The Huskies collected a verbal commitment today from an elite defensive talent from north of the border. 2002-born defenseman Charlie DesRoches, from Wellington, Prince Edward Island, Canada, gave his verbal pledge to Jim Madigan’s program earlier today on Twitter.
DesRoches is a right-shot defenseman, stands 5-foot-11-inches, and weighs in at 161 pounds according to his EliteProspects profile. He is currently playing for Selects Academy U15 at the South Kent School, a private all boys school in northwestern Connecticut, and has 20 points (5 goals) in 30 games this season. He was also recruited by Providence and Quinnipiac, among other teams.
DesRoches is considered an elite talent, and was ranked as the #4 prospect from the Atlantic region available in the 2018 QMJHL Draft, and the second-ranked defenseman (best right-shot defenseman). HockeyProspect.com evaluated DesRoches, saying “Last season, the P.E.I. native played major midget with Kensington as an underager and did really well, playing a real mature two-way game in the NBPEIMMHL. This is a defender that won’t hurt you in your own end at all, and provides a steady pillar to drive offense from.”
Another excellent article on DesRoches looks at his relationship with his brother Jack, with whom Charlie played for the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild in New Brunswick, Canada. When discussing Charlie, coach Duane Richards said,“Charlie is an underage kid who is very offensively-minded. He reads the ice extremely well on the power play, makes great breakout passes and has a great stick on the defensive side,” and the article continued to note that Charlie had 26 points in 33 games for the team.
Multiple hockey accounts also tweeted praise of DesRoches after his announcement:
While the above tweet projects him to arrive in the fall of 2021, there is a chance that DesRoches could enroll in the fall of 2020, while he is 18. Currently, the Huskies have DesRoches and Brandon Chabrier as high-end 2002-birth year defensemen, and while it would be stellar for them both to enroll the same year, we expect Coach Madigan would want to stagger them to spread out the talent on his blue line across multiple classes. So as it stands, we are projecting DesRoches, the older of the pair, to arrive in 2020, and Chabrier to arrive in 2021. We also acknowledge that predicting events 3-4 years out is very unreliable, and will adjust our records and charts as needed as the time gets closer.
We are thrilled that Charlie chose to commit to Northeastern, and are very excited to see him develop and ultimately enroll into the program. Congratulations to him and his family! You can see the Huskies’ current pipeline HERE.
As always, Go Huskies!