It almost didn't happen. Jonathan Barry was committed to play lacrosse at Providence College. The Hanover, Mass. native had a change of heart and reconsidered hockey.
That decision has paid off - in the form of a scholarship offer to play college hockey at Northeastern and a likely late round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Barry, who will play the upcoming season in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms, scored five goals and added 29 assists for Tony Amonte's Thayer Academy Tigers. His offensive instincts from the blue line are terrific and the athletic defenseman has some true mojo back there.
Barry played his midget hockey with the Neponset Valley River Rats after playing some with the Cape Cod Whalers and East Coast Militia. He will likely hear his name called in either the sixth or seventh round.
Central Scouting Final Ranking: 147
Hometown: Hanover, Mass.
2013-14 Team: Thayer Academy (New England Prep)
2014-15 Team: Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
Strengths: Strong, versatile offensive defenseman who is capable in own zone
Weaknesses: still needs to learn some of nuances of game
Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.