Late last month, we talked about the upcoming battle between Boston College and the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for the services of star recruit, and potential first round 2017 NHL Draft pick Eeli Tolvanen.
Tolvanen committed to the Eagles in mid-June, but was selected by the Generals in the CHL Import Draft, and playing in the OHL would void his NCAA eligibility.
It appears round one has gone to the Eagles. Ryan Kennedy of the The Hockey News reported on Tuesday that Tolvanen will return to the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, indicating he's on track to play for the Eagles in the 2017-2018 season.
These battles are never officially over until a player steps foot on campus--and even then aren't necessarily complete, a la Jeremy Bracco--but a first major hurdle has been cleared. It's also tremendous news for the USHL, which will have another potential top draft pick playing in their league and helping to elevate its' status as a top NHL prospect producer.