Northeastern continues to stock its defenseman pipeline, securing a verbal commitment from Billy Carrabino, a left-shot defenseman playing for the Boston Junior Bruins in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). A native of New Canaan, CT, and formerly of Nobles and Greenough Prep School, Carrabino is a 1997 birth year who stands six-foot-two inches tall and weighs in at 205 pounds. He will begin his collegiate career for the Huskies this fall as a member of the 2017 incoming class.
Carrabino projects to be a shut-down defenseman, unlike the numerous offensive-minded players Northeastern has brought in recently. In 23 games this season, he has nine points (three goals), despite having battled nagging injuries all season. Carrabino’s commitment appears to be a result of Jon Barry and Nick Fiorentino transferring from the program and opening up a spot in this year’s roster. In a press release by the USPHL, Carrabino is described as “a physical defender who is a strong skater and possesses a heavy shot from the point”. We project that Carrabino can play a role like 2016 graduate Jarrett Fennell did while he was at NU, starting off as a depth player but earning a role in the starting lineup for multiple seasons.
Carrabino will be the second former Jr. Bruin to play for the Huskies, joining sophomore John Picking. Recruits Robby Griffin and AJ Villella are also in the Jr. Bruins pipeline. Carrabino’s older brother J.D. graduated from Boston Univeristy in 2016, having played in 4 career games for the Terriers after transferring from Clarkson University.
Congratulations to Billy and the Carrabino family on his commitment!
You can view our updated projection of the Northeastern roster, with Billy Carrabino rounding out this year’s freshman class, here.