Long before freshman center Jack Eichel entered Boston University, he was actually a big fan of Boston College.
|Jack Eichel (Noah Buchanan/BU Athletics)
"I wanted to go to BC when I was younger," the native of Chelmsford, Mass., said. "If you were to go into my room, you would've seen BC posters everywhere. But as I got older, it ended up that Boston University was a better fit.
"At the end of the day, I just saw myself more as a Terrier than an Eagle."
Eichel, 18, will look to defend that choice when Boston University pays a visit to Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College on Friday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the first game of the season between the Hockey East rivals.
What will make this year's matchup that much more intense, however, is the potential battle the sellout crowd will be in for when Eichel goes head-to-head with Boston College freshman defenseman Noah Hanifin. Eichel and Hanifin, both A-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, are potential top-three picks in the draft.
Eichel was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month for October; he leads the conference with seven points (three goals, four points) in league play.