NTDP '98-born defenseman Chad Krys announced via Twitter on Friday that he has verbally committed to Boston University
Excited to announce that I will play college hockey at Boston University. Can't wait to be in beantown! #cawlidgehawkey @TerrierHockey— Chad Krys (@chadkrys) August 14, 2015
Krys is a huge pick-up for the Terriers as he has established himself as arguably the top defenseman in his age group in the United States and is a very strong candidate to be a first round, possibly even high first round draft choice in next June's NHL Draft.
I wrote this scouting report on Krys from this past October:
Krys is the biggest standout of the [NTDP U17 defense]. He consistently joined the rush as a fourth forward, yet I didn't see a single instance where he got caught out of position and didn't make it back into his position. It's like there were two of him out there. He's super-patient with the puck because any time he is pressured, he can use his superior skating ability to spin away from trouble and keep possession of the puck. He holds both blue lines really well because he doesn't have to worry as much about getting beat with his skating ability. Even the one time I saw him get beat--Dylan Malmquist came down the wing 1-on-1 with him and Malmquist made a nice move that got Krys to cross his feet over--he was able to recover with two quick strides and still make the play.
In the offensive zone, he's definitely looking to pass first. His shot is okay, but not special.He's got tremendous vision though, and did a terrific job finding passing lanes.
Krys is still uncommitted at this point, with Moncton(QMJHL) holding his CHL rights. His dad is a former captain at BU, so they might hold an edge, but he's a potential star player, every big school will give him their best shot.
Krys was called up from the U17 team to the U18 team in the second half of last season and played with Team USA at the World U18 Championships where he won a gold medal. Krys was also invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp as a potential candidate for next year's US World Juniors team.
As mentioned above, he's following in his father's footsteps to Boston University. His dad, Mark, played with the Terriers from 1987-1991, captaining the '90-'91 squad in his senior season.