It’s rare for their to be big recruiting news in college hockey these days, with so many players committing well before they can drive a car, but this one probably qualifies.
Waterloo(USHL) ‘99-born forward Shane Bowers announced that he has chosen Boston University for next season:
Excited to play college hockey at Boston University. Looking forward to being a part of the BU tradition! Can't wait to be a Terrier!— Shane Bowers (@shanebowers15) October 27, 2016
Bowers is considered a potential first round pick in next summer’s NHL Draft, receiving an ‘A’ rating in NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Rankings. He’s averaging a point-per-game with the Blackhawks through nine games so far. He was also one of two NCAA-eligible players to make Canada’s Ivan Hlinka Tournament team last summer.
A native of Nova Scotia, Bowers was selected fourth overall in the 2015 QMJHL Draft by Cape Breton, but Bowers instead opted to sign with Waterloo, to keep his NCAA options open. Last spring, Bowers was re-entered into the QMJHL Draft, and his rights were acquired by his hometown Halifax Mooseheads, but Bowers again opted to stay on the NCAA route.
It’s another big recruiting win for David Quinn and Boston University, beating out Wisconsin and Boston College as the finalists for Bowers.