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Big Defenseman Samuelsson Commits to BC

Matt Dewkett

2000-born defenseman Adam Samuelsson has verbally committed to play college hockey for Boston College. The Connecticut Junior Rangers blue liner is the son of former NHLer Ulf Samuelsson and the younger brother of former Eagle Philip Samuelsson.

The six-foot-three native of Rye, New York has good mobility for a player of his size and age. He has an above average initial pivot and has an adequate stride. His reach will certainly stick out to observers as will his active stick. He does a good job keeping opposing forwards to the outside and using his reach to pokecheck. He's solid on gap control and was just consistently very solid at this summer's USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp in Amherst, NY.

Samuelsson certainly projects as a shutdown defender. After playing his bantam year with the Mid Fairfield Junior Rangers, he's made the switch over to the CT Junior Rangers 16U team that competes in the USPHL. Samuelsson, who will certainly be a sought after pick in the 2016 USHL Phase I Futures Draft, will be eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.