Reid Leaves NU, Inks Pro Deal
by Joe Meloni/CHN Staff Writer
Northeastern undrafted rising sophomore Brodie Reid has left the university to sign a professional contract. According to a source close to the team, Reid has signed with the San Jose Sharks organization.
Reid, who became one of the Huskies' primary scoring options in the second half of the season, is the third Northeastern player to leave with remaining eligibility in as many seasons. Last year, defenseman Jake Newton opted to sign with the Anaheim Ducks, rather than returning to school. Following the 2008-09 season, goaltender Brad Thiessen, a rising senior, signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins after winning Hockey East Player of the Year honors in leading the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament.
Through Twitter, Northeastern Athletic Director Peter Roby openly criticized the National Hockey League's draft rules, writing "Disappointed to learn of Brodie Reid's departure. NHL rules not very friendly toward college hockey or players getting degrees."
Neither Reid nor Northeastern coach Greg Cronin were available for comment.
Reid recorded five points in the Hockey East Tournament this season, all against Boston University in the Hockey East quarterfinals. He finished the season fourth on the Huskies in scoring with 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists and second among Hockey East rookies in scoring. Merrimack freshman Mike Collins led the league with 30 points.
Without Reid, Northeastern now faces the challenge of replacing its top four scorers from 2010-11, as seniors Wade MacLeod, Tyler McNeely and Steve Silva finished first, second and third respectively. While the Huskies' incoming freshman class is one of the best the program has seen since Cronin was hired, many viewed Reid as a future star within the league after his dynamic performance against BU in the conference tournament.
Hockey East has seen a rash of undrafted players forgo remaining eligibility to ink professional deals in recent seasons. Most notably, Massachusetts lost three undrafted players to professional contracts last season, as rising senior James Marcou and rising junior Matt Irwin signed with San Jose. Rising junior Casey Wellman left as well, signing with the Minnesota Wild. Only Wellman has played in the NHL to this point; in 27 games over the last two seasons, he has scored two goals and assisted on four others. Earlier this month, Merrimack rising junior Stephane Da Costa signed with the Ottawa Senators; the Paris, France-native has played in three games without recording a point.