Even in a virtual format, the NHL Draft is always a dream come true for players around the world. From teenagers to young adults, the draft is a memorable night for all involved and is certainly an exciting opportunity for those just beginning their collegiate sports career.
Three Boston College Men’s Hockey players heard their names called on Day 2 of the draft on Wednesday night. They are all incoming freshmen and have yet to play here on the Heights.
The Eagles who were drafted included forward Trevor Kuntar (Boston Bruins), defenseman Eamon Powell (Tampa Bay Lightning), and forward Colby Ambrosio (Colorado Avalanche).
Kuntar was the first Eagle to be drafted, going 89th overall in the third round to the hometown Boston Bruins. Originally a Harvard commit, Kuntar joined the Eagles to showcase his talents after the Ivy League sports were postponed until January 1st.
After getting overlooked in last year’s draft, Kuntar had an outstanding following season, playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the Youngstown Phantoms. He put up 28 goals and 25 assists (53 points) to become a Top 10 point-getter in the league.
“I just couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity. The work starts now.”
Powell was next off the board in the fourth round, going 116th overall to the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Powell played with the US National Development Program this past year, highlighting his talents as a premier two-way defenseman with elite skating and IQ.
Powell comes with the potential to become a top-line defenseman. The Eagles will help develop and grow Powell before he heads off to the NHL.
Two picks after Powell, Ambrosio was the last Eagle to get selected in this year’s draft, going 118th overall in the fourth round to a highly-skilled Colorado Avalanche squad. Like Kuntar, he also played in the USHL with the Tri-City Storms, putting up 50 points in 48 games.
He joins current Eagles Alex Newhook and Drew Helleson as players in the Avalanche prospect-pipeline.
While all three have been drafted by professional programs, that does not prevent them from playing for the Eagles this upcoming season, should the season occur as scheduled.
Players can spend as much time as they would like at BC for extra seasoning before hitting the NHL. They may also leave as early as possible if the opportunity is too good to pass up (like Oliver Wahlstrom did in 2018-2019).
Either way, all three players are joining a BC Men’s Hockey team that is comprised of virtually all top-performers next season. With this bevy of elite skaters at his disposal, Head Coach Jerry York should hopefully maneuver an immensely talented squad to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2016.
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