Boston Beanpot Preview

Josh Tessler

2020-02-02

Cayden Primeau makes a spectacular save against Aapeli Räsänen at last year’s Beanpot. Photo courtesy of https://www.collegehockeynews.com/

 

On Monday afternoon, the 68th Annual Beanpot Tournament will kick off at TD
Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern University will take on Harvard
University at 5:00 pm EST and then Boston College will face their nemesis Boston
University at 8:00 pm EST.

 

The other day, Brian Kelley, the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and
Communications at Boston University Athletics tweeted that this year’s Beanpot will be
televised across Canada and the United States. For a while now, Beanpot has mainly
had only local coverage, but this year, the event organizers are changing things up. Not
only will hockey fans in New England be able to watch Beanpot on NESN, but
Americans from coast-to-coast will have the opportunity to tune in on NHL Network and
Canadians from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island can tune in on TSN2.

 

Harvard

 

In the first game, as mentioned above, the Harvard Crimson will be facing the
Northeastern Huskies. At the moment, the Crimson are in third place in the ECAC
hockey standings. Clarkson and Cornell have slightly better records, but the Crimson
have the talent to leap past them. Casey Dornbach (No NHL Rights), Nicholas
Abruzzese (Toronto Maple Leafs prospect), Jack Drury (Carolina Hurricanes prospect)
and John Farinacci (Arizona Coyotes prospect) has been leading the charge in the
offensive zone. Between the four forwards, they have combined for 39 goals and 61
assists.

If I had to pick one forward to keep an eye on, it is Abruzzese. Recently, I wrote a
prospect breakdown on the Maple Leafs prospect for a new up and coming Leafs blog
site, The Leafs Beat. While Abruzzese was an over-ager selection in the 2019 NHL
Entry Draft, he has certainly remained rather consistent with his offensive production
and the Maple Leafs might have a diamond in the rough. It is still early in his
development, but it is great to see how the Slate Hill, New York native has evolved
since his first season (2017-18) in the USHL with the Chicago Steel.
In the defensive zone, the Crimson are led by Jack Rathbone (Vancouver
Canucks prospect), Reilly Walsh (New Jersey Devils prospect) and Henry Thrun
(Anaheim Ducks prospect).

Rathbone is an exciting left-handed defenseman to watch out for. At his current
pace, the West Roxbury, Massachusetts native is set to lap his point totals from last
season. In 17 games played this season, Rathbone has tallied four goals and 14
assists. He has missed a few games due to an upper-body injury, but the 20-year-old
returned to the lineup on Friday night against Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Below are some video highlights of Rathbone. In the first video clip, we see
Rathbone completes a saucer pass from his own zone to the neutral zone. The pass
paves the way for a Harvard goal.

 

 

In the second clip, Rathbone is rushing up the ice on the penalty kill. He is
deploying a wide stride in order to get to the slot at a fast rate. Once in the slot, he
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