Who is this Guy?
Name: Brock Boeser (pronounced Besser)
Weight: 191 lbs
Born February 25, 1997 in Burnsville. Minnesota
Current Team: Waterloo (USHL)
Next Season: North Dakota (NCAA)
The Hockey News: 14
Future Considerations: 26
Bob McKenzie: 26
NHL Central Scouting: 27
What the Scouts Say:
TSN.ca's Director of Scouting Craig Button: "Brock is a multiple force offensive player. He can score in multiple ways and gets himself into prime scoring positions. Creates opportunities off the cycle and from below the goal line. Nice touch around net but can score from 30 feet. Sets his hands exceptionally well to score with an excellent release and makes it difficult for goalies to get a read on his shot. Determined, driven player.
draftsite's Bill Placzek: Slippery centre-forward who is patient and disciplined when in control of the puck. Displays excellent feet and bursts. can stop/start very quickly and his agility and separation skills and agility can cause fits in defenders. Makes plays by drawing in defenders, going laterally, then times perfect passes to his wingers that were able to jump free while he held on. Always keeps feet going when he doesn’t have the puck, and gets loose from his checks in scoring areas. Seems like more of a scorer than a strong set-up man. Needs to get a stronger presence on the wall and stay involved when he doesn’t have the puck on his stick.
Eliteprospects's Curtis Joe: A dynamic offensive winger and natural goal scorer. Has great instincts and is able to quickly get into position for premium scoring chances; possesses an accurate release on his shot which he can get off in the blink of an eye. He always knows where his linemates are, and is a great passer; that being said, his individual puck possession play is incredible and sets him apart as an offensive player. He will need to work on defensive zone coverage and a slew of small details such as board battles, but Brock Boeser has a ton of elite-level scoring potential due to the way he can read, make, and finish plays. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014) -
On Ice Performances
Boeser finished 3rd in USHL scoring this year (35 goals, 33 assists for 68 points in 57 games) which made him a 1st team all-star. He was also named to the all-rookie team this year.
The Minnesotan has spent some time on the international stage having been part of the American entry in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Cup. During this tournament he put up 6 goals and 2 assists while serving as the Captain on the bronze medal winning team.
Life Off Ice
Let's just say that this young man has been dealt a very challenging hand. He's had to endure his father's diagnosis with Parkinson's in addition to a car accident that almost took his father's life and the death of his close friends. The Star-Tribune puts these life altering events into perspective here
Some say Patrick Sharp, others say Kyle Okposo. The consensus is that Brock Boeser's upside is a top 6 winger who can chip in 30 or so goals at the NHL level.
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