Some kids are just incredible athletes who devote their lives to their craft–and it works out really well for them.
So far, that’s been the case for Colin White, who hails from Hanover, Massachusetts. On Monday, wing, who is only 20 years old, made his NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators. No, he’s not on a top-3 line, but he did log over seven minutes of ice time after only playing a few AHL games. Keep in mind, a month ago, he was playing college hockey–for the Boston College Eagles. And yes, that is where Doug Flutie went to college too.
What White has done to this point is pretty incredible. He spent two years at BC and had 76 points in 72 games. Think about that. That’d be like nearly 90 points in 82 games. So by that logic, he was a dominant college hockey player and anyone who saw him play could confirm that statement. Passes the visual test with ease.
So what does this mean for his future? Well, how many guys make their debut at that young of an age? Very few. It means he could be a pretty special NHL player in a couple years and rightfully so. He played for the US National Development team the year before going to BC. And he was on the national U20 team. So if the Olympics are still a thing, then he’s pretty much on track to play in them in the future. Kind of a bold prediction to make of someone so young but hey, that’s what I’m here for.
Meanwhile all the other 20-year-olds are not doing anything close to that. At that same age, I feel fortunate that I’ve covered like five or six NHL games at the Garden. But hell, this kid is living it, rocking the casbah (I have no idea what that even means) and all that. Good stuff.