Sr. | D | Eden Prairie, Minn.
a junior, Andrew Alberts' game grew to match his 6-foot-4
frame. Boston College fans expect continued improvement
from their top returning defenseman.
Statistics: In 42 games last season, Alberts posted
16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) and a +20 rating. He was a
conference-best +21 in Hockey East games.
He Does: On a team defined by small, skilled forwards,
Alberts stood out by size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) when he arrived
at BC as a freshman. Last season, as a junior, his game grew
to enormous proportions as well. His ability to be a physical
presence is matched by a knack for using his size and reach
to block shots and passes. He’s also developed the offensive
side of his game significantly in the past year.
Bigger Picture: Naturally, more is expected out of
returning first-team All-Americans, and Alberts will face
those expectations this season. He should be ready for the
challenge, thanks not just to his expanded skills, but also
his burgeoning confidence. He’ll still need to provide
the muscle behind BC’s buzzing forwards, and clear space
in front of the goaltenders. Expect his offensive role to
continue its expansion as well – especially with the
graduation of J.D. Forrest. Head coach Jerry York would like
to utilize Alberts’ shot more, especially for one-timers
from the point on the power play.
College coach Jerry York on Alberts: “He’s
developed into a prototypical NHL defenseman. He’s a
big, strong, physical presence who can make that first pass.
I like what he brings to the dressing room as well. He’s
really serious about the game, and committed to having a long