Not many goalies have a lot of success during their freshman season in Hockey East, but UMass Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck has dominated college hockey so far this season.
Senior goaltender Parker Milner isn’t among Boston College’s seven drafted players, but he is still very much on the NHL radar these days. The Pittsburgh, PA native grabbed the attention of NHL teams last season with a phenomenal junior campaign that culminated with backstopping the Eagles to their fifth National Championship title. Milner’s miniscule 0.50 goals-against average tied the all-time NCAA tournament record, while his .982 save percentage ranks third all time.
On the back of University of North Dakota netminder Zane Gothberg’s helmet is a caricature of an elderly woman with long, curly hair, oversized oval-shaped earrings and large, black-rimmed glasses. She is holding a Diet Coke and has a sweater with UND ascribed across her chest. Below the picture are four words:
Love you Grandma Susie.
When you’re a first round draft pick, expectations can be exceedingly high. The challenge of meeting such expectations can be even more daunting when you’re adjusting not only to a higher level of play, but also to a new culture that has established itself as a winner. Such has been the case for Boston College freshman defenseman, Michael Matheson.
Having a senior class that can guide a mostly younger team is crucial in not only the success of the program but also in the development of their younger players. But, over the last several years, few NCAA teams have been hit harder by non-graduating player departures than Northeastern University.