Each day over the next month leading up to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 22 in Dallas, we will be taking a look at the top 31 prospects avail [To continue reading full article, click here: Draft Prospect Profile: Evan Bouchard]
The chances he is on the board at #9 are very likely, along with TWO of the other defenders.
Yeah, I think the skating knock is unwarranted; he just isn’t one of the elite 4-direction fireball guys.
The other difference in my mind is the opinions that he is more of a finesse defender, and you want more Seabrook – like physicality if the guy has a bit of size.
Best PP shot and QB in the class, and close to ready physically to get a NHL look sooner.
Here is my DraftSite profile on him:
Big impact defender who some have categorized as a power play specialist, although I think that is understating his overall game and upside. Has been at the top or close to the top in defenseman scoring this entire year in the OHL. He was named captain of his club, and plays really smart in both ends. Has good balance and good four-direction skating ability, despite not being categorized as a fast agile lateral mover with a big burst up ice. Thinks the game at an elite level, and in March was leading his team in scoring. Has little problem getting involved up ice on the rush and is very comfortable using his skill set and decision-making to create from the blue line. He has an excellent hard point shot, but always looks for the best pass too. Skates a bit upright, but it doesn’t hamper his vision or coolness in his own end and when things are starting to develop on the offensive. The sport has reached a skill level where there is a division that separates the position of defenseman into two distinct type styles, and at this point, Bouchard falls into the “has decent size and power, but lacks that lightning speed” side. Still developing, he projects as a right-side backline leader who continues to grow his game to where he achieves high pair NHL status.