The U.S. National Development Team, as usual, is churning out top prospects this year and yet another has committed to a top college program. The team announced yesterday that Marshall Warren, a top-four defenseman for the U-18 squad, is set to join Boston College next season. Warren had previously indicated that he would play at Harvard, but has opted instead to join the Eagles, much like 2018 first-round selection Oliver Wahlstrom. Warren joins No. 1 defenseman Cam York (Michigan) and top-nine forward Patrick Moynihan (Providence) as USNTDP products to make their commitments in the past week.
Warren, 17, is considered a borderline first-round pick in the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft, unlikely to fall outside of the third round. At 5’11, 168 lbs., Warren isn’t going to check his way into a pro career, but is a strong skater with a history of solid production. Warren is capable in his own zone, but excels at carrying the puck and making plays. Warren notched 18 points in 34 games against USHL competition last season, outpacing even guaranteed first-rounder York. The young defender has been scoring at a slower clip so far this year and has growing to do, both physically and developmentally, but seems like he has upside yet to be tapped.
The Eagles hope that they can put Marshall in a position to truly blossom, as he becomes yet another addition to BC from this current US National Team. After adding the top college-bound player from last year’s draft in Wahlstrom, Boston College is set to add five USNTDP players currently, including Marshall, presumptive top-ten forward Matthew Boldy, No. 1-ranked goaltender Spencer Knight, forward Danny Weight, and defenseman Drew Helleson. Not to be outdone, rival Boston University will add five players of their own from the program in first-round talent Trevor Zegras up front and Alex Vlasic, Case McCarthy, Dominick Fensore, and Cade Webber on the back end. Marshall becomes just the latest piece of what should be a reignited rivalry and constant battle between national powers over the next few years.