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LW Reid Boucher (2011, 99th overall, New Jersey)

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10-23-2011, 05:20 AM
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My God, his shot is NHL caliber. He has a lot more work to do on his skating and other aspects of his game, but holy, you don't see a shot like his come around the OHL very often. Unbelievable

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10-23-2011, 09:37 AM
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Reid now has 12 goals in 12 games. I loved the pick when it was made, and I couldn't have hoped for more out of him.

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10-23-2011, 11:15 AM
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the puck explodes off of his stick. unbelievable. 50 goals is not out of the question for him this year.

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10-23-2011, 11:25 AM
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10-23-2011, 11:33 AM
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If you lke that goal by Boucher, you will love the one from last night's game (tying goal)

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10-23-2011, 11:39 AM
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The goals from last night:


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10-23-2011, 01:20 PM
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The goals from last night:

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10-23-2011, 06:56 PM
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I believe I predicted 50 goals this season with Sarnia from him. At this point, that is 100% attainable.

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10-23-2011, 10:13 PM
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Wow. What a flithy release on that shot. Ridiculous!

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how has his season been up to this point? is he still scoring like a madman?

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Bump. With Reid putting up numbers, what are the opinions on the rest of his game? Has he progressed?

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From everything I can see the dude is a navy seal sniper. Only problem is his questionable mobility and only decent size. He's obviously maxed out at the CHL level. Time to see if he can be successful in the AHL. Certainly that shot should take him somewhere.


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Bump. With Reid putting up numbers, what are the opinions on the rest of his game? Has he progressed?
From what I've seen his skating and composure/confidence with the puck have all improved a good amount. But he's still very inconsistent at times, but that's improving as he is getting to the front of the net more and scoring a lot of Paris like garbage goals to compliment his sniping.

To me, he projects as a 25g+ 45p+ 2nd liner with the potential to score 40 goals if he finds the right setup man.

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01-15-2013, 07:33 AM
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He always reminded me a bit of Michael Ryder every time I saw him. I haven't seen him a whole hell of a lot though.

What do Sting fans think a good comparison for Boucher is?

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To me, he projects as a 25g+ 45p+ 2nd liner with the potential to score 40 goals if he finds the right setup man.
Whoa, I would put the brakes on that myself. I watched a lot of Sting last year and this year and I really like Boucher's game, but I don't see him as much more than a 3rd liner, maybe 2nd liner if everything goes well.

He reminds me a lot of Chris Higgins, and I could see him having a similar type of career. 30 goal scorer if the planets align but otherwise a useful player who can play on any line if need be.

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01-26-2013, 12:03 PM
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LW Reid Boucher (2011, 99th overall, New Jersey)

This year in 47 games he has 63 points

But in terms of NHL readiness he was -19 last year and is +11 this year. Do you guys believe his game will translate well to the NHL? I watch the odd OHL game here and there but for those of you who watch them does he look that good?

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This year in 47 games he has 63 points

But in terms of NHL readiness he was -19 last year and is +11 this year. Do you guys believe his game will translate well to the NHL? I watch the odd OHL game here and there but for those of you who watch them does he look that good?
A lot of the time he is completely unnoticable all night, but will still pot 3 goals. Don't know how he does it.

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01-26-2013, 12:35 PM
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A lot of the time he is completely unnoticable all night, but will still pot 3 goals. Don't know how he does it.
His bread and butter, tha shot!

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01-26-2013, 12:37 PM
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His bread and butter, tha shot!
He does have quite the rocket. Someone on these boards called him a "navy seal-level sniper" which I thought was appropriate

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I will take 40 goals in 47 games

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01-26-2013, 12:59 PM
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He might have the hardest wrist shot I've ever seen in the OHL. His release is awfully slow and his accuracy could be a lot better, but he when he gets his shot off it's usually going in the net. A common complaint amongst Habs who were watching Sarnia was that Boucher would often whiff on chances that were set up by Galchenyuk or Sarault, but lately I haven't seen him do a whole lot. He's really starting to get more confidence and isn't trying to one time the puck every time he touches it.

