UPDATE: Report is wrong, Bracco to Attend Boston College

A significant update/correction:

Originally Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted out that it appeared almost certain that Jeremy Bracco would be joining the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. As you can see from the tweet above, Bracco is committed to attending Boston College.

As you can see from the original story below, this certainly wouldn’t have been my preference for Bracco, but it’s the decision he made. Boston College is much more of a local choice for Bracco as his Long Island, NY home is short train ride away. 

Bracco joins a team that has several other NHL prospects currently developing on it, but will likely be taking a step back this year with the departure of Noah Hanifin, and Thatcher Demko. 

This provides some closure on the “where is he going to play story” and does give the Leafs a little longer to wait and see what they have in Bracco before getting him under contract, and certainly his development shouldn’t be a worry as Jerry York has produced a number of NHL players during his long tenure at BC.

Still, this means that Bracco won’t be right under our noses and we’ll have to put in that extra effort of finding online streams of college hockey games.

And of course another update…

Original Story:

There’s been on going speculation that Jeremy Bracco would soon be making a decision between attending Boston College or joining the Kitchener Rangers. It’s starting to look like that decision is now made.

The benefits for Bracco in making this decision seem pretty obvious, he’s going to be a stone’s throw away from his pro team, he’s able to sign an entry level contract and receive a signing bonus, and he won’t have to live in Boston.

Bracco will also get the chance to play a significant role on what looks to be a less than great Rangers team, as a number of their key players will be departing for the pros. Of course it’s entirely possible that the Leafs staff are already hard at work on moving him to the unofficial farm team of the Leafs, the London Knights, but kidding aside, they can’t put everyone there.

Moving Bracco away from the NCAA likely means that the Leafs see Bracco as player who can at least contribute and grow in the AHL sooner than later, and wished to avoid the longer NCAA path to the pros. It’s also possible that Mike van Ryn is held in high regard for his development abilities.

No matter what the reasoning this looks like the direction that Bracco is going, though it still hasn’t been confirmed. For most Toronto fans it should be encouraging to have another worthwhile prospect to go watch instead of attending Leafs losses.

UPDATE:

  • SEER

    Good article, but he even said that himself, in one of the Draft interviews…

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    YES.. ANOTHER SIDENOTE…

    I have followed this kid for five seasons, now.. Think he will easily make the Marlies roster.. and wouldn’t be surprised to see him get an invite to Leafs camp..

    One of our top prospects, in my books..

    Have a great July 2-4 weekend, everyone..!

    LASER BULLET: CARTER VERHAEGHE 2014-15 MONTAGE #3

    —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RgJB8CAL20

  • Benjamin

    Honestly I’d rather see him at Boston College. Gets to learn to use his skill against bigger competition and focus on bulking up with the less game-heavy NCAA schedule. Oh and the whole university education thing, that’s not so bad.

  • Benjamin

    So Bracco was picked at #61 and the league has 30 teams and each team has one pick per round, how does 61 then fall in the second round? I just feel really stupid asking a question like this but somehow the math does not seem to work for me.