David McKee leaves Cornell and signs with the Ducks a year early as he and O'Byrne were both going to be seniors next year. I wonder if his leaving would have any impact on O'Byrne making the jump. After the season he had, I would think that the Habs would be interested in seeing him in Hamilton next year but who knows if Ryan wants to leave school early. But with the loss of McKee and their top player Matt Moulson as well as Gleed, the Abbott's and a rumor that Sasha Pokulok might leave early, Cornell will not be anywhere near the team they have been for the last 4-5 years.
The good news for Wyman is that Dartmouth should be a front runner next year, so a weaker Cornell only helps them as they almost made it to the frozen four tournament this year. With the sophomore trio of Jones, Johnson and Wyman who will hopefully all be back for their junior year, Dartmouth should be a very offensive team next year.
It'll be interesting to see how McKee does as a pro. With the handful of Cornell games I caught on the NHL Network over the past couple of years, I could never decide if he was good or just a product of the team's style. Yeah, it's cliched, but it was also cliched in every single broadcast that he WAS good, not just on a stingy team. Yet I don't remember seeing him do anything on the ice to drive that point home to me.
I graduated from Cornell three years ago and still talk to friends there that are hockey fans. Everyone thinks he is the real deal. I watched him play the triple overtime regional final against Wisconsin last weekend, (scoreless for over 100 minutes), and he was amazing.
It's true that Cornell plays a solid defense-first style that makes it easier on goaltenders, but he has been excellent, even broke a couple of Ken Dryden's Cornell records last year. People said the same thing (that a goalie is overrated because of the Cornell system) about David LeNeveu, who was Cornell's goalie when I was there and took them to the Frozen Four in 2003, and he's already shown in the NHL that he's for real, and he's still developing.