2020 '20 Under 25' Candidates
Turns 25: April 5, 2026
Bio: The Bruins' first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2019 NHL draft, Beecher had 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) in 63 games on a talented US U-18 team that included top overall pick Jack Hughes. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound, University of Michigan-bound center from Elmira, New York, had a strong development camp last month for the B's and most recently a breakout performance at the World Junior Summer Showcase where he led Team USA in goals (four) and points five the first three games.
Turns 25: Aug. 24, 2021
Bio: A fifth-round pick of the Patriots from Purdue in 2018, Bentley impressed enough in camp last summer to earn a starting spot at linebacker, but his rookie year was cut short in September by a torn bicep and he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. A four-year starter and three-year captain at Purdue, Bentley, 6-2, 255 pounds, was an honorable mention All-Big Ten linebacker in 2017.
Turns 25: Oct. 5, 2020
Bio: A 2018 sixth-round pick from the University Miami, Berrios, a 5-9, 185-pound receiver, impressed enough to make the team in camp last summer (never a lock for a sixth-rounder) and spent his rookie season on injured reserve. As a senior with the Hurricanes, he led the team in receptions (55), receiving yards (679) and receiving touchdowns (nine).
Turns 25: Aug. 5, 2021
Bio: Injuries the past two seasons have derailed the progress with the Bruins of the former Notre Dame forward. The fifth-round pick in 2014 had his season cut short in January by shoulder surgery for the second consecutive year. He had a strong start to his Bruins career in 2017-18 when he contributed 12 points in his first 28 games. At Notre Dame, he was one of college hockey's top scorers and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
Turns 25: Oct. 24, 2022
Bio: Entering his fourth NBA season, Brown, the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 from Cal, became one of the Celtics most consistent players late last season when, coming off the bench, he averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and shooting 39 percent on 3s from Christmas on. The departure of Kyrie Irving will give the 6-7 Brown more opportunities this season to continue his emergence.
Turns 20: Feb. 8, 2024
Bio: The No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 SuperDraft, the forward from Brampton, Ontario was a first-team All-ACC selection at Syracuse.
Turns 20: Nov. 29, 2021
Bio: Has two goals in 19 games (all starts) this season for the Revs after starting 12 of the final 13 games in his rookie season. The No. 8 overall selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft from Portage, Michigan, was MAC Player of the Year as a senior at Western Michigan.
Turns 25: May 18, 2021
Bio: In two MLS seasons for the Revs, has 45 appearances (40 starts), one goal and four assists. Acquired in March 2018 after five professional seasons in Colombia and Portugal.
Turns 25: Nov. 26, 2021
Bio: A stay-at-home defenseman who had his best season this past year, his third in the NHL. Has averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time the past two seasons and had two goals and four assists in the regular season and two goals and two assists in his first playoff experience after injuries kept him out of the postseason previously.
Turns 25: January 15, 2025
Bio: Casas was a first-round draft pick by the Red Sox in the 2018 MLB Draft. He wasn't able to play much in 2018 due to an injury he suffered after the draft, but during his age-19 season, he has already clubbed 17 homers while hitting .246 at Single-A Greenville. The corner-infielder is one of the Sox' best prospects and if he keeps progressing, could make the majors at a very young age.
Turns 25: August 11, 2020
Bio: Chavis was called up to the Red Sox early in the season amid a slew of injuries to the team's first and second basemen. He made an immediate impact and has remained with the major-league roster ever since. As a rookie, he has shown off excellent power, clubbing 17 home runs as of this writing, and has been better than expected at both first and second base. It seems that Chavis could be a key, young cog in the Red Sox' infield of the future and he should only get better as he continues to develop.
Turns 25: April 28, 2020
Bio: Clifton became the Bruins' sixth defenseman on their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019. He proved to be a physical defenseman who also possesses niced skating ability. He logged 2 goals and 3 assists in 18 playoff games and had a plus-five rating in both the regular and postseason.
Turns 25: April 17, 2021
Bio: Crossen was a seventh-round pick by the Patriots during the 2018 NFL Draft. He made the team as a rookie, logging 14 tackles in 11 games played and earned a Super Bowl ring. The defensive backs room is crowded in 2019, but Crossen has experience and upside.
Turns 25: October 3, 2021
Bio: Dawson wasn't able to do much during his rookie season as he dealt with an injury and was inactive most of the time upon his return. Still, Dawson was a second-round pick who ran a 4.46 at the 2018 NFL Combine. He has the versatility needed to make an impact in the Patriots' secondary as he could play corner or safety.
Turns 25: October 17, 2021
Bio: DeBrusk was able to make a leap last season for the Bruins. Playing as a second-line winger along with David Krejci, DeBrusk notched 27 goals after netting 16 as a rookie. He has excellent skating ability and his speed should make him a threat to continue to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. DeBrusk also proved to be a handful when on the Bruins' excellent power-play unit. He scored 8 goals on the power-play, good for fourth overall on the team behind David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand.
