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Joe Woll Drafted By Toronto Maple Leafs

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BC's incoming goalie has found his NHL organizational home

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Boston College incoming freshman goaltender Joe Woll was drafted #62 overall by Toronto on Saturday, becoming the first Eagle selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. Woll was a 3th round pick (the first pick in the 3rd), and the 5th goalie off the board.

Woll is probably considered the favorite to start this coming season as BC's #1 goaltender, filling the shoes of Thatcher Demko. Like Demko, Woll plied his pre-college trade with the US National Team Development Program. In 12 games for the US Juniors in the USHL, he had a 2.60 GAA and .898 save percentage. In 36 games overall for the U18s this year, his number were solid - 2.14 GAA and .918 SV%, often competing against older competition.

Woll was part of the bronze medal winning US team at this year's U18 World Championships, posting the tournament's best save percentage (.947) and GAA (1.37). He was named to this summer's evaluation camp for the 2017 US World Junior team.

Woll was drafted in the 9th round of the 2014 OHL Draft by the Oshawa Generals, but any rumblings of him leaving have been very muted at best. The safe bet is that he'll be at BC this fall and will likely start for several years.

Ben Smith is the only other Eagle currently in the Maple Leafs organization.

Congrats to Joe and best of luck this season!