Continuing the trend of young commitments throughout college hockey, BC locked up its third 2001 birthdate this morning when defenseman Drew Helleson announced his intentions to play at The Heights. Helleson joins Patrick Moynihan and Spencer Knight in BC's 2019 class.
A native of Farmington, Minnesota, Helleson recorded 34 points in 46 games for the National Champion Shattuck St Mary's boys bantam squad. The loaded Sabres also featured prominent blue liners Braden Doyle (BU) and Cam York, one of the top uncommitted prospects in the United States. Nevertheless, Helleson is a major add for the Eagles as most scouting websites seem to think he will be given a long look next spring for the NTDP. Scout Matt Grainda describes Helleson as a "smart puck mover, plays a very balanced game". Western Elite Hockey Prospects has Helleson rated as their 9th best 2001 birthdate while The Scouting News believes Helleson is "one of the most complete 2001 defensemen in the world right now". At last week's Junior Chowder Cup, Helleson notched 3 points in 3 games but his Hockey Essentials squad fell to Moynihan's Black Squirrels club in the tournament final.
At first glance, this appears to be another nice get for a BC staff that has taken their recruiting game up three or four notches over the past twelve months. It is impossible to predict how young kids will develop between now and September of 2019 but Helleson, Moynihan, and Knight are three blue chip prospects that should mold into terrific college hockey players.