Ramblings: Byram, The Beanpot, U18 5 Nations Tourney, Rankings, & More (Feb 8)

Cam Robinson



The illustrious Beanpot title is on the line after the semi-finals were completed earlier this week. This mini-tournament pits the top NCAA schools from the Massachusetts region against one another for the prestigious 65-year-old trophy.


Boston College defeated Harvard in the first tilt on the back of a Jack McBain game-winner. The Wild third-round selection from 2018 has been steadily improving throughout his freshman season at BC. A powerful centre with some offensive upside, McBain was considered a first-round talent for much of his time leading up to his draft-eligible campaign.


There remains some nice upside there.


In the second game of the evening, Northeastern took on Boston University. This was an exciting back-and-forth game that was decided in overtime by Vancouver prospect, Tyler Madden. His breakaway goal was nice, but his celly was for the ages.



Madden is making a claim to be the best value pick from the 2018 class. Taken 68th overall by the Canucks, he’s been dynamite as the top line centre for the Huskies this season, and was a swiss army knife for the Americans at the WJC.