Ryan O’Connell was one of the Ottawa Jr. 67’s top defenders throughout his minor midget season, showing impressive mobility, intriguing hockey sense and developing two-way capabilities. This season the left shooting defender has joined St. Andrew’s prep school and has continued to round out his game. A defender that see’s the ice well and makes a strong first pass, O’Connell uses his hockey sense along with sound positional play and an active stick to defend at an effective rate. O’Connell gets up ice well and continues to round out his two-way game.
Thursday, August 04, 2016
US edges Sweden; a D-man for 2018
With five high-end forwards recruited for the 2018 freshman class, BU’s coaches turned their attention to the blue line and secured a commitment from their first defenseman for 2018, St. Andrew’s College standout Ryan O’Connell. Last season, the 6’1”, 174 lb., left shot from Kanata, Ontario, (which BU fans will recognize as the home of the late Scott Cashman) played 55 games for the Saints’ CAHS team, putting up 31 points (4G, 27A) with a +14. He added 11 points in 18 CISAA regular season and playoff games, helping the Saints win the league title.
The previous season, he was Defenceman of the Year for the Ottawa 67s Midget AAA club, scoring 18 points in 22 games and earning a spot in the 2015 OHL Gold Cup competition.
In 2015, O’Connell was an 8th round draft pick of the OHL Missassauga Steelheads, who noted:
This past Spring, O’Connell was the Des Moines Buccaneers’ fourth round pick in the USHL Phase 2 draft.
O’Connell joins five forward commits in BU’s 2018 recruit class: Jake Wise, Tyler Weiss and Jack DeBoer, who will play for the NTDP U17s next season; Logan Cockerill of the NTDP U18s and Matthew Quercia, who is headed to USHL Sioux Falls.
● Elite Prospects card
● Boston Hockey Blog report