Whether it is this coming season or the one after, it could appear that Boston College wouldn’t be a bad destination for Force defenseman Garrett Haar.
By now most know that Haar, who was drafted by the Washington Capitals a few weeks ago, impressed management so much at the development camp that general manager George McPhee said that he wanted Haar out of the USHL and in college this coming season.
McPhee put in a phone call to BC coach Jerry York, who coached McPhee, the 1982 Hobey Baker Award winner, in college at Bowling Green State. Haar was committed to Northeastern and decommitted a day after he was drafted by the Capitals after coach Greg Cronin left the program to be an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
When Haar decommitted he had a list of schools – North Dakota, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Denver and Boston University – where he’d like to play college hockey. He hasn’t received any offers from those schools but he has received offers from UMass-Lowell and Western Michigan. Haar said that he declined offers from both schools.
Not too long ago there was a blog post regarding how Haar would fit in at each school on his list and the prospects were challenging to say the least. In regards to BC, however, the chances of Haar getting time there would pretty decent.
Boston College returns all seven of its defensemen for next season including three incoming players, according to Chris Heisenberg’s recruiting list. Two of those defensemen are seniors and one of them, Brian Dumolin, will be a junior next year. Dumolin, a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick among other things, is one of the hottest prospects in college hockey and there’s always a chance he could leave the program early.
Assuming he does leave, that would free up three spots for the 2012-13 season and one of those could be snagged by Haar. Of course he’d have to fight for playing time but that’s bound to happen anywhere.