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Mikkel Boedker
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Mikkel Boedker  #89

Arizona Coyotes  Left Wing
NUMBER: 89 BIRTHDATE: December 16, 1989  (AGE 24)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Brondby, Denmark
WEIGHT: 211 DRAFTED: PHX / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (8th overall)    Prospect Bio
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Selected eighth overall in last year's NHL Entry draft, Boedker is the highest drafted Danish player in NHL history and currently leads all Coyotes rookies in goals, assists and points (7-11-18). <br /> <br /> The five-foot-11, 202-pound winger, Boedker led his Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup final in 2008 posting six points in five games (2-4-6) after finishing second overall in Ontario Hockey League playoff scoring with 35 points (9-26-35) to propel his team to the OHL title in 2008. His junior career was also highlighted by his participation in the 2008 World Junior Championships for Denmark alongside his older brother, Mads. <br /> <br /> Born in Brondby, Denmark, he moved away from home at the age of 15 to play for Frolunda in the Swedish Junior League where he won a championship in 2006-07 before debuting with Kitchener in 2007-08. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On how he became a hockey player growing-up in Denmark: &quot;There was something about hockey, it was the feeling I got getting out there on the ice. It was so different and it wasn't what everybody else was doing. It was different from soccer and handball. I played soccer and I played tennis, but I always came back to hockey and I'm happy to have done that.&quot; <br /> <br /> On looking up to his brother: I always kind of looked up to my brother. He's two years older than me. So I always looked up to him and tried to be like him. He's a great inspiration for me. He taught me a lot of stuff, and I try to do my best. But sometimes I wouldn't listen, you know, when your brother tells you to do stuff. You just say, 'oh, whatever'. But at the end of the day, I always listened to him. I follow his lead. Some of his advice is making me the player I am right now. So, hopefully, I can make my family proud and show them that I really can play. <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky: &quot;He's got NHL speed already. A lot of these kids who come in at 18 or 19 have hockey sense or they have size but they don't have that NHL step yet. The other thing he has in his favour is where he played junior. He was really well-coached by Pete DeBoer because he's strong defensively. I can use him to kill penalties. I can put him on in the last minute. You don't see that very often with kids ... he's got the speed, he loves to play, and I can push him hard and he looks you right in the face and wants to get better.&quot; <br /> <br /> Florida Head Coach and Boedker's former coach in Kitchener Peter DeBoer: &quot;Boedker's got world-class speed, he's explosive, he's strong and he's competitive. When you're standing behind a bench, whether it's in the NHL or the OHL, everybody is looking for those types of players. Players that can back teams off with their speed, that are willing to go into the corners and try and win battles, and that are defensively responsible. This kid does all of that.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=1110023">Boedker in a league of his own</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=19057">2008 Entry Draft Profile</a><br /> <a href="http://coyotes.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=-6&amp;id=30363">Coyotes TV: Named to YoungStars Game</a><br /> <br />
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