Prospect Profile: Reid Boucher – Forward
The New Jersey Devils are looking for a forward who can put up big offensive numbers. But, they may not have to sign a big free agent or make a blockbuster trade, as the person who could potentially put up those numbers is currently attending the Devils’ Prospect Camp, and coming off a strong season in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting. That man is Reid Boucher.
In only his second season in juniors, Boucher broke the Sting’s record for most goals in a single season, which was held by a former Sting player: Steven Stamkos (some of you may have heard of him). Besides breaking the record with an outstanding 62 goals in 68 games, Boucher finished the season with 33 assists giving him 95 points in only 68 games. Such a performance allowed Boucher to be named to the OHL’s First All-Star Team.
After the OHL season was over, the Devils signed Boucher to the typical three-year Entry Level Contract, and Boucher began play in the American Hockey League for the Albany Devils. In his first game with the Devils, Boucher collected a goal and two assists.
The interesting statistic on Boucher’s record-breaking performance, was the numbers he put up in the second half of the season. He scored 12 more goals than he did in the first half. Impressive considering most players lose energy and momentum during the second half of the season from fatigue. But Boucher, despite losing his first-half center Alex Galchenyuk, went above and beyond expectations, as he knew he had to become the star of the team.
With his quick hands and accurate shot, Boucher has the skills to become a successful player in the National Hockey League. His hockey sense is to be compared to a seasoned NHL veteran— great vision and knows where to be on the ice in order to create offensive chances.
While he may not be up in the NHL this season, expect Boucher to be in the NHL, full-time, in the 2014-2015 season.
Posted on July 17, 2013, in Albany Devils, Devils Prospects, New Jersey Devils, Prospect Profile and tagged albany devils, hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL, OHL, Reid Boucher, sarnia sting, steven stamkos. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.