Turns 25: October 24, 2021
Bio: So far in 2019, Devers has been, arguably, the most most consistent player on the Red Sox. He has the most hits in the MLB (144 as of this writing) and the most doubles as well (37). He has already belted a career-high 22 homers and is second in the AL in batting average, trailing only DJ LeMahieu. Devers' defense has been steadily improving at third base as well, so it's looking possible that he could become an all-around player like the Red Sox were initially hoping. Either way, it appears that he has the No. 2 spot in the lineup locked down long-term.
Turns 25: March 12, 2023
Bio: Edwards was a second-round draft pick by the Celtics in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he easily could've gone in the first round. Edwards was a dynamic scorer at Purdue and averaged 24.3 points per game in his final season with the Boilermakers. Edwards continued to play well during the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged the 15th most points per game of any player with 19.4 while shooting a whopping 46.7 percent from behind the arc. He should have a chance to emerge as the Celtics' top backup to Kemba Walker early in his career.
Turns 25: February 14, 2020
Bio: Fagundez has been a member of the Revolution for nine seasons, playing in 235 matches and totaling 52 goals and 44 assists. He is second in all-time Revs goals only to the great Taylor Twellman (101). Despite Fagundez's extensive history with the club, he has yet to turn 25.
Turns 25: December 10, 2020
Bio: Fall's intimidating, 7-foot-7 frame will strike fear into any trying to face him in the paint. Though he is still developing as a basketball player, Fall averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game at UCF during his senior season. He signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics and became a sensation in the Las Vegas Summer League because of the ease with which he made plays at the rim. He averaged 7.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 77 percent from the floor.
Turns 25: February 11, 2023
Bio: In his first career NHL game, Frederic got into a fight Brandon Tanev and immediately showed off his toughness. While he couldn't quite lock down the third-line center role for the team, he did notch 18 hits, 15 penalty minutes, and three blocked shots in just 19 NHL games. If he can score a bit as he did with the Providence Bruins (11 goals in 45 games) he could become a tough, two-way center with some physicality that the Bruins certainly could use.
Turns 25: August 23, 2023
Bio: Since being the 12th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Groome has had a rocky career. In 2017, he split time between the Lowell Spinners and the Greenville Drive. He thrived in Lowell (1.64 ERA), but struggled in Greenville, posting a 3-7 record and a 6.70 ERA. After missing all of 2018 and part of 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Groome will have a chance to rebuild his prospect status moving forward. He is still well regarded and has a ton of potential.
Turns 25: February 11, 2022
Bio: Harris was a rare 4-year running back in college. He was a top rushing option for Alabama during his career, and he tallied 3,477 scrimmage yards and 25 career touchdowns on 562 touches over four seasons. Despite back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Harris never had a heavy workload in college. His career-high in carries was only 150. Harris will have a chance to earn a role in the Patriots' running back corps and he could help to form a dynamic one-two punch with Sony Michel.
Turns 25: December 17, 2022
Bio: Bill Belichick has only ever used a first-round pick on a receiver once. It was to get N'Keal Harry. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver has great contested catch ability and showed off more athletic ability than many expected at the NFL Combine. Harry had consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons and combined for 17 touchdowns over the course of his final two collegiate years. The Arizona State product will have a chance to emerge quickly in a barren Patriots receiving corps, and he could end up becoming a starter very early in his career.
Turns 25: July 5, 2020
Bio: Heinen didn't quite live up to expectations during the 2018-19 season, but he still logged 34 points and a rating of plus-13 in the regular season despite largely playing on Boston's unsettled third line. Heinen is a good skater and has proven to be durable, playing in 77 games in each of the past two seasons. Notching numbers closer to his 2017-18 totals (16 goals, 31 assists) would be ideal for Heinen if he continues on the third line.
Turns 25: December 17, 2021
Bio: Calling up Hernandez was seen as a bit of a risk for the Red Sox, as he struggled immensely with walks during his minor league career. However, the 22-year-old has proven tough to hit at the major league level, totaling 26 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA in his first 12 innings pitched as a big-leaguer thanks largely to his mid-90s fastball. Odds are his 19.5 K/9 will regress at some point, but so too will his 8.3 BB/9.
Turns 25: November 17, 2020
Bio: Jackson is already the third Patriots cornerback on this list, so that should tell you something about the state the Patriots are in at that position (Hint: It's good). Jackson went undrafted in 2018, but he had 24 tackles and three interceptions in 13 games (5 starts) for the Patriots. He is turning into a steal for the Patriots and they will have to find a way to continue to use him, whether it's in the slot or outside. But eventually, he seems likely to usurp the starting job from Jason McCourty.
Turns 25: June 24, 2022
Bio: Jones was selected 11th overall by the Revolution in the 2019 MLS Superdraft. He had an excellent collegiate career at Michigan State, where he knocked in 16 goals in 76 appearances. So far in 14 games (9 starts) with the Revs, he has logged a goal and an assist.
