Star Eagle Patrick Eaves Flying North

Aug. 22, 2005

By Elliot Olshansky


Boston College forward Patrick Eaves signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators on Monday afternoon, foregoing his senior season of eligibility with the Eagles.


Eaves was a primary target of the Senators' signing efforts this spring and summer. John Muckler, Ottawa's general manager, said in March that the Senators needed to "get Mr. Eaves to come out of school. He's been the best player on his college team and he's really developed by getting stronger."

CSTV hockey analyst Dave Starman also sees bright things in Eaves' future. "He's the kind of player that, because of his background, will probably assimilate a little bit faster than your average collegian, just because of where he's played, who he's played under [BC coach Jerry York], and who his father is [Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves, an eight-year NHL veteran]. This is a kid who's been around [the sport] his whole life, so he will understand more than most kids what goes into being a good pro."


Eaves was the Eagles' leading scorer in 2004-05 with 48 points (19g, 29a), helping York's team capture the Hockey East title and the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.  For his efforts, Eaves was named the Hockey East Player of the Year, a First Team East All-American selection, and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.


For his career, Eaves posted totals of 47 goals and 60 assists in 84 games, helping the Eagles to a 79-27-15 record over his three years in Chestnut Hill.


Still, with a strong recruiting class and a solid corps of returning players, BC is poised to remain strong in 2005-06. "BC is one of those school's that's never going to be bad," Starman said. "They recruit for depth, they recruit very good student-athletes, and they recruit very good players. While this creates a hole that may eliminate them from being a No. 3 team in the country, maybe make them a No. 5 team in the country, one thing you notice about Boston College is that they're a team where one guy doesn't necessarily make the engine go."


When the Eagles open up their 2005-06 schedule on October 14 at Michigan, it will mark the first season in this century that an Eaves has not skated in the maroon and gold. Older brother Ben graduated from BC in 2004 after notching 169 points (53g, 116a) in 125 games over his four year career, and played 43 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League last season.



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