USA Hockey announced on Saturday morning that Boston College freshman Cayla Barnes would be added to the 2017-2018 women’s national team roster. Barnes will join the team immediately, which is currently centralized in Florida as they prepare for the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics.
Barnes was one of the top incoming recruits in all of women’s college hockey this year, coming to the Eagles as the first player ever to win three gold medals at the World U18 championships. Listed at 5-1, Barnes is a smaller defender, but exceptional at moving the puck and creating offense, with the skating ability to join a rush.
It’s been a slow start to her career at Boston College. She’s been held off the scoresheet in her first five games, in part because senior Toni Ann Miano has been excellent running the point on the Eagles’ top power play unit, limiting those opportunities to pick up points for Barnes. But it has been clear that with her talent, Barnes has the potential to be an exceptional college hockey player once she adjusts to the faster pace of the NCAA game.
Having only played five games, Barnes would still be eligible to take a redshirt this season, and come back to Boston College with freshman eligibility next year, though then would not be able to take redshirt for what would be her senior year, should she make the 2022 Olympic team.