The Preview of Champions goes back north of the border to British Columbia. Last season, the Eagles had three players from the province named by Queen Victoria: Isaac MacLeod, Mark Begert, and Destry Straight. Begert has gone back home to Canada after one season, but MacLeod and Straight remain. Of those, Straight may have had the season and he looks set for bigger and better in 2012-13.
Destry Straight comes from West Vancouver, where he first played for the British Columbia Major Midget League (which sounds offensive and creepy for some reason). Straight played well for the Vancouver North West Giants, and then the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL before going to the other BC. In 49 games for Coquitlam, he had 67 points, 26 of which were goals.
Boston College was next in Straight’s future, where as a freshman he played in all but one of 44 games. Over that time, Straight notched ten points (3 goals), and the last two were in March during the Eagles’ incredible 19-game win streak to a national title. He was also fortunate enough to have scored a game-winner during that time.
Seeing as how Straight got so much playing time during the 2011-12 season as a freshman, there is little reason to believe he won’t get into a similar number of games this year. About the only thing that could stop him would be an unforeseen regression in his game.