Player: Charlie McAvoy
Drafted By: Bruins
Final Central Scouting Ranking: #6 (North American Skaters)
Height/Weight: 6’0.25″/199 pounds
Most Recent Affiliation: Boston University
Hailing from Long Beach, New York, Charlie McAvoy actually played hockey on rollerblades before he played it on the ice. Formerly a member of the USNTDP, McAvoy was a freshman at Boston University this season, and was also the youngest player in college hockey, as he didn’t turn 18 until December. In 37 games with BU, McAvoy had 25 points (3 goals, 22 assists). He is expected to return to Boston University in the fall.
He also has a decent amount of international experience under his belt, winning gold with the US at at the U18 World Championships his last season with the NTDP, and winning bronze with the US at this year’s World Junior Championships. Expect McAvoy to be a lock for this year’s World Junior Championships team if he does stay at BU.
Full Scouting Report
Considered one of the top defensemen available in the draft, McAvoy is an excellent skater, which allows him to be incredibly effective when transitioning the puck down the ice and out of his own zone. He has good gap control, is a confident puck carrier, and can be a real danger to opposing teams on the power play.
He has excellent hockey sense, thinking the game well and slowing it down when he needs to. He has a heavy shot, and is promising offensively, though his decision-making could stand to improve a bit. He also needs to learn where the line is when it comes to physical play. Still, there’s no denying that McAvoy has the potential to be a top-notch defender in the NHL.