Yesterday afternoon TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted that 2015 1st round draft pick (21st overall) Colin White was probably going to choose to stay in the NCAA with Boston College for the 2016 – 2017 season, rather than turn pro
and probably play with the Senators.
Before being drafted by the Senators with their second first round draft pick last June, Colin White picked up 17 points in 20 games (4-13) with the U.S National Development Team in the USHL.
While playing for Boston College, White scored 19 goals and 24 helpers for 43 points in 37 games. He was tied 5th overall in points, 5th in goals scored, he had the most short handed points, 5th best plus – minus (+24), and led all Hockey East Freshmen in scoring. White walked away from his first season with the Bernie Burke Award for the most Outstanding Freshman.
White also played for the USA in the IIHF World U20 Championships in Helsinki picking up 7 points (3-4) in 7 games.
Hockeys Future had this to say about White:
White is a dominating two-way center with elite hockey IQ. He has incredible anticipation and awareness, and his offensive skill-set gives him plenty of upside.White could become the team’s top-line center in the future.
While Future Consideration’s said:
Strong, well-rounded, two-way center…one of the best skaters for this draft…great speed with an excellent stride and tremendous acceleration…moves quickly and is tough to handle when he hits top speed…has great strength on his skates and is tough to separate from the puck…battles hard for possession…drives the net and is strong in close…can beat a goalie in many ways…has a great shot and also distributes the puck well…a very hard worker with an edge to his game…great on defense with a great defensive stick and strong defensive-zone awareness…always in the right spots on the ice and he is a tremendous worker. (August 2014)
And finally from Elite Prospects:
A prolific scoring threat, White is a strong 3-zone player with an eye for scoring chances. Thinks the game at a high level and always seeks to make an impact on the ice, with or without the puck. Never seems to be outbodied and is an exceptional skater. Puck-possession is definitely a strength. All-in-all, a skilled, 200-foot player who does all of the little things right and is able to make a large impact on the game and its outcome. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Sens fans might have to wait another season or two before they get to see White, but all indications are that when he does arrive they’ll be getting on hell of a center, too soon to say the next Patrice Bergeron?