20 Prospects in 20 Days: Brock Boeser

(Steph Regenold)

(Steph Regenold)

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy)

With only 8 days left until the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida, we will be breaking down a prospect each day up until June 26th. Today, we will take a closer look at forward Brock Boeser.

(NHL.com)

Right Wing Brock Boeser, Waterloo (USHL), 18 years

Height: 6’0” Weight: 191 pounds, Shoots: Right

RANKED:

NHL Central Scouting: 27th among North American Skaters

TSN: 9th among all players

 2014-15 Stats: 57 games, 35 goals, 33 assists, 68 points, 30 penalty minutes

Brock Boeser is one of the most intriguing players in this draft class. The former 4th overall pick in the 2013 USHL Draft was traded from Sioux City to Waterloo after just 8 games with Sioux City. The decision to trade for Boeser paid off big time for the Blackhawks. The American-born forward notched 68 points in 57 games this past season. His team did not make the playoffs, but he was the captain of Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, where his team won a bronze medal. Boeser scored 6 goals in 5 games there. He definitely has the talent to be a sniper and a playmaker, but he has a lethal one-timer. His quick release and hard wrist shot make him a big threat to put the puck in the net. Boeser is also a good distributor with the puck as well as he has good vision and can find open areas. He’s also not afraid to go into the dirty areas, but he could use a little more strength to win more of those battles. Once he gets going, Boeser is a good skater. However, it takes him a little bit longer than it should to start out. A quicker first few steps could make him even more dangerous. His defensive work is full of ups and downs. At times, he backchecks really hard and blocks passes. But then are other times where he watches the puck and gets caught way out of position. A little more consistency with his two-way game would really help him out in the NHL. No one is really sure when Boeser will get selected but he is a potential first-round pick. TSN is very high on him as they ranked him 9th overall. But NHL Central Scouting only ranked him 27th among North American skaters, which is a big difference. It will be interesting to see where he goes. I see Boeser as a guy who is 2-3 years away from being in the NHL. However, that shouldn’t shy any teams away because he is a very special player. If he can reach his potential, he will be a good top-6 winger for years to come. He models his game after New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo. I’m sure Boeser would love a career like Okposo’s.

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Previously Seen in “20 Prospects in 20 Days”:

Lawson Crouse
Noah Hanifin
Ivan Provorov
Kyle Connor
Timo Meier
Dylan Strome
Mitch Marner
Mathew Barzal
Thomas Chabot
Evgeny Svechnikov
Mikko Rantanen
Ilya Samsonov