Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his annual rankings of the top 30 draft-eligible prospects. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 26-27.
|(Photo Courtesy of the USHL) |#22 - BROCK BOESER
Right Wing, Waterloo (USHL)
6’1”, 186 lbs.
A detailed sharp shooter with a power forward mentality, Boeser exploded statistically as a USHL rookie in 2014-15. He finished tied for the league lead with 35 goals and 68 total points for the always-contending Waterloo Black Hawks. The lights-out performance earned Boeser both USHL First Team All-Star and All-Rookie Team honors.
A year removed from tearing up the Minnesota high school ranks with 21 goals in 24 games with the Burnsville Blaze, Boeser quickly proved himself at the Junior “A” level as an instinctive goal scorer with anchor-like strength on the puck.
Boeser’s resume shows him battling for position near the crease and dominating possession beneath the goal line, making the balanced blend of power and soft hands an ideal fit for a grinding, puck-control system.
It didn’t matter where Boeser played in 2014-15. All he did was score goal after goal from different spots on the ice. Aside from his pace-setting total in Waterloo, the hard-working right winger scored six times in five games for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. He followed that up with another impressive international showing in November when he scored four in four games at the World Junior “A” Challenge.
Committed to the perennial National Collegiate Hockey Conference powerhouse at the University of North Dakota, Boeser will look to get quicker and round out the finer details of his play away from the puck over the next few seasons, all the while sharpening his natural knack for scoring a healthy share of goals.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.