June 3, 2003
2003 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Inside College Hockey will profile some of the best NHL Draft-eligible college players between now and when their names will be called, June 21-22 in Nashville. We will feature three players per week, so check back often to get the scoop on where you can expect your favorite players to go on draft day.

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Boston College

2002-03 Statistics: 14 GP, 10-8—18, 61 PIM

Central Scouting: 31st among North American skaters

Background: Looked great on the ice as a freshman at BC, but missed 25 games with a neck injury and then a suspension following his collision with Joe Exter.

Scout's Take: "Patrick Eaves is a hard-nosed competitor. It’s going to come down to who saw him, who believes in him, and (who is) not worried about his injuries. Some teams may not have even seen him because of the circumstances, so he could really be a great bargain for someone who loves him. You’re talking about the reality of the draft. Eaves is a wild card, and not because he can’t play, just because of his situation. He’s smart, he’s skilled, and he competes like a bastard."

Projection: Early second round

"Scout's Take" is Inside College Hockey's exclusive evaluation of the player from one or more NHL scouts. Scouts were granted anonymity in exchange for their candor.

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