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Photo Credit: Photo by Rena Laverty

All About Graham McPhee

Entering his third season with Boston College in 2018-19, Graham McPhee will look to continue his development and improve on his totals from last season. Considering BC has put plenty of effort into recruitment for the 2018-19 season, with players such as Oliver Wahlstrom and Jack McBain set to join the roster, McPhee will likely get a boost in the quality of his linemates. Combined with a likely increase in ice time and opportunity, McPhee has an excellent chance to improve the totals he posted in his first two seasons with the Eagles. While not yet signed by the Oilers, there are still two more seasons remaining at Boston College for McPhee which allows plenty of time for further development and viewings by the organization. 

Position: Left Wing — Shoots: Right
Born: July 24th, 1998 — City: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Height: 6 feet 00 inches — Weight: 174 lbs [183 cm/79 kg]
Drafted: 149th overall (5th round) in 2016
Junior Team: Boston College — League: H-East

SCOUTING REPORTS

Dusty Nielson had Graham McPhee at #15 in his post-draft prospect countdown:

Graham McPhee is a teammate of Rasanen’s at Boston College. McPhee just wrapped up his second NCAA season and it was a year where he started to feel more comfortable. After scoring just twice as a freshman McPhee found the back of the net 12 times as a sophomore. Those who some him at development camp were pleasantly surprised.

David Gregory from Central Scouting broke down McPhee’s game before the draft:

Every time I see him I think he does more to give me the confidence to say this is the kind of player who will only get better. You immediately notice his compete level for sure. He goes out and gives you everything he has each shift. Then you start to see the hockey sense and how he’s capable of making the right play in almost every zone. Then there’s the skill, which might have been unexpected because there were other people on the team that potentially had more of that role on the team. To me, he’s a coach’s dream in a sense that you can play him a lot of situations and you know what you’re going to get out of him from his work ethic.

Phil Myre at ISS described McPhee’s game ahead of his draft year:

Average size forward, with average speed and average puck skills. He’s a hard worker, tenacious and good puck pursuit. Has good hockey sense and awareness of his surroundings. He plays a 200-foot game. He battles along the boards and can win battles but he’s really not a big player. He’s a potential role player at the NHL level.

FURTHER READING

1) Considering current Vegas Golden Knights and former Washington Capitals’ George McPhee is Graham’s father, he was raised around some very good hockey players. The US National Development Program wrote a wonderful article about what it was like for McPhee growing up.

2) In November of 2015, Mike G. Morreale wrote about McPhee’s hockey goals for the official NHL site and how he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps.

3) BC Interruption, a site dedicated to covering the Boston College Eagles, listed Graham McPhee as their most improved male athlete from last season.

PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

  • NHL CS midterm North American skaters: 92
  • The Draft Analyst: 116
  • International Scouting Services: 100
  • Hockeyprospect.com: 165
  • Future Considerations: 123

VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS

Edmonton Future Watch put together another fantastic compilation of highlights from McPhee’s 2017-18 season:

Edmonton Future Watch also put together a shift-by-shift compilation from a January 14th contest against the University of New Hampshire:

After the Oilers’ development camp, McPhee spoke to the media about how things went and what he expects from his third season at Boston College:

SEASON STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-
2012-13 Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantam T1 Bantam 61 35 54 89 60
2013-14 Shattuck St. Mary’s U16 Midget 58 28 30 58 97
2014-15 USNTDP Juniors USHL 31 2 10 12 42 -12
U.S. National U17 Team USDP 43 4 15 19 52
2015-16 USNTDP Juniors USHL 20 5 0 5 16 1
U.S. National U18 Team USDP 58 10 8 18 51
USA U18 WJC-18 7 2 3 5 29 3
2016-17 Boston College NCAA 39 2 8 10 42 1
2017-18 Boston College NCAA 36 12 12 24 47 -1

TOURNAMENT STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-
2010-11 Hershey Jr. Bears QC Int PW 6 6 3 9 6

NHL equivalency: 13.98 

Stats provided by Elite Prospects

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  • OriginalPouzar

    It will be interesting to see how he performs with a bit more offensive talent on the team – hopefully the new higher end forwards (and, yes, Whalstrom and McBain both leapfrog over McPhee on the depth chart) don’t black him (and Rasanen).

    A few years away for both McPhee and Rasanen but I would say both are trending towards gettign contracts upon finishing their college careers.

    Both longshots for the NHL but we’ve got a few years of development left before they turn pro.

    Just keep developing these prospects.

    Sometimes material NHL players come out of nowhere and McPhee has some offensive skill in him (Rasanen more of an “all-tools guys” – I really like Rasanen’s game).

  • Spaceman Spiff

    I agree – it’s hard to know what this kid’s offensive upside is, or if he’ll actually be an NHL player. But, listen … if he’s got half of his dad’s heart, he might just end up in the league on guts.

    His father, George, was an absolute tiger – one of the most underrated NHL fighters of the 1980s. Go onto YouTube and you’ll find clips of McPhee (who was, like, 5-9, 180) getting into spirited bouts with guys like John Kordic and Jim Peplinski and David Friggin’ Brown. There are two or three clips of some dandy battles with Rick Tocchet.

    The elder McPhee only played 150 or so NHL games but he was a little pepper pot who held his own against guys he had no business fighting. If his son has a similar motor and better skills … well … he’ll probably be worth a look in the AHL, at the least.