Boston University sophomore defenseman Charlie McAvoy will forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility to begin his professional career with the Boston Bruins organization.
The 2016 first round pick will finish the season on an ATO with the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL affiliate. His NHL entry-level contract will begin with the 2017-18 season.
McAvoy finished this past season with five goals and 21 assists in 38 games for the Terriers. He had three goals and 22 assists as a freshman in 2015-16. The Long Beach, NY native was an alternate captain and played a big role in Team USA winning the Gold Medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
McAvoy is an elite puck-moving defenseman with terrific wheels, good hands and uncanny poise with the puck on his stick. He’s also shown the ability to deliver some monster hits at times. The one knock on him this year was that he tried to do too much and was often times caught out of position in his own zone.