College team: Boston University (NCAA)
Born: Long Beach, N.Y.
Measurables: 6-foot, 208 pounds
2015-16 stats: 37 games, three goals, 22 assists, 25 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 6 (North America)
Lowdown: It didn’t take the college kid long to learn a thing or two. While playing in the United States Hockey League last season, McAvoy’s elite talent level allowed him to take shortcuts. Bad decisions didn’t cost him because he could use other skills to overcome them. That’s not how it works when players move up a level. McAvoy had a tough start in the NCAA this year, but he cleaned up the mistakes in a hurry and made the Hockey East All-Rookie team.
Blessed with good skating ability, McAvoy was only 17 when the season started for Boston University. He prefers the offensive side of the game, but he doesn’t lack defensive ability. The solidly built defender can play physically, too. Skating against older collegiate players and in the well-defined system at BU has benefitted McAvoy.
He’s not as tall as the other top prospects in the draft. He still has a few steps to take in his development.
He said it: “I’m a two-way defenseman, someone who tries to play as complete as I can. I think I’m a power-play guy. I like to join the rush as much as I can. At the same time I’m responsible defensively. I was able to play on the penalty kill.” – McAvoy at NHL Scouting Combine.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 24-25 in First Niagara Center.