As you probably know by now, juniors Cam Atkinson and Jimmy Hayes have signed their NHL contracts and will effectively forgo their senior years at Boston College. Atkinson, who scored 31 goals and 21 assists this year, will be assigned to the Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. Hayes tallied 21 goals and 12 assists for the Eagles will be playing for the Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
While disappointed, I can't say I am surprised at both of these departures. Both of these guys are terrific players who are ready for the next level. But obviously this hurts next year's team. Along with Atkinson and Hayes, BC will lose seniors Brian Gibbons and Joe Whitney. Those guys are four of our top offensive threats and will not be easily replaced. The 2011-12 hockey team will have a lot of holes to fill. Let's hope we can keep Kreider.
But, like the BC folks on twitter keep pointing out, we still have Jerry York. Nuff said.