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01-28-2013, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by CerebralGenesis View Post
I didn't know that another random poster gave that scouting report. I was hoping it was from an actual scout of some kind. No offense to the posters here but there are a lot coming from a myriad of hockey experience.
I posted that. I've seen nearly every game he's played this season, so I feel rather confident in opinion of Boucher. I've been watching the OHL for a long time, but I certainly don't have credentials in hockey (similar to almost every poster here).

Originally Posted by Saugus View Post
I just looked at the report again, doesn't "his accuracy is bad" make the next phrase "when he gets his shot off, it's usually going in the net" a logical contradiction?

I'm not sure what to believe here, everything I've been told about him and everything I've seen the couple times I've watched full games of him, suggest that his wrist shot is hard and accurate, with a quick and deceptive release. Apart from that, he doesn't have much going for him, but sometimes a good shot is enough.
I guess. I thought it was fairly clear when I said, "when he gets his shot off, it's usually going in the net" meant that when he loads up his shot and gets it on net. I apologize if it wasn't. His release isn't quick by any means, but it's something that he's clearly improved since last season and continues to improve.

Originally Posted by Ronnie Bass View Post
If that scouting report is accurate about the time he takes shooting that too can be an issue, he ain't going to have the time in the NHL to get his shot off that he has in juniors. I never realized how much of a project he really is.
Like I said, it isn't quick, but he's clearly improved on it and I have no doubt that he will continue to do just that. I wouldn't be concerned about his release too much, it's only going to improve. The main concern about him is skating and as a smallish player that's a big concern, but it hasn't held him back at the OHL level, so we'll see how it translates to the pro level.

He goes to the front of the net, he knows how to get open, and he battles hard to get into open ice. He's strong on his skates which makes him he's hard to push around once he decides where he's going set up. He knows how to score goals and he's scored a lot of them at every level he's played, so there's little doubt in my mind that he'll continue that at the next level.

One last thing I forgot to touch on. Boucher is actually pretty good defensively, when taking into account that he's a goal scorer it makes it pretty impressive. He plays on the first penalty kill unit (with Sarault) and is usually on the ice when Sarnia needs to protect a lead late in the game. He's never going to be known for his defensive game, but he will not be liability in his own zone.

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