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Boston University's McAvoy named Hockey East's top rookie

Freshman defenseman had four assists in opening playoff round

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy, No. 9 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Monday.

McAvoy, a 6-foot, 208-pound right-handed freshman, had a career-high four assists in a 5-4 win against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament on Saturday. McAvoy was on the ice for all five goals by the Terriers, who will play the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in a best-of-3 quarterfinal round series beginning Friday.

The Long Beach, N.Y., native became the first defenseman from Boston University to have four assists in a game since Matt Gilroy had four assists against Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 28, 2009.

"He has a real pro game to him," NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory said. "He's a player who, because of his late birthdate (Dec. 21. 1997), has played with players already drafted at a very high level for a long time but has shown the kind of game that really translates well to the pro game."

McAvoy leads all Boston defensemen with 23 points (three goals, 20 assists). He's fifth on the Terriers with a plus-14 rating.

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