“Tomorrow Is A Long Time”
Charlie McAvoy-Defense, Boston University Terriers
As a WJC Gold Medal was being hung around Charlie McAvoy’s neck last week, the Boston Bruins were busy coughing up another lead en route to a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers. The contrast of the two moments was enough for me to take to Twitter and suggest (facetiously) burning a year off of McAvoy’s ELC and putting him on the next flight to Boston.
The BU sophomore was a dynamo for the entire tournament. He made the big plays. He made the little plays. McAvoy led all Team USA players in ice time, playing in every conceivable situation. He finished the tournament with two goals, six points, and was a plus-6 through seven games. Shortly after winning gold, he was named the player of the game, as well as a First Team All-Star for his stellar play.
At BU, McAvoy anchors the blue line on a team overflowing with talent. His 14 points through 18 games pace the unit, and his ability to excel in all situations have earned numerous Drew Doughty comparisons. He’s built like a block of iron at 6’0″, 210 pounds. He skates like the wind, possesses a hard shot with a quick release, makes tape-to-tape passes, and can lay the thunder like few others (ask Lawson Crouse). He is the complete package.
McAvoy is looking more and more like an absolute steal as the 14th pick in this past year’s draft. He’s as untouchable as a prospect can be. Most likely, Bruins fans can expect him to be competing for (and earning) a spot in next season’s training camp. Hell, he might even suit up for a game or two toward the end of this season. He’s ready.