DOB: April 5, 2001
Birthplace, Millis, MA, USA
Weight: 188 lbs
Team: U18 US National Development Program
With the 10th pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Vancouver Canucks are proud to select from the US National Team Development Program, Matthew Boldy.
The Canucks need help, this is hardly a secret. They have the beginnings of a good core, some very solid pieces you can build a pretty good team around. But right now, this franchise is a mess, with a number of overpaid, underproducing and ultimately underwhelming players, and GM Jim Benning will have his hands full trying to clear the deadwood and use their cap space intelligently to try and get the team that’s basically been the worst over the last 4 years on average and get them back to where they can contend again.
A guy like Matthew Boldy should be able to help, and it would be a pretty great thing for him to still be on the table by the time Benning approaches the podium. Here’s his rankings heading into the draft:
Ranked #9 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
Ranked #7 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #8 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #11 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #9 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #10 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #7 by TSN/McKenzie
In a draft year that has 2 legit superstars available, the #3-10 picks are thought to be almost interchangable, and it’s pretty likely that someone scoops Boldy before the Canucks get a shot at him. You can’t blame them either. He’s been a big part of that 2001 crop for the USNTDP that has 4 forwards listed in the top 10 of almost every list out there. And what team wouldn’t want a guy putting up points at a 1.25 PPG clip to play alongside guys like Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser?
There’s some discussion that the Canucks should be looking to take a defenceman in this draft, and the back end should look a lot different in this upcoming season (thank god). The NM staff engaged in a pretty spirited debate over whether they should select Boldy or Swedish Defenceman, who looks like he could be a very solid mid-pairing Dman. There was yelling. Names were called. Hurtful ones. I actually fired everyone at one point, but didn’t tell them so no harm, no foul, right?
At the end of the day, if the Canucks aren’t putting together multiple scoring lines, they run the risk of being a version of the Edmonton Oilers, just in a far more attractive city. Jim Benning has had the Canucks spinning their wheels for some time now. If he can’t get some traction and actually start moving this team forward, the ownership needs to address that, and despite what they say, there has to be pressure on Benning and his group to start getting out of the basement.
Boldy is an elite level playmaker, one who could pile up points with the Pettersson-Boeser pairing, or elevating other lines to help the Canucks become a team that has their opponents second guessing defensive strategies. Another thing to like about Boldy is that as good of a playmaker as he is, he likes to shoot the puck, and has a pretty accurate shot, another thing the Canucks desperately need: A power forward in the style of Matthew Tkachuk. Probably not the same level of nasty as the Flames emerging star, but he’s not afraid to use his size.
And now for the bad news (and shame on you if you didn’t think that there would be, this is the Canucks we’re talking about). Should they be able to grab Boldy, he has already committed to the NCAA’s Boston College for next season, so it will be at least a year before we could see him in action. The majority of Canucks fans know this tirefire isn’t going to be fixed overnight, and we’ve repeatedly stated out patience for an actual rebuild, so it’s not super bad news, but the thoughts that things could get better right away have more to do with how the Canucks do in free agency and not the draft.
Here’s how the draft has shaped up so far: