As I mentioned in my last blog post that profiled BU commit Jake Wise, I want to focus my next few posts on Massachusetts kids who are committed to play at BU and BC in the coming few years as there are several high profile players in that group. This post takes a look at TJ Walsh who is 2000 birth year and part of a big recruiting class in 2018-19 for a rebuilding BC program….
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TJ Walsh, LW (5’9 159 lbs) – TJ Walsh is a native of Shrewsbury , MA who is committed to Boston College most likely arriving on campus in 2018-19. Walsh burst onto the national stage playing for the Minuteman Flames in the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament as a teammate of Jake Wise who we profiled a couple days ago in this blog. Walsh then moved on to play a year of Bantam hockey in 2014-15 for the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary program where he lead the nation in scoring with an amazing 136 points (71g/65a) in 66 games. Side note, Oliver Wahlstrom of Quincy (Harvard Commit) also put up over 100 points on that Shattuck St. Mary team. Following the season Walsh had surgery and decided to return home to Massachusetts to rehab and played with Cushing Academy in 2015-16 where he posted 24 points (11g/13a) in 23 games good for fifth in scoring on the team. For the 2016-17 season Walsh signed a tender contract to play for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL where he put up 16 points (8g/8a) in 43 games during his first season of junior hockey.
Walsh took part in the 2016 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp that showcased the top 2000-born hockey players in the U.S. (not including those who made the U.S. National Team Development Program). Below is brief scouting report by Jeff Cox from sbcollegehockey.com of Walsh from that camp:
“There’s no denying the Cedar Rapids tender has all the offensive skill and speed, but he needs to put on strength and work on playing more of a complete game in order to truly be successful this upcoming season in the USHL. He can start and stop on a dime. He has a smooth stride with very good speed. He can toe-drag just about any defenseman at this level. He showed off his vision Wednesday with a highlight reel pass. He was skating left to right behind the goal line. Without even looking he sent out a perfect pass right on the tape of Bryan Lockner for an easy goal at the backdoor.”
Looking at Walsh’s numbers from his first season in the USHL (8 goals and 8 assists in 43 games) where he not surprisingly struggled to put up offensive numbers as a smaller player at the young age of 16. Look for Walsh to continue to get stronger and more complete as a player and put up some big numbers next season in his second go around in the USHL. He is expected to arrive at BC as part of the 2018-19 loaded recruiting class and should make an immediate impact. We will track his progress in the USHL over the course of next year…