BC added yet another forward to next year's incoming class as Michael Merulla, a 6'0 and 1996 birthdate out of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and the Aston Rebels (NAHL) joined the fray this afternoon. Merulla led a team that made it to the Robertson Cup semifinals in scoring with 24 goals and 31 assists. Over the Boards had Merulla ranked as the 47th best uncommitted prospect two years ago.
From what I can tell, this seems to be a solid pick up late in the game for the staff. With the departures of Ian McCoshen (coming soon), Miles Wood, Alex Tuch, Steve Santini, Adam Gilmour, and Thatcher Demko, they had some left over scholarship money to spend in order to field a deep roster. Admittedly, there is no telling how any of the freshmen will adjust to college hockey because it's such a hit or miss proposition, but hopefully they will gel by trophy season. The good news is that while BC loses four top nine forward in Tuch, Wood, Gilmour, and Teddy Doherty, they also bring back some perennial goal scorers in Colin White, Zach Sanford, Austin Cangelosi, and Ryan Fitzgerald, who will certainly help ease the transition for the younger players.
If I had to guess, Merulla will be competing for a bottom six role in September with the likes of Julius Mattila, Michael Booth, and perhaps Zach Walker. If those guys can find a way to get acclimated sooner rather than later, I think the Eagles will have one of the deeper forward groups in Hockey East, despite the early departures. That being said, things tend to change between June 7th and October 1st, so we will see what happens.