Madison Capitols (USHL) goaltender Ryan Edquist has switched his commitment to Boston College from Minnesota. Edquist announced his decision via Twitter Friday night.
Very honored to announce that I will now be playing hockey at Boston College this fall! Thanks to all who have helped along the way! #Eagles— Ryan Edquist (@RyanEdquist31) May 7, 2016
Along with fellow 1998-born freshman Joseph Woll, Edquist will be trying to replace Thatcher Demko after the junior and 2016 Mike Richter Award winner signed a pro contract with the Vancouver Canucks last month. He will be joining an Eagles team coming off of a Hockey East regular season title (with Providence) and Frozen Four appearance.
Edquist, who finished this past year with a .906 save percentage in 27 games for the Capitols, was expected to spend another year in juniors with Minnesota having a backlog of goalies.
Prior to playing in the USHL the 6'0", 165 lbs goalie was a part of a Lakeville North (MN-HS) team that went a perfect 31-0-0 en route to winning the 2015 Minnesota Class AA title. Edquist also spent two seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary's.
While not listed among NHL Central Scouting's North American goalies as a 2016 Draft Eligible, Edquist is considered highly enough to be a true freshman goalie playing college hockey.
Edquist originally verbally committed to Minnesota in August 2013 as a 15 year-old. At the time he was thought of as one of the top 1998-born goaltenders in the nation.
Since then the Gophers have also reshuffled its goaltender recruits. After bringing in three goalies to campus over the past two seasons - each committing after Edquist - he was not one of the five players who signed a LOI for Minnesota during the early signing period last fall. Logan Halladay was let out of LOI (eventually committing to Merrimack) and replaced by Eric Schierhorn, who backstopped the Gophers as a freshman.
Edquist's decision leaves Minnesota currently without a goalie commit in its recruiting pipeline.
Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate