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.