Tyler Boucher may not have been a consensus number 10 pick.
In fact, many Draft experts had the Boston University commit slotted in the mid-second to third round. However, Senators chief amateur scout and general manager Pierre Dorion each felt the United States National Development Team Program forward was the best fit for a club that’s seeking to add organizational depth on the right side.
Mann noted on TSN1200, he had heard chatter Boucher wouldn’t have been available by the time the Senators number 39 pick came around, and that the team’s goaltending depth was stronger than on right wing.
“For us he’s a power forward. He’s a guy with great speed. He uses his body, but one of things he does probably well is his ability to finish, score goals from outside the dots, but also from close to the net at the paint. I was thoroughly impressed. Never took a shift off. Always moving his feet, always involved. What impressed me the most when he had the puck, you saw he had a knack to go the net and try and score,” said Dorion.
In a year in which Boucher explained had its “ups and downs,” he skated in only 19 games in 2020-21 due to suffering a sprained MCL, a small meniscus tear, not to mention a bout of Covid-19. But in those few games playing on the USNSTP junior, U-17 and U-18 teams, the six-foot-one, 201-pound, Boucher notched 12 goals, seven assists, while posting 43 penalty minutes.
Playing with an edge, the Haddonfield, NJ-born 18-year old has drawn comparisons of Washington Capitals strongman Tom Wilson.
“I think we have similar traits. I am my own player in my own ways. I think we play the same in the aspect of throwback players, very aggressive power forward – just play with an edge, but can score goals. I think have a pretty dangerous shot, and making plays, just being hard and heavy on the boards.” Boucher noted on his post-Draft Zoom call.
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“I had a good Zoom with them before, a good talk. I had a good feeling about it. When we were at the table, honestly I had no idea. My dad winked at me, and I was kind of confused. I guess they kind of said my name and I kind of blacked out from there. It’s a great organization. I used to love watching them when Erik Karlsson was there back in the day. I think it’s a great spot. I think they have great fans. I think that playing hockey in Canada is something that’s really cool and really special – something I haven’t got to experience – something I’m looking forward to.”
Boucher who’s spoken to Brady Tkachuk a “good amount” of times will follow in what’s hoped to be his eventual teammate’s footsteps.
“I grew up watching college hockey my whole life -something I dream about. Me being an East Coast kid, we used to go to college games. Obviously BU has a great history, players. We having a great coaching staff. We have a great school. I don’t think there’s a better fit for me.”