Boucher isn't very creative at all, but he doesn't pretend to be. He knows his limitations and plays within those. Despite being undersized, he protects the puck well, but he doesn't do it a whole lot. He isn't a run and gun player, he isn't fast enough for that and he very rarely comes flying down the wing and shoots. He's the kind of player who sets up shop in a scoring area and waits for the puck to come to him.

I think he's still a ways away from the NHL, even though his stats look real nice. It certainly doesn't hurt that he plays with Sarault (and Galchenyuk for a large portion of the year), but to say that he entirely relies on them just isn't true. He's a good prospect in his own right. That said, I don't see him being anything more than an 2nd/3rd liner at this point. He isn't the best skater, he isn't creative, and past his offensive zone positioning and wrist shot, he doesn't really have any qualities that say "top six" player to me. But he's amongst the best at what he does and that alone could make him a valuable NHLer in the future.

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01-26-2013, 01:21 PM
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He might have the hardest wrist shot I've ever seen in the OHL. His release is awfully slow and his accuracy could be a lot better, but he when he gets his shot off it's usually going in the net. A common complaint amongst Habs who were watching Sarnia was that Boucher would often whiff on chances that were set up by Galchenyuk or Sarault, but lately I haven't seen him do a whole lot. He's really starting to get more confidence and isn't trying to one time the puck every time he touches it.

Boucher isn't very creative at all, but he doesn't pretend to be. He knows his limitations and plays within those. Despite being undersized, he protects the puck well, but he doesn't do it a whole lot. He isn't a run and gun player, he isn't fast enough for that and he very rarely comes flying down the wing and shoots. He's the kind of player who sets up shop in a scoring area and waits for the puck to come to him.

I think he's still a ways away from the NHL, even though his stats look real nice. It certainly doesn't hurt that he plays with Sarault (and Galchenyuk for a large portion of the year), but to say that he entirely relies on them just isn't true. He's a good prospect in his own right. That said, I don't see him being anything more than an 2nd/3rd liner at this point. He isn't the best skater, he isn't creative, and past his offensive zone positioning and wrist shot, he doesn't really have any qualities that say "top six" player to me. But he's amongst the best at what he does and that alone could make him a valuable NHLer in the future.
Sound like Moulson

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He's going to be a guy who needs to produce at a top six level to stay in the NHL. Basically a clone of post-lockout Petr Sykora.

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Sound like Moulson
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He might have the hardest wrist shot I've ever seen in the OHL. His release is awfully slow and his accuracy could be a lot better, but he when he gets his shot off it's usually going in the net. A common complaint amongst Habs who were watching Sarnia was that Boucher would often whiff on chances that were set up by Galchenyuk or Sarault, but lately I haven't seen him do a whole lot. He's really starting to get more confidence and isn't trying to one time the puck every time he touches it.

Boucher isn't very creative at all, but he doesn't pretend to be. He knows his limitations and plays within those. Despite being undersized, he protects the puck well, but he doesn't do it a whole lot. He isn't a run and gun player, he isn't fast enough for that and he very rarely comes flying down the wing and shoots. He's the kind of player who sets up shop in a scoring area and waits for the puck to come to him.

I think he's still a ways away from the NHL, even though his stats look real nice. It certainly doesn't hurt that he plays with Sarault (and Galchenyuk for a large portion of the year), but to say that he entirely relies on them just isn't true. He's a good prospect in his own right. That said, I don't see him being anything more than an 2nd/3rd liner at this point. He isn't the best skater, he isn't creative, and past his offensive zone positioning and wrist shot, he doesn't really have any qualities that say "top six" player to me. But he's amongst the best at what he does and that alone could make him a valuable NHLer in the future.
Sounds like Petr Sykora.

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