Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on NHL Central's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, completed his freshman season at Boston College in Hockey East in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound left-shot defenseman had five goals and 23 points 37 games. He also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program in 2013-14. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. This latest entry came after his college hockey season.
I would say as a whole, I could not have been more grateful for my experience this first year at Boston College. Aside from obviously learning from some of the top minds in our game, what I appreciated most was learning a schedule of balance. The time dedicated to practice and training is a lot, but the demands our academics places on us can be difficult if you don't have your own system of balance in place.
Working with head coach (Jerry) York, coach (Greg) Brown and coach (Mike) Ayers has been extremely valuable. Coach Brown has a heavy hand in our defensive scheme, so I spent a lot of time working with him. Anytime you're able to learn from someone with the experiences he's had is so valuable.