When the Beanpot tournament opens play Monday, 41 NHL draft picks will be skating between the four teams. Boston University and Boston College boast the most of the Beanpot schools, each with 12 players who were selected. Harvard’s roster holds nine picks, and Northeastern carries eight.
No Bruins picks will be playing in the tournament, but here is one pick from every school to watch during the 68th annual Beanpot tournament, which pits BU, BC, Harvard, and Northeastern against each other annually on the first two Mondays in February.
Trevor Zegras, Boston University
The ninth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry draft, Zegras fit right into the top line on a quieter BU team this season. A Bedford, N.Y. native, he has pulled together 25 points so far this season on seven goals and 18 assists. The 18-year-old participated in this year’s World Junior Championships, leading the tournament with nine assists through five games.
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An “elite, two-way forward,” Zegras was the fourth player in program history to record 100 assists with the United States’ National Team development program, where he played for two seasons. He won a bronze medal at the U18 World Championship, picking up nine assists.
If Zegras sticks to the plan he laid out after the 2019 draft, this might be the only opportunity to see him at the Garden in a BU uniform. According to the Orange Country Register, Zegras wants to spend just one season at BU before challenging for a roster spot with the Ducks.
Spencer Knight, Boston College
A freshman, Knight was selected in the first round (13th overall) in the 2019 draft by the Florida Panthers, becoming the first American goaltender to be a top-15 pick since 2010. His 2.04 goals against average ranks 10th in the NCAA. A U18 national team member, the Darien, Conn., native posted a 2.36 GAA and .913 save percentage with a 32-4-0 record in net last season.
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“It’s very rare to find a goaltender with that kind of mentality that he has,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told The Athletic in December. His ability and his hockey sense, all those things. He’s so calm in the net and he’s so fluid and very, very fun to watch. We like everything about him, and I’m excited we were able to draft him.
Jordan Harris, Northeastern
The sophomore was taken in the third round of the 2018 draft (71st overall). With three goals and 13 assists this season, the Haverhill, Mass., native is sixth on the team and leads all defensemen in point production.
He highlighted his two-way abilities at World Juniors, where he became the first Canadiens prospect to score a goal (off an assist from BU’s Zegras).
Took a few extra minutes but Team USA finally woke up. Great goal here from Jordan Harris, but the celly was less than elite.
Tie game. Now we go. pic.twitter.com/69UuofCcDV
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“He’s a puck-moving, intelligent defenseman with really great feet, and will probably come in and be our best skater right off the bat,” said Northeastern coach Jim Madigan before Harris made his entrance into the Northeastern lineup last season.
Reilly Walsh, Harvard
An All-Ivy League honorable mention and Third Team All-ECAC selection in 2018-19, the junior defender is poised for a breakout year – not that the New Jersey Devils’s third-round pick from the 2017 Entry Draft has been quiet. The North Hampton, N.H., native has started every game of his career in crimson.
He was named to the preseason All-ECAC team this year.
“The past couple years I’ve focused a lot on just on-ice stuff, which is really important because you can’t make it to the NHL if you’re not a good hockey player,” Walsh told NorthJersey.com in July. “But I think I’ve learned a lot more in the values of the on-ice but you can’t perform at your best if you don’t have good habits.”
Walsh has five goals and 13 helpers so far this season. Even more impressive is that three of those goals have come on the power play, leading all defensemen in that category.
Reilly Walsh scores off the one timer feed from Rathbone on the powerplay! Perfect on the powerplay for the Crimson tonight! Harvard leads 3-0! #GoCrimson
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The Beanpot tournament gets underway Monday at 5 p.m.