Noah Hanifin, who was given an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list, is a freshman at Boston College in Hockey East. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman, who has two goals and seven points in 17 games for the Eagles this season, was one of 30 players invited to the United States National Junior Team selection camp on the campus of Boston University from Dec. 16-19. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program in 2013-14. Hanifin, considered by many to be the best defenseman available at the 2015 NHL Draft, had one goal and five points for the United States at the IIHF 2014 World U-18 Championship. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla.
Hello from Boston!
It's been an extremely competitive camp so far and everyone here is so talented. I don't want to say it's easier, but it's such a high tempo that I really feel like I fit in here. I like to play an up-tempo game and play the game fast and it's been nothing but that, so it's been really competitive and everyone is fighting for a spot. And no spot is guaranteed. It's been great so far and I just can't wait to get back on the ice for the next drill and practice in order to prove myself.
Every single day it's a battle and we all know someone is going to cut (beginning Friday night). Obviously I don't want it to be me so every day I'm going to go out there and work as hard as I can to make certain it's not me. At the same time you don't want to think about that too much and just focus on the drill. I'm trying to do what I can to get better that day, impress the coaching staff and help the team win a gold medal if given the chance.