Defending Hockey East Champion Boston College will likely begin their season in early November instead of October. The early discussions are centered around conference play only with a slate of 3 games against each team.
Eagles top four incoming players based on reviewing data, film and speaking with a coach familiar with BC is as follows:
1)Trevor Kuntar-Center-6″1 205 -Transfer from Harvard. Scored 28 goals 25 assists for Youngstown in USHL in 2019. Is a dynamic first line type player who might fit perfectly at Center with Hustko on his wing. Kuntar is a very good finisher and has good size. He has Cotton like instincts positioning around the goal. Considered a strong leader.
2)Timmy Lovell Jr.-5’8 145-Defenseman from Hingham who played with Des Moines in 2019 finishing with 5 goals/12 assists. Lovell is now 2 inches taller than Brian Gionta and is up to 145 pounds. A current NHL player and BC standout watched Lovell play recently and had to pick up the phone to call Jerry York to relay this message. “Coach-you have one heck of a player. He is the real deal”. York was more than pleased to receive the call. Lovell (originally a OSU verbal) will definitely see time at the point on the power-play unit.
3) Eamon Powell-5’11 170 -Defenseman-played with the U.S. National Developmental U-18 team scoring 6 goals and 8 assists. Very good two-way Defenseman who flashed nicely during International competition. A tremendous skater which allows him to recover quickly in fast-paced action. Powell scored 2 shootout goals in Five Nations Tournament to propel USA to a 3-2 win over Finland.
4)Colby Ambrosio-5″9 168-Forward with great quickness and good speed. Finished as the 12th leading scorer in the USHL skating for Tri-City. Ambrosio registered 26 goals and 24 assists last season. He reminds me of Steve Whitney with his quick skating and ability to move through traffic.
Other recruiting tidbits;
Matthew Beniers-USA National Developmental team forward is looking for a new landing spot after Harvard decided to cancel hockey to make way for the Hasty Pudding show. Beniers is looking at BC, BU, Michigan, and Notre Dame. Contrary to some reports-he is not eligible for this NHL draft. He is considered a future 1st or 2nd round pick in 2021. He posted 25 goals and 32 assists last season.
Former BC commit Cam McDonald will not be attending the Heights as he elected to sign with the Saint John Sea Dogs instead. Cam did not seem 100% solid with BC at the time of his commitment so this could not have been a big surprise to York. Peter Reynolds has also opted to sign with the Sea Dogs and will not play for the Eagles. Reynolds and MacDonald are both Canadian natives.
A quick football note-BC quarterback Phil Jurkovec (transfer from Notre Dame) has not yet been granted an NCAA waiver that would allow him to play this season. Many other transfers have been granted immediate waivers to play by the same NCAA. As rumors continue to mount that college football schools are growing tired of the chaotic NCAA bureaucracy (think Government/Swamp)-maybe the time for separation is close at hand. The Eagles could utilize the talented Jurkovec right away not only to add to the offense this season but to speed his development for future seasons. Jurkovec was not going to be the Notre Dame Quarterback and was reluctant to say (Boston Herald story) much about his experience under Irish coach Brian Kelly.