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by Adam Baruch / New York Islanders
The 2008 draft pool is considered the deepest in years and the Islanders are set to select higher in this year's Entry Draft than they have in the past seven. With the Islanders selecting fifth in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 20 in Ottawa, many highly-touted prospects will be available for the Isles to choose from. Each week leading up to the draft, will feature a new player who is likely to go early in this year's draft.


Team: Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Position: LW
Born: December 16, 1989 in Brondby, Denmark (Age 18)
Height: 5-11  
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
CSS Final Ranking: 11th among North American skaters

2007-08 Regular Season:
Games Played (62), Goals (29), Assists (44), Points (73), PIM (14)

2008 Playoffs: Games Played (20), Goals (9), Assists (26), Points (35), PIM (2)

Update: Boedker's rookie season in the OHL could not have gone any better. After a solid regular season in which he recorded 29 goals and 44 assists in 62 games, Boedker turned it up in the postseason, recording nine goals and 26 assists in 20 games while leading the Kitchener Rangers to the 2008 OHL championship title. His 26 assists and 35 total playoff points were tied for second overall.

Boedker's 73 regular season points (29-44-73) ranked third overall among OHL rookies and his nine game-winning goals were second overall in the league. For his efforts, Boedker was voted the Western Conference's best skater in the annual coach's poll. He also appeared at the 2008 CHL top prospects game, tallying a goal and an assist while playing on a line with Steven Stamkos.

Playing for his native country Denmark, Boedker finished second on his team in scoring at the 2008 World Junior Championships, tallying two goals and four assists in six games.

Strengths: Known as a tremendous skater with a ton of speed, Boedker quarterbacked the power play for Kitchener this season and spent time on the penalty kill. He is known as a versatile player that has great hands and great vision, which led to 44 assists in the regular season and 26 in the postseason.

Mikkel Boedker
Clips of Mikkel Boedker

What They're Saying:

"Mikkel has world class speed and skill. He has adjusted to the North American game very well and will be an impact player at the NHL level one day."
-    Peter DeBoer / Kitchener Rangers Head Coach

"Boedker has displayed outstanding offensive talents since arriving (to the OHL). He has explosive speed, a great shot and has a good feel for the game."
-    Aaron Bell /

"He always uses great body position to protect the puck. He is very strong on the wall, has a rocket for a shot and is also a great penalty killer. For a player with his type of shot, he probably thinks pass more than shoot. He is a guy who could probably score 30-40 goals very easily if he would shoot a little more."
-    Mike Torchia / Kitchener Rangers Color Analyst


Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM   GP G A Pts PIM
2006-07 Frolunda Jr. Sweden 39 10 30 49 14   - - - - -
2007-08 Kitchener OHL 62 29 44 73 14   20 9 26 35 2
2008 Denmark WJC 6 2 4 6 2   - - - - -

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