July 2, 2013 by conteconfidential
Ian McCoshen became the second NCAA-bound player selected in the 2013 NHL Draft when the Florida Panthers took him with the first pick of the second round, 31st overall. A three-year veteran of the USHL, he demonstrates poise in his own end beyond his years and can play a physically intimidating game. Going into the draft, he was considered one of the most complete blueliners available because he has also demonstrated offensive upside. McCoshen caught up with Conte Confidential about his experience at the draft, the day he had been dreaming of since he first laced up his skates.
1) Can you describe what it felt like when your name was called?
It seems really hard to put words to how you feel about it. That is how excited I was when I heard my name called. Obviously we have been working towards this goal our whole lives and the chase of our dreams continues at Boston College this fall.
2) Did you expect to go to the Panthers?
I had a meeting with them the day before the draft but I had no expectations going into the draft.
3) Last year, the Panthers selected future Boston College teammate Michael Matheson in the first round, 23rd overall. Does that make you even more excited to play with him at BC? Can you see yourself playing with him down the line in Florida? Any funny texts or anything from him?
It definitely helps! It would be a privilege to be teammates with him there as well. He just told me congratulations, and that he would see me in a week.
Despite missing 11 regular season games, Ian McCoshen finished second among USHL defensemen in points with 44 (11g-33a). His +35 rating was the third best mark by a blueliner. (photo credit: Britta Lewis, courtesy of the Waterloo Black Hawks)
4) Was it at all disappointing to not go in the first round and be the first one out so to speak? [McCoshen was ranked No. 24 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American Skaters and was projected to be a first-round pick.]
It is just a number. Now you have to show up and compete regardless of your draft status.
5) What was the best part of the draft experience?
I personally thought it was the time I was able to spend with family and friends throughout the entire process.
6) Four of your teammates from the Waterloo Black Hawks (Eamon McAdam, Taylor Cammarata, Cal Petersen, Jake Jackson) were selected, as well as future BC teammates Steven Santini, Zach Sanford and Ryan Fitzgerald. Did you hang out with them at all?
I was not able to see any of my Waterloo teammates but I did run into Steven and his family. I also saw Zach.
7) Now that it’s all over, how are you feeling?
Relieved, to be honest. Now I can just play and develop as a student and as an athlete at Boston College. I am really excited for the fall!
Interview by Jen Dobias