Brady Tkachuk, who scored eight goals in his one season at Boston University, has told the team he intends to sign a pro contract, ESPN’s John Buccigross reported on Saturday.
Tkachuk was the fourth overall pick in last June’s NHL Draft, by the Ottawa Senators.
BU had a lengthy pipeline of prominent high-end American players under former David Quinn during his tenure, and Tkachuk, a native of St. Louis, was among those. Tkachuk’s father, Keith, also played at BU for one season before embarking for the Olympics and eventually a stellar, lengthy NHL career.
Quinn left BU during the offseason to accept the head coaching job with the New York Rangers. One of last year’s assistants, fellow alumnus Albie O’Connell, was named the new BU head coach in June.
After a slow start last season, Tkachuk was a force, finishing with 31 points and a plus-15 as the Terriers made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was also a member of Team USA at the World Junior Championship.