Northeastern received their second verbal commitment in as many days, this time from ’99 left-shot forward Neil Shea, of Marshfield, Massachusetts. Shea had previously been committed to the University of Maine, where his brother is a current freshman forward, but de-committed earlier this month and received instant interest from multiple Hockey East teams.
— Neil Shea (@neilshea23) December 21, 2016
Shea is currently playing for Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, and was a 9th round pick by Youngstown in the 2015 USHL Future’s Draft. During the 2015 season he played for Marshfield High, and tallied 49 points in 26 games to be the team’s leading scorer, and then put up 13 points in 11 games for the Neponset Valley River Rats U16 team. Shea already has a good frame for the college game, standing at 6’1” and weighing in at 183 pounds. His father is a scout in the NHL, currently for Colorado and formerly for Pittsburgh. His oldest brother played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
When he committed to Maine in September 2015, Jeff Cox of SBNation College Hockey called Shea “a pesky player who isn’t afraid to go into the dirty areas to win battles for loose pucks. He’s a good skater with a quick release…a more well-rounded player than (his brothers),” and called the younger Shea an “assertive” player, all of which bodes well for the type of player he can be when arriving on Huntington Avenue. Patrick Shea, the middle brother and current Maine forward, has said that his younger brother is “a skilled playmaker…has a high hockey sense.”
We project Neil to arrive in the Fall of 2018 and has the potential to be a middle-six forward for the Huskies. He seems to play the type of heavy game that Jim Madigan and his staff values, while being able to set up teammates and finish goals himself. Congratulations to Neil and the Shea family! Follow Neil on Twitter @NeilShea23, and follow us @NUHockeyBlog. As always, Go Huskies!
To view our Northeastern Hockey roster projection, including Neil Shea in 2018, click here.