Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2015 Draft Spotlight: Noah Hanifin

A regular feature on The Pipeline Show is our Draft Spotlight segment where we introduce hockey fans at large to a player they should know ahead of the next NHL Draft. Last night our guest was the consensus top ranked defenceman available in the Class of 2015, Noah Hanifin. 

The freshman at Boston College spoke at length with us about a variety of topics including why playing for the Eagles was the right NCAA choice. Also, how much of a temptation playing for a Memorial Cup with the Quebec Remparts.

That and much, much more after the jump. 

Noah Hanifin (D)
6'3, 205 lbs  Shoots: Left
Freshman, Boston College Eagles 

Hanifin's options this year were 3-fold; Boston College, The U18 squad with the US-NTDP or the Quebec Remparts in the CHL. 

At Boston College, Hanifin will play a maximum of 40-45 games, the U18 squad will play about 60 while the Remparts could play upwards of 100. It's a massive difference for a player who is expected to be in the NHL next season regardless of where he plays this year. 

Hanifin explained why he feels he'll benefit the most this year from his time with the BC Eagles. 

We also talked to him about going head-to-head all year with Jack Eichel and the Boston University Terriers. The defenceman also gave us his personal scouting report on the top ranked American forward.

Photo: Tom Sorensen
By now even casual fans have at least hear the name Noah Hanifin but most will have never seen him play a game yet. We asked the Massachusetts native to provide us with his own scouting report and followed that up with a comparison to a current, young NHL stand out. 

We also touched on Hanifin's dedication to the game which stems to watching extensive video of current and past players. He listed the names of the guys he studies, a couple of them being influences when it comes to his recent and current jersey numbers.    

If you missed the interview, no fear... here it is in it's entirety. 

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