Chris Calnan
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Chris Calnan


Norwell Massachusetts

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3rd round (79th overall), 2012


205 lbs.

Probability of Success
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2009-10: Chris Calnan attended Thayer Academy and participated in USA Hockey’s 2010 Select-16 Festival in June.

2010-11: Calnan scored 14 goals with 11 assists in 26 games as a sophomore after transferring from Thayer Academy to Nobles and Greenough.

2011-12: Calnan had an impressive season with the Cape Cod Whalers U18 team and scored 28 goals with 27 assists in 29 games as a junior for Nobles and Greenough. Nobles reached the NEPSIHA championship game and Calnan was named to the All-Independent School League and New England Prep all star teams. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 69th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Chicago selected Calnan in the third round (79th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He committed to playing college hockey at Boston College in 2013-14.

2012-13: Calnan chose to forego his senior season at Noble and Greenough – skating instead with the South Shore Kings in the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Calnan was the Kings’ leading scorer with 49 points and was fifth in the EJHL with 27 goals. South Shore finished second in the Southern Division. Calnan scored 2 goals with 2 penalty minutes in the two-game playoff series against the Valley Junior Warriors.

2013-14: Calnan skated in 37 of 40 games for Boston College as a freshman. Primarily seeing fourth line action on a line with Adam Gilmour (MIN) and Brendan Silk on one of the top teams in the country, he scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was plus-12 with 23 penalty minutes. After finishing the regular season 25-4-4 and capturing the Hockey East regular season title, the Eagles were upset by Notre Dame in a best-of-three quarterfinal series in the conference tournament. BC defeated Massachusetts-Lowell to capture the NCAA Northeast Regional championship and lost to eventual national champion Union in the Frozen Four semifinals.

2014-15: Calnan was the third-leading goal scorer for Boston College as a sophomore with 11 goals in 37 games. He had 5 assists and was +12 with 8 penalty minutes. BC finished tied with eventual national champion Providence for second in Hockey East, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional after falling to Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals. The Eagles lost, 5-2, to Denver in the East Regional semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Calnan is a hard-working player with offensive skill who has a high level of endurance.  He has added strength and bulk since being selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. Calnan has the makings a prototypical power forward, and a player against whom opposing players hate to play. Calnan is a fast and agile skater who makes use of that ability, especially in the offensive zone. 


Calnan is entering his junior season at Boston College in 2015-16 and will be a team captain for the Eagles. After scoring 11 goals last season, he will be counted on to play a prominent role as BC is once again expected to be one of the nation's top teams. Long--term Calnan should continue to refine his game at the college level and has the makings of an effective top-six forward .


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