Oliver Wahlstrom’s stay in college hockey appears to be over. According to multiple reports, Wahlstrom has told the coaches that he will not return to Boston College next season, even though he hasn’t yet signed an NHL deal.
According to Sara Civian of The Athletic, Wahlstrom may opt to play in Europe next season if he’s not signed.
Wahlstrom was the 11th overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft, by the New York Islanders. As a freshman this season for the Eagles, the 6-foot-2 forward from Quincy, Mass., had 8 goals and 19 points in 36 games.
Considered by many to be the most dynamic pure goal scorer taken in last year’s draft, this season was widely considered to be a disappointment, for both himself and Boston College. The Eagles finished well under .500 before making a run to the Hockey East championship game, where it lost to Northeastern.
Wahlstrom was part of the U.S. National Development Program before Boston College, and played all seven games for Team USA in this past World Junior tournament, scoring 2 goals and 4 points.