Boston University’s Farabee selected USCHO Rookie of the Year after 36-point freshman season

Joel Farabee (BU - 28) - The visiting Providence College Friars defeated the Boston University Terriers 5-0 on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. - The visiting Providence College Friars defeated the Boston University Terriers 5-0 on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Joel Farabee rang up 17 goals and 36 points in 37 games this season for BU (photo: Melissa Wade).
Boston University forward Joel Farabee has been chosen as the 2019 USCHO Rookie of the Year winner.Farabee scored 36 points in 37 games to lead the Terriers in overall scoring, further leading the team with 17 goals scored. He finished the season tied for eighth in the nation in game-winning goals with five and scored eight goals on special teams, with five coming on the power play. He averaged just under one point per game, second best among rookies in the nation.Over half of his points came during Hockey East conference play, and Farabee finished tied for eighth during the regular season in overall scoring with one point per league game. His scoring average made him the only freshman to hit the mark as he finished among the top ten in assists per game and power play points per game average.Last week, he became the fourth BU skater to win the Tim Taylor Award, given annually to the best first-year player in Division I men’s hockey, the third Terrier to win in the last five years.Following the season, he chose to forgo his final three years of college eligibility by signing with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers had selected Farabee in the 2018 NHL Draft with the 14th overall selection.Farabee beat out a strong national field that included Ludwig Stenlund [Niagara], Jack Dugan [Providence], Filip Lindberg [Massachusetts] and Dryden McKay [Minnesota State]. He is the second Boston University player to win USCHO’s top rookie award in the last three seasons and third in the previous five, having been preceded by Clayton Keller in 2017 and Jack Eichel in 2015.USCHO awards are voted on by the site’s conference columnists following the Frozen Four. Individual awards are given out for the rookie of the year, coach of the year and player of the year, with the all-USCHO team being previously announced this week.


    • Can’t agree with that characterization. These kids are one blown-out knee or head injury from having their (short by our comparison) career disappear. They aren’t deserting a school that knows when it recruits a high-round NHL pick that it should have plans for reallocating that scholarship.

      • I see your point but most fans don’t look at it that way. We see a talented guy we cheered for all season who likely won some games for and advanced our team abandoning us. Most CH fans have come to expect players to leave after junior year but not after one season unless they are exceptional like Leetch or Eichel. Time will tell on Farabee I imagine, the Flyers certainly need the help.

        • I certainly understand the fans’ perspective. They want the players to stay for as long as possible. That’s what’s best for the fans.

          But fans need to look at it from the players’ perspective, too. Some of the same fans who complain about ticket prices–not saying you–are the same ones who expect a player to turn down close to a million dollars a year while risking it can all disappear. I’m actually surprised almost every time a first-round pick like Farabee or Makar return.

  1. Jack Dugan. Didn’t see Farabee in Buffalo.
    10-29-39 41 games 24/48 p/m +5 3gwg
    17-19-36 37 games 19/57 p/m +4 1gwg

    Someone got the shaft.

    • Dugan was on a better team so he played a few more games. Farabee had more points per game and although I love playmakers, some assists are pretty empty ones. If you’re using stats as your evidence, I’ll take a guy with 17 goals over one with 10 every time. Even if you disagree, Dugan hardly got the shaft.


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