitely (@russbites) March 9, 2017
Expect another round of will-he-or-won’t-he CHL drama with McBain, as he was selected #20 overall in the 2016 OHL Draft by the Barrie Colts.
In a recent article, McBain left the door open to playing for Barrie, but thus far has remained in the OJHL to retain his eligibility to play college hockey. He has stated that D1 college hockey was his intention, though being drafted by Barrie gave him something to consider.
That said, 9 months later, he made his pledge to BC - perhaps a sign that he’s focused on continuing toward the college route.
McBain’s USHL rights are held by the Lincoln Stars. If he continues on the path toward BC, he’ll likely play a year in Lincoln leading up to his NHL Draft year, 2018, then arrive at BC in the fall of 2018.
McBain joins a strong incoming class of 2018. Adam Samuelsson, Patrick Giles and TJ Walsh are all highly touted recruits slated to arrive that fall. While there's still time for things to change, with many of the elite prospects off the board BC is likely to have a top-5 ranked recruiting class for the fall of 2018. NeutralZone ranks the class #2 as of right now, just behind Michigan.
Congrats to Jack McBain - we look forward to seeing you on the Heights!