Michael Karow’s ascent from relatively unknown hockey prospect to Boston College commit and potential 2017 NHL Draft pick has been quick.
The Green Bay, Wis., native never made a USA Hockey National Camp until Select 17s. After being pegged by the Youngstown Phantoms in the seventh round of the USHL Phase II Draft this past summer, his spot in the lineup wasn’t assured until a stellar weekend at the USHL Fall Classic.
That weekend in Cranberry Township, Pa., he was easily the top uncommitted defenseman among blue liners in the USHL’s Eastern Conference. Previously an afterthought for NHL scouts, his play garnered attention, and he now sits as the 109th North American Skater for the 2017 NHL Draft per Central Scouting’s final rankings.
“Going into this year, if you had told me I’d be in this spot, I’d have said you’re [kidding] me,” said Karow.