Earlier this December, the Northeastern coaching staff secured a verbal commitment from Dylan Compton, a right-shot defenseman from Victoria, British Columbia.
Compton, the first 2005-born defenseman to commit to the Huskies, is considered an elite puck-moving defenseman with pro potential. He currently plays for the Shawinigan Lake School U18 Prep as a 16 year old, and he had gotten two games in the British Columbia Hockey League as well for the Vernon Vipers. Playing in the BCHL, largely considered the best juniors league in Canada that retains your NCAA eligibility, at such a young age is a massive endorsement for his talent.
Currently, Compton stands 6 feet tall and weighs in at 170 pounds already, so there is even more potential to grow into his frame. In just 17 games this year he already has 25 points (5 goals) for Shawinigan. He was drafted in the fifth round in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by the Prince George Cougars, making them a threat to sign Compton and nullify his NCAA eligibility, but by committing it’s a great indicator to the staff and fans alike that he intends to fulfill his word and play for Northeastern. He is eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft.
Talent evaluators have plenty to say about Compton: “Elite player. High IQ. Dynamic playmaker. Stud” said one, while another added “Smart, high IQ, two-way defenseman” that they felt could have been a player taken in the top two rounds of the WHL Draft. That same evaluator called Compton a top defender in all of Western Canada at the bantam level entering the 2020 Draft season.
Compton is the latest in the line of commitments and players that have proven to be elite puck-moving defensemen that generate and control Northeastern’s offense. You can linearly trace the path from Jeremy Davies to Jordan Harris to incoming freshman Vinny Borgesi to Dylan Compton, and see how the coaching staff prioritizes having at least one, often multiple, elite or high-end offensive defensemen in their defensive corps. Compton has all the tools to continue that legacy as he works towards enrollment at Northeastern. We can’t wait to watch him continue to grow in Canada, and work his way towards Boston in a few years.
Congratulations to Dylan on his commitment! As always, go Huskies!