College Hockey News from CHN
October 11, 2018
by Joe Meloni/Senior Writer (@JoeMeloni)
Expect Providence to compete for all of the Hockey East hardware this year. (photo: Matt Dewkett)
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Boston College Eagles
Head Coach: Jerry York2017-18 record: 20-14-3, 18-6-0 Hockey East
Changes: On the ice, only graduate transfer Kevin Lohan (2-6—8) is gone for the Eagles. They scored 106 goals a year ago and return more than 98 percent of the offense that won the Hockey East regular season. In terms of the roster, not much changed for BC.
There was one major departure, though. Jerry York’s long-time assistant Greg Brown left BC after 14 seasons to serve as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. Without Brown, the Eagles lose the man responsible for a good amount of the success the program’s enjoyed since he arrived in 2004 specifically as it relates to the Eagles defensemen and power play. Brown’s role with BC evolved over the years. The departure of Mike Cavanaugh in 2013 only increase BC’s reliance on Brown.
Brendan Buckley enters the picture, joining Mike Ayers and Marty McInnis as York’s assistants.
Aside from the departure of Brown, BC can count a few major additions to its changes, too. The Eagles welcome one of the nation’s best-recruiting classes. Oliver Wahlstrom highlights the group. The first-round pick of the New York Islanders was expected to join Harvard this season.
In late July, Wahlstrom opted to attend BC instead. Ranked as one of the best pure goal-scorers in the 2018 draft class, Wahlstrom joins a BC freshman class that includes Jack McBain, Adam Samuelsson, and Patrick Giles, among others. The group joins a team that won a league championship and could be primed for even more this season.
Strength: Goal-scoring and goaltending are both in good shape as the season begins. BC offense was about average last season. Underclassmen did most of …