TORONTO - While in Boston on Monday night, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher visited with prospect forward Jordan Greenway, playing his junior season at Boston University.
Greenway, a potential U.S. Olympian in February, was Minnesota's second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, No. 50 overall and is considered one of the top prospects in the organization.
Greenway is an alternate captain with a Terriers team that went to the Frozen Four last spring but returns a much younger roster to the fold. BU started the season ranked No. 2 in the country, but a 4-5-0 start to the season has dropped it down in the rankings.
"We've had a couple of rough weekends, but we've got a young club," Greenway said. "We've gotta adjust -- gotta simplify things a little bit -- I think everybody is trying to do too much. But we're only 10 games into the season. We'll figure it out pretty soon."
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Greenway expected some growing pains over the summer, especially with a young team. Several players, including Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, left school early following last season, meaning BU was going to have no choice but to go young.
Going back and being a leader of that group was something Greenway was looking forward to when he made his decision to return to school.
"It's been good. I knew most of the freshmen that came in this year, so it's been easier to help them out and get them acclimated," Greenway said. "It's been good for me. I haven't had that role in a while so it's been fun. I'm really taking advantage of it."
Greenway and McAvoy are close friends and the latter has not been shy about what the professional game has been like. Greenway said the two still talk often, with McAvoy giving Greenway a little preview of what the next step may be like for him.
"He tells me all the time what he's doing and it sounds like a great lifestyle he's living," Greenway said. "He says its unbelievable to come out in an environment like this and be able to play the game he loves every night. That's something I want to do moving forward, so that makes me happy and motivates me that much more to keep on doing well and try to get to this next step."
For now, Greenway's focus remains on the Terriers and the prospect of potentially playing for an Olympic Gold Medal in February. With NHLers not headed to PyeongChang, South Korea, it's possible select college players like Greenway could be picked for the club.
He hasn't been told whether he's on the team or not, but said he feels prepared if the opportunity comes along.
"I don't think I've played as well as I wanted to here in the first few games of the season, but I still have a month or two to show them what I can do," Greenway said. "I do think I could play in the Olympics."