The name Jack McBain doesn’t ring a bell? That’s because the Minnesota Wild’s 3rd round pick (63rd overall) back in 2018 has yet to play in the NHL. In fact, the 6-foot 2-inches and 208 lbs center decided to play his final year of College in the NCAA with Boston College.
Sound familiar to Habs’ fans, as Jordan Harris made the same decision. Like Harris, the 22 year-old McBain is scheduled to become a UFA and will be able to sign with whichever team he wants to this summer. But unlike the Canadiens’ prospect, McBain has no intentions of signing with the Wild and he has reportedly informed them of his decision.
McBain is having a very good season at Boston College, recording 19 goals and 32 points in 23 games. The Wild is supposedly attempting to shop the Toronto-native and the asking price is apparently a second round pick.
According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Canadiens’ GM Kent Hughes, who knows the NCAA very well due to his past business as a players’ agent, knows McBain quite well and he has contacted Wild’s GM and good friend Bill Guerin about working something out in a possible trade for his rights.
McBain represented Canada at the Beijing Olympics, managing a goal and an assist in five games for Team Canada.