Boston College sophomore forward Colin White signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Binghamton Senators, the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, which drafted White two years ago.
White becomes the second high-profile player to forego eligibility in Hockey East this season, following the departure of Clayton Keller to Arizona earlier in the weekend, after Boston University was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Minnesota Duluth.
It’s a bit odd to see a first-round pick sign an ATO with an AHL organization, and not an entry-level contract with the NHL club. According to several people close to the situation, the Senators did not want to burn a year off White’s affordable entry-level deal by having him join the NHL club this season.
“We are excited to see Colin make the next step in his development in turning professional after a great college career,” Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “We have spoken to Colin and his advisors at length and we are all in agreement that getting him on the ice to play games in the AHL is what is best for his growth at this moment. While our ongoing contract discussions are moving in a positive direction, we all know there is a small window left this season for Colin to gain professional experience.”
White, 20, was the Senators second first-round pick (21st overall) at in the 2015 NHL Draft. He recently completed his second season with the Eagles. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Hanover, Mass., had 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 35 games at Boston College this season, completing his two-year college career with 35 goals and 76 points in 72 games.