Turns 25: September 26, 2020
Bio: Kuhlman played in just 11 regular season games for the Bruins last season, but he logged five points in those outings while demonstrating very good skating ability and an effort level that few matched. He was inserted into the lineup in the playoffs to provide an energy boost for the Bruins in the later rounds. It paid off, as he logged 3 points and 8 hits in just 8 games with the team.
Turns 25: October 25, 2024
Bio: The Celtics took Langford in the lottery because of his tough, team-oriented attitude. He played a single collegiate season at Indiana, averaging 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game for the Hoosiers. He did all this while battling through a thumb injury that messed with his shot because he didn't want to let his teammates down. If Langford can improve on his shooting percentages (44.8 from the field, 27.2 from 3-point range) with his thumb now healed, he could quickly find a role on the wing for the Celtics.
Turns 25: December 21, 2022
Bio: McAvoy has turned into a key contributor along the Bruins' blue line, especially during the team's recent run to the Stanley Cup FInal. Assuming the Bruins take care of his contract extension before the start of next season, McAvoy should be a staple as a first-line defenseman for years to come. The Boston University product has tallied 14 goals and 46 assists in his first two years in Boston.
Turns 25: November 9, 2021
At least one undrafted rookie free agent has made the Patriots' initial 53-man roster for 15 straight seasons — and Meyers has a chance at extending that streak to 16. Meyers has been putting in the work at practices, and he's been opening eyes not just with his talent but also his attitude and willingness to learn. But it was his football skills that were on display in New England's preseason opener in Detroit, as he hauled in six catches for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns on eight targets. If he can keep that momentum going and building trust with Tom Brady, the N.C. State product has a chance of sticking around Foxboro for years to come.
Turns 25: February 17, 2020
Bio: Michel had a slow start to his rookie season in New England but came on strong to play a vital role in the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl championship. The 2018 first-round pick racked up 931 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season, and picked it up in the playoffs for 336 yards and six touchdowns in just three games.
Turns 25: May 25, 2021
Bio: Already a five-year veteran in the NHL, Pastrnak became the Bruins' premiere goal scorer over the last three years, scoring 107 of his 132 career goals in that span. Pasta finished with 38 goals in 2018-19, but it would have been a much higher total if not for a thumb injury that cost him significant time.
Turns 25: August 8, 2021
Bio: The Patriots spent a fourth round pick on Stidham in the 2019 NFL Draft, so he has yet to take the field in an official NFL game. With Tom Brady's recent extension, the Pats will have extra time to figure out if Stidham will be the heir-apparent to the GOAT.
Turns 25: February 18, 2024
Bio: The Bruins took Studnicka in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft, but the center has yet to appear in a game for the Black and Gold. He tallied 24 goals and 25 assists with the Niagra IceDogs last season, so a call up may be in the works for Studnicka in 2019-20.
Turns 25: March 3, 2023
Bio: Perhaps the most promising player in Boston right now, Tatum is entering his third year with the Celtics in 2019-20. After averaging 13.9 points as a rookie and 15.7 last season, Tatum is primed for a major jump in production with the departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
Turns 25: January 1, 2024
Bio: The B's first round pick has only appeared in two games so far in his career, and recorded four goals and 10 assists in 30 games with the Providence Bruins. Vaakanainen may get the call to play for the Bruins full-time in 2019-20, so he's a player to keep an eye on in training camp.
Turns 25: January 10, 2023
Bio: Waters was the last player selected by the Celtics in the 2019 NBA Draft. While undersized at the point guard position, he showed out in his first Summer League, flashing an all-around game that gave Boston confidence to give him a two-way contract.
Turns 25: November 30, 2023
Bio: Already a fan favorite, Williams displayed a high basketball IQ and an improved shooting touch in the Vegas Summer League after the Celtics drafted him 22nd overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Williams might be in line for significant playing time this season given the Celtics' lack of depth at the power forward spot.
Turns 25: December 6, 2022
Bio: The Patriots took Williams in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt. The hope is he contributes to a cornerback group featuring Stephon Gilmore and JC Jackson that played fantastic football last season.
ROBERT WILLIAMS III
Turns 25: October 17, 2022
Bio: There are high hopes for the TimeLord going into his second season in the NBA. After appearing in just 32 games last year to average 2.5 points and 1.3 blocks, Williams has a chance to crack the Celtics rotation this season after the departures of Al Horford and Aron Baynes. He still has a long way to go, but Williams certainly has the talent to play significant minutes in the NBA.
Turns 25: April 19, 2020
Bio: The Patriots snagged Winovich in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Michigan, and is expected to be a very productive player on the Patriots as an outside linebacker. He recorded five sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in his final year at Michigan, and presents some versatility to play multiple positions in the front seven.
Turns 25: December 10, 2021
Bio: Wynn missed his entire rookie season after the Patriots selected him in the first round in 2018, but he's in line to be the team's starting left tackle and the hope is he stays there for a long time.
Turns 25: February 21, 2022
Bio: Zboril scored four goals and tallied 15 assists in 68 games with the Providence Bruins last season, but only appeared in two games for the Bruins. He was the team's first round pick in 2015, so you've got to hope Zboril cracks his way into the NHL sometime soon.