The Huskies dipped into rival waters to secure their most recent verbal commitment after 2001-born forward Chase McInnis pledged to be a part of Jim Madigan’s program. Chase is the son of current Boston College assistant coach Marty McInnis, and the brother of current Eagle defenseman Luke McInnis. Marty also played at BC, and is a former NHL player.
— Boston Junior Eagles (@BostonJrEagles) January 13, 2018
McInnis hails from Hingham, Massachusetts, and is a left shot forward. He’s five foot, ten inches tall, and weighs in at 165 pounds. He currently plays at Dexter, a private school in Massachusetts, where he had 24 points in 29 games last season. He also has played for the Cape Cod Whalers and the Boston Junior Eagles U16 programs. This season, he was selected in the 7th round of the USHL Future’s Draft by Youngstown.
McInnis was considered among the best uncommitted 2001 forwards when SBNation College Hockey did a summary last February. Russ Bitely called him a forward that plays well in all three zones of the game, and who has a good hockey IQ, while Jeff Cox calls him “smart, skates well, plays with an edge.” A third scout, Matt Grainda from USHL Central Scouting, calls him a “smart speedy playmaking fwd. Craft with good hands.”
Neutral Zone also weighed in with longer analysis of McInnis’ game:
3.75⭐️ prospect @mcinnis_chase plays w pace. He has the speed, vision & skill that makes him dangerous in transition. The @DXSF_BHockey sophomore is athletic and his game is trending upwards. Earned B+ at Groton/Lawrence & B+ at Beast Series playoffs.https://t.co/WmDV9VfKSv
— Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) January 13, 2018
01 F Chase McInnis (NU) has great foot speed that he distributes evenly in all three zones. @DXSF_BHockey top line forward who takes sharp angles on the attack & cuts through defenses; plays aggressively both ways. Great pickup for the #Huskies https://t.co/kny70xSNeI
— Mark Bilotta (@mbilotta) January 13, 2018
McInnis is part of the Dexter Class of 2020, so that would make the earliest he enrolls to Northeastern the Fall of 2020. Different reports on Twitter confirm that he will be enrolling in 2020, which would make him 19 at the time he enrolls, not at all uncommon for college hockey players. The latest he could enroll to Northeastern would be 2021.
Congratulations to Chase and the McInnis family. As always, go Huskies!