Boston Bruins home-grown prospect Matt Grzelcyk continues to shine on the Boston University blue line. For his efforts, the Charlestown, Mass., native has been named Hockey East Rookie of the Week.
The freshman Terrier's notable week included a memorable first collegiate goal. Grzelcyk lit the lamp against BU's fiercest rival, the top-ranked Boston College Eagles. He also added two assists against Merrimack for a total of three points on the week.
In June, Grzelcyk was drafted 85th overall by the Bruins, fulfilling a life-long dream. The Grzelcyk family has always been uniquely connected to the Bruins. Matt's father, John Grzelcyk has been a member of the TD Garden Bull Gang for many years.
At 5'9", the BU defenseman lacks ideal size and physicality, but he makes up for it with a superb hockey-sense. One NHL scout described his hockey-IQ as "what you'd expect to find in the top 10, 15 picks in the draft."
The third Boston University defenseman in the Bruins' system after Colby Cohen and David Warsofsky, Grzelcyk has tremendous upside.
On draft day, Craig Button said the following about the third-round pick:
Great skater, great poise, and he is a player going to college that has a chance in a number of years to be a really good NHL player.
Under the tutelage of legendary BU head coach Jack Parker, Grzelcyk is making tremendous strides toward achieving his goals.
A product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, Grzelcyk has eight points in his first eight games at the NCAA level. If he continues on his current trajectory, he could become a superb puck-moving defenseman in the National Hockey League.