At the moment sitting down sixth in AHL scoring is the Utica Comets’ Reid Boucher who is boasting 49 details in 42 video games in 2018-19 — the Vancouver Canucks are lacking their window of option to extract Boucher’s possible.
On prime of his 1.17 details-per-recreation, Boucher is also fourth the AHL in aims (24) inspite of playing a few video games significantly less than the leader, who has 27, and is in contention for the Willie Marshall Award, offered to the participant who scores the most typical-time aims. He’s currently crushed his 46 details from very last time and is poised to surpass his 25 aims. The Lansing, Michigan item also hit the 200-stage milestone before this thirty day period. His stellar enjoy is a big variable in the Comets’ profitable methods, as they sit third in the North Division and seventh in the league.
Why are not the Canucks working with this guy? Very well, they variety of have, but not in the way they really should — in 48 video games with the Canucks, he’s averaged 11:42 of ice time and chalked up eight aims and 4 helpers, commonly in a base-six ability.
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Boucher Isn’t Getting Any More youthful
The 25-year-previous Boucher is a former fourth-round pick (98th in general) of the New Jersey Devils in 2011. Following a damaged five-time stint with the Devils, he was a little bit of a suitcase for the 2016-17 time as he bounced from the Nashville Predators, back again to the Devils and sooner or later landed with the Canucks. He has 133 NHL video games under his belt for a few distinctive franchises.
Boucher’s one-year, $725,000 agreement with the Canucks expires immediately after the 2018-19 time. Down the stretch, I’d love to see the Canucks providing him some seems to be in a prime-six purpose with some 2nd-device power-enjoy time. I’d despise to see Boucher walk in the offseason to a staff who can give him the highlight he’s gained with his AHL efficiency above the previous couple seasons.
Boucher’s offensive prowess actually started out to glow via when he skated for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL and set up 90 aims and 145 details in 135 video games, highlighted by his 62 aims and 95 details in the 68-recreation 2012-13 time. He’s by no means been the largest guy on the ice, or even the fastest, but he does possess the means to come across and generate open up ice for himself. Then, when he results in options via that open up ice, he capitalizes.
Boucher’s Future With the Canucks?
I really feel that Boucher’s upcoming with the Canucks business is dependent on the back again-9 of this time — as I talked about, if they really do not give him some seems to be in the remaining video games of the time, he could head for significantly less-crowded pastures in the offseason. I would not blame him at all. He’s strongly in the operating for the AHL’s Willie Marshall Award, and yet he has only laced up for one recreation, for five minutes, with the Canucks this time. That doesn’t make a large amount of sense, does it?
The Canucks have a range of gamers who are not precisely playing their finest hockey, and yet they are acquiring a balanced amount of money of time in the NHL. Just one name that promptly jumps to brain is Nikolay Goldobin who, inspite of being fourth in staff scoring, is not playing at a level deserving of continual quality seems to be from the Canucks. I’m not declaring that Goldy really should be replaced by Boucher, but I believe the video games and ice time could be divided up a little bit more similarly, specifically thinking of that this time has been published off as a rebuilding one.
As the Comets time rolls on, one can only assume Boucher is heading to proceed to pad his resume, and if he maintains his scoring and the Comets proceed to get, he could probably provide home a pair of pieces of hardware. This would only tack on a couple more figures to any possible qualifying features the Canucks send to their soon-to-be limited free agent.
Canucks & Boucher Verdict
The Canucks’ window is closing speedily for them to come to a decision whether or not Boucher is in their extended-time period options. Frankly, I consider they’ve currently missed their opportunity, and I also consider that he’s heading to come across accomplishment with a further staff as soon as following time. Supplying a possible Willie Marshall Award winner five minutes of NHL ice time all time is practically nothing small of a slap in the confront, and probably a significant knock on Boucher’s self esteem.
Aside from Boucher, there are no NHL-ready prime-six wingers on the Comets — Jonathan Dahlen is the following closest and he’s however a time or two absent, and even if Tanner Kero slid to the wing from centre, he’d however be a pair seasons absent. Outside of that, names like Kole Lind and Jonah Gadjovich are also on the arrive-up, but however really much absent. There are holes in the Canucks’ prime-six, and until finally individuals voids are loaded, this staff is heading to be a fringe playoff squad at finest.
There are 22 video games remaining for the Canucks. Give Boucher 10-15 video games in the prime-six and see if he can start off to develop some cohesion with the staples of Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Sven Baertschi. Then, in the offseason attempt to lock him down for a multi-year deal that doesn’t harm the bank as well badly.
What do you believe about Boucher? Are the Canucks blowing it with him? Is he practically nothing more than an AHL-stud? Permit me know your views in the comments down below!