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03-29-2013, 02:27 PM
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Devils/Albany Signs Reid Boucher PTO

http://www.thealbanydevils.com/devils-sign-boucher

Very excited to see this kid in the professional world.

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Didn't realize he was 195 that's pretty stocky for 5-11. Would be so awesome if he stays a big time scorer at the professional level.

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03-29-2013, 03:03 PM
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If it's confirmed that Reid and Merrill will be in the lineup tomorrow I will drive up to Albany for the game.

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Id love to see them play.

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I could see Boucher playing right away. He spent some time in Albany last year so he knows the system. Not sure if they would throw Merrill in right away without any practices.

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I could see Boucher playing right away. He spent some time in Albany last year so he knows the system. Not sure if they would throw Merrill in right away without any practices.
Merrill played last night, had an assist and was +2

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Merrill played last night, had an assist and was +2
That's a fantastic start. I have high hopes for him.

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Merrill played last night, had an assist and was +2
Yea I was kind of surprised he played. Listening to the radio feed it seemed like he played a lot too. They used him on the PK and PP.

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Yea I was kind of surprised he played. Listening to the radio feed it seemed like he played a lot too. They used him on the PK and PP.
As well they should have. He's an all-situations defenceman, and probably their most talented defenceman as soon as he joined the team. No reason not to put him through his paces.

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Already scored. Good for him.

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Reid Boucher with his first goal of the year for Albany.

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Merrill assisted on it.

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Merrill assisted on it.
That's pretty cool and encouraging.

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Boucher with a 3 pt game so far tonight 1g 2ast. Albany leads 4-2

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Merrill: 2 Assists and is a +1 so far tonight

Boucher: 1 Goal 2 Assists and is a +2.

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While numbers only tell part of the story, it's impossible not to hear this type of result in his first game and not smile. Hope it's the first of many productive games for the kid.

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Awesome, very exciting to see some hot prospects once again moving through the system!!

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It's only two games, but 3 assists from Merrill is a very nice start.
It's only one game, but 3 points from Boucher is a very nice start.

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I hope he's given an opportunity to make the team next year. If Matteau was then I think Boucher deserves it too. He could even address a need of ours which is definitely scoring. If not just a little sneak preview like Matteau got.

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I hope he's given an opportunity to make the team next year. If Matteau was then I think Boucher deserves it too. He could even address a need of ours which is definitely scoring. If not just a little sneak preview like Matteau got.
He'll no doubt get an invite to training camp but I see him in the A for one more year. He'll get call ups no doubt and chances to prove himself as injuries happen so he'll get a fair shake but his development is a priority.

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I wonder how he does in shootouts

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I hope he's given an opportunity to make the team next year. If Matteau was then I think Boucher deserves it too. He could even address a need of ours which is definitely scoring. If not just a little sneak preview like Matteau got.
I don't where Boucher is in his development and have no idea how good he is...

My gut instinct though, is a forward of his age, stature and flaws (that I only know about from reading and not seeing) needs time in the AHL.

Without knowing full details of his game but having seen other forwards brought up too soon, my instinct is him getting an opportunity next season would be a mistake...

Merrill on the other hand is a different story. I hope he gets a realshot.

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Merrill: 2 Assists and is a +1 so far tonight

Boucher: 1 Goal 2 Assists and is a +2.
Very cool to see them making an impact immediately.

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Didn't Stephen Gionta score a hat trick in his first AHL game?

Seems like all of our guys love to make a splash as soon as they go pro

Nevertheless, great start for them, hopefully both keep it up.

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Very excited about the starts of Boucher and Merril's professional career. I have a feeling Merril is only gonna need on more year in the AHL before he's NHL ready. Boucher I believe will only take 2 full years in AHL also. Just a hunch. Hope I'm right.

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