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Getting to Know: Bruins Draft Pick Charlie McAvoy (1st Round, 14th Overall)

by Eric Russo / Boston Bruins – The Boston Bruins selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy with the 14th overall pick on Friday night at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.

"Speechless," said McAvoy, just moments after being selected by the Bruins. "Boston’s an unbelievable city – great place, great people. Happy to be staying there."

Check out some facts and figures below:

Charlie McAvoy

1st Round, 14th overall

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-1

Weight: 200 pounds

Birthday: Dec. 21, 1997 (18 years old)

Hometown: Long Beach, N.Y.

Shoots: Right

Last team: Boston University (Hockey East)

Miscellaneous: McAvoy is no stranger to Boston, having played last season with Boston University. As a freshman, the blueliner tallied three goals and 22 assists in 37 games, along with a plus-10 rating and 56 penalty minutes. The 25 points were most among Terrier defenseman.

He was the youngest player in college hockey last season, as he did not turn 18 until Dec. 21, yet earned Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors. McAvoy was fellow Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk’s defense partner at BU.

Prior to joining BU, the New Yorker spent two seasons (2013-15) with the U.S. National Team Development Program. He competed for Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championship, earning a bronze medal. McAvoy also won a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney on McAvoy: "We’ve got a real good player, we got a real good player. We’ve got special qualities in Charlie, both on and off the ice, so we’re excited he’s apart of it. Obviously familiarity piece for us, we had some interest and knowledge from our [BU] guys Jakob [Forsbacka-Karlsson] and Matt about the quality of the person and his upside and skill set on the ice. We utilized that, as well. Our guys liked what they saw. We scratched below the surface for Charlie. He’s physically developed, he’s playing in a great program. We’ll see, take it year by year and see where he is. He could be a guy that surprises you pretty quickly."

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