Thursday, April 12, 2012

Catching up on all the NHL signings

Pretty good program I guess ? Sorry BU. 
Well it has certainly been a hectic couple of days since that awesome game versus Ferris State in the National Championship game. As you probably all know by now, two underclassman, Brian Dumoulin and Chris Kreider will be leaving BC to go to their respective NHL teams. Also joining the NHL fray are seniors Tommy Cross (BOS), Barry Almeida (WSH), and Paul Carey (COL). First of all, I think it would be good to thank all of these guys for their 3+ years of hard work and dedication to Boston College hockey. Every single one of these guys represented Boston College in the best way possible, on and off the ice. They are not just great hockey players, they are great people as well. As far as if I agree with Dumoulin's and Kreider's decisions to leave, I think they are both 100 % ready to jump to the pros and made the best choice they could have made. Let's be honest, they have accomplished a lot in their three years here. Three Beanpots, three Hockey East titles, and two National Championships. Both guys will go down as some of the greatest ever to put on the maroon and gold. I also think both have a great shot at playing on the next level. I think Brian Dumoulin is the most NHL ready player in all of Hockey East and I can't wait to see him excel with Carolina. Chris Kreider is another one of those guys whose game is fit for the NHL. He is big, he is fast, and boy can he fire the puck.  I would not be the least bit shocked to see Chris have long NHL career.

As for the seniors, first of all, all of these guys deserve a lot of credit for having great careers here at Boston College. Every single one of them had their best season out of the four this season especially guys like Cross, Almeida, and Carey who were just fantastic. I would love to see Tommy Cross in a Bruins uniform someday and I think there is a good chance it will happen. He is a solid "defensive defenseman" and someone that can really shoot the puck. If he can get a little quicker, he could play at the next level. Paul Carey is another guy that I think could play in the big league. He has size, is quick, and is good in his own zone. He cycles the puck in the offensive zone better than anyone on this years team and is also a very good leader. Barry Almeida with his speed could also make the Washington Capitals because he has proven to us BC fans that he can do it all. Every time you have a situation whether it's a power play, penalty kill, or late game nail bitter, you would always see #9 out there. Once again, congrats to all six seniors on great careers an I wish you all the best of luck.

Over the next couple of days, I will be writing more about what to expect next year but let me get this out, I think BC is once again going to be good (When are we not good). We have a good core of star players like Gaudreau, Milner, Arnold, Mullane, and Whitney staying and throw them in with a couple of recruits that will hopefully perform well, we could be looking at another great team. I think the freshman on this years team that didn't get talked about whole a lot (Sit, Smith, Straight, Linell) will really need to have big years next season but that is another story for another day because I want to keep enjoying this National Championship !

Until next time,


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