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Top of the Class: Brady Tkachuk

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

According to many of the pre-Draft rankings, Boston University's Brady Tkachuk could be the top player left on the board when the Sens are set to make the 4th overall selection at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas and he's the focus of this week's Top of the Class profile presented by Sport Chek.

 

VITALS

  • Team: Boston University (NCAA)
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6' 3"
  • Weight: 196 lbs
  • Born: September 16th, 1999

 

PROFILE

Like the other top prospects available in this draft, Brady Tkachuk possesses a unique skill set. He has the size, speed and physicality to develop into a prototypical power winger in the NHL but he also has the pedigree to go along with the hype.

Tkachuk's father (Keith) and brother (Matthew) have both excelled in the National Hockey League and now Brady is looking to forge his own path by drawing from them.

"I like to model off both," Tkachuk told NHL.com back in November. "Take a little off my dad and my brother. I don't really have anything that they don't have. My brother around the net, my dad's toughness and feistiness."

Matthew Tkachuk, who was selected 6th overall by the Calgary Flames back in 2016, has transitioned smoothly to the NHL and sees a lot of the same qualities in his younger brother that have made him successful...and then some.

"He's way bigger and stronger than I am," said Matthew, who was 6-1, 202 pounds when he was drafted. "Around the net we're pretty similar. He's a lot faster than I am. He's more of a threat in all areas of the game than I was. I was a little more offensive minded where he provides everything. He's tougher than I am, he's more physical than I am. From what I've seen he looks like he could be a step ahead of me."

More from NHL.com:

  • Tkachuk recorded 8-23-31 in 40 games during his freshman year at Boston University, where he helped the Terriers claim the Hockey East Championship and was named to the all-rookie team.

  • Captained Team USA's gold medal-winning entry at the 2017 under-18 world championship (1-6-7 in 7 GP) and earned a bronze medal at the 2018 world junior championship (3-6-9 in 7 gp). 

 

SCOUTING REPORT

"He's a complete package who can be impactful in every situation, with and without the puck. If you need a goal, he'll go get a scoring chance. If you're protecting a lead, he'll be responsible defensively. If you need someone to go in there and throw their weight around a little bit, he's a guy who steps up. He seems to rise to those occasions." - Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr

 

RANKINGS

  • NHL Central Scouting: #2 North American
  • ISS: #4
  • TSN: #4
  • Future Considerations: #4
  • McKeen's Hockey: #5

 

HIGHLIGHTS

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STATISTICS

STATISTICS

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

P

PIM

2017-18

BOSTON U.

H-EAST

40

8

23

31

61

2016-17

USA U-18

NTDP

52

22

23

45

115

2016-17

TEAM USA

USHL

24

12

11

23

73

2015-16

USA U-17

NTDP

55

9

16

25

56

2015-16

TEAM USA

USHL

32

4

4

8

36

 

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