2015-16 Team: Boston University (#7)
Date of birth: December 21, 1997
Place of birth: Long Beach, New York
Ht: 6’0” Wt: 208 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 1st year eligible
THW The Next Ones Ranking (February): 23
- THW War Room Rankings: 20
- ISS: 23
- Future Considerations: 14
- Bob McKenzie (TSN): 14
- Craig Button (TSN): 22
- HockeyProspect.com: 13
- McKeen’s Hockey: 12
- Pike’s Picks: 41
- Consensus: 18
McAvoy had a successful season at the NCAA level. He gathered 25 points (3g-22a) in 37 games for the Boston University Terriers. Along with his offensive output, the 18-year-old defenceman added a plus-10 rating and 56 penalty minutes.
Regardless of who picks him, he’s expected to go in the first round of the NHL draft. A confident blue liner, he uses his speed to create opportunities off the rush and maximizes his offensive skill with his ability to handle the puck with poise.
His shot makes him a strong candidate to quarterback a team’s power play in the near future and he sees the game like a top-four defensive player should. While he’s only six feet tall, he does bring a sort of nastiness to his came and doesn’t shy away from the physicality in the corners.
NHL Draft Projection:
While he likely won’t be one of the top three defenceman to go in the draft (with Jacob Chychrun, Olli Juolevi and Mikhail Sergachev), McAvoy will certainly be a late first-round pick. His size and skill will make him a solid prospect for teams looking to bulk up their depth on the blue line. While he’s still likely a year or two away from the NHL, he’ll make one team really happy with their first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Scouts love the risk-taking of McAvoy, especially because his gambles usually pay off. The confident and mobile defender had the game-winning goal in the Terriers’ 3-1 Beanpot win over Northeastern.
Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News
The 6-foot, 208-pound right-shot defender already plays a pro-style game. He might not be flashy but consistently has been steady as a freshman playing a top-four role at Boston University.
Mike Morreale, NHL.com
Charlie has been an elite player for a long time. He’s got the great skills and vision and he’s a big, strong kid that skates well. He’s one of the top freshman defenceman in college hockey.
David Quinn, Boston University head coach
- Hockey IQ
Under Construction (Improvements to Make):
- Hitting within the rules
- Defensive zone coverage
McAvoy has the potential to play on a team’s top two pairings. While he might not be guaranteed a top pairing job, he can certainly play himself into one. His shot and confidence in his stick handling makes him a great candidate for a top power play unit. While he won’t be able to slide into any team’s lineup right off the bat – like Aaron Ekblad did – he will make his presence known within the next few years.
NHL Player(s) Comparison – Drew Doughty
Risk: 2/5 Reward: 4/5
Fantasy Hockey Potential:
Offensive: 7.5/10 Defensive: 6.5/10
- 2012-2013 MetJHL Offensive Defenseman of the Year
- 2013-2014 U17 World Hockey Championship Gold Medal
- 2014-2015 U18 World Junior Championship Gold Medal
- 2015-2016 NCAA (Hockey East) All-Rookie Team
- 2015-2016 U20 World Junior Championship Bronze Medal
- Prospect of Interest: The 411 on Charlie McAvoy (Sportsnet)
- BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy earns high praise leading into NHL draft (Boston Herald)
Shots From the Slot (Interesting Notes):
While McAvoy did decide to head to Boston University and the NCAA, he was drafted in the sixth round (113th overall) of the 2013 OHL Priority Draft by the Kitchener Rangers.
THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.