2009-10: Ian McCoshen, a native of Faribault, MN, attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s in his hometown and skated for the school’s bantam team. In 58 games he scored 21 goals with 35 assists and had 46 penalty minutes.
2010-11: McCoshen played in the USHL as a 15-year-old, skating in 42 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks. He had 6 assists and was -9 with 38 penalty minutes. McCoshen played in two playoff games for Waterloo and was -1 with no points or penalty minutes. The Saginaw Spirit selected him in the sixth round (112th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.
2011-12: McCoshen returned to Waterloo for a second USHL season and represented the USA in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge. In 55 games with the Black Hawks he scored 8 goals with 12 assists and was +4 with 43 penalty minutes. Waterloo reached the USHL finals against Green Bay after finishing third in the West during the season. In 15 playoff games McCosh scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +4 with 6 penalty minutes. In five games at the WJAC he had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes.
2012-13: McCoshen spent a third season in the USHL with Waterloo and in November committed to playing college hockey at Boston College in 2013-14. In 53 games with the Black Hawks he scored 11 goals with 33 assists – both career highs – and was +35 with 48 penalty minutes. Waterloo finished third in the West Division. McCoshen scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -2 in the five-game playoff series with Fargo. McCoshen took part in the 2012 All-American Top Prospects Game, and also was chosen to play in the 2013 USHL Top Prospects Game. He was ranked 24th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Florida in the second round (31st overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: McCoshen skated in 35 of 40 games for Boston College as a freshman and represented the USA in the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was +22 with 48 penalty minutes playing for one of college hockey’s top teams. The Eagles won the Hockey East regular season title and were among the top-ranked teams in the country most of the year. The Eagles were upset by Notre Dame in a three-game Hockey East quarterfinal series but rebounded to capture the NCAA Northeast Regional — defeating Denver and Massachusetts-Lowell — before falling to eventual national champion Union, 5-4, in a Frozen Four semifinal game. McCoshen skated in five games at the WJC and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes. The USA finished fifth, falling to Russia, 5-3, in the quarterfinals.
McCoshen has the type of size that NHL teams covet in a defender but doesn't always put that size to good use. He has some offensive ability, including an above-average snapshot, that would be useful on any NHL power-play. McCoshen uses his long reach well and is generally sound in his own end but could stand to be a bit more physical with opposing forwards.
McCoshen is a sophomore at Boston College in 2014-15 and skated in his second World Junior Championship tournament for the USA in January. Often teamed with 2015 draft-eligible defenseman Noah Hanifan with both the Eagles and the USA squad, he is playing with poise and confidence and showing an offensive side to his game. McCoshen's combination of skating ability, size and skill suggest a fairly high upside to his potential and he could face a tough decision following the season as to whether to sign a professional contract or continue playing college hockey. Long-term McCoshen projects as a top pairing defender with the ability to control the play.