2021 Draft: Sons Who Could Follow Their Father In The NHL
The 2021 NHL Draft takes place July 23-24. The first round is July 23 (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, TVAS) and rounds 2-7 are July 24 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN NOW). NHL.com is counting down to draft with profiles and other features. Today, a look at some players projected to go early in the draft with a dad who played in the league. Full NHL.com Draft coverage can be found here.
Tyler Boucher, of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team, discovered his vocation as a future top forward despite previous visions of following in his father’s footsteps as a goaltender goal.
“He played goalie a few times in a summer league where they switched goalies, and he had goalie gear,” said hockey analyst Brian Boucher, Tyler’s father. . âBut my wife (Melissa) was adamant she didn’t want him playing the goalie role. I think she’s had enough trouble with my career so she didn’t want to relive the torture again. “
Tyler said: “I loved the goalie, but at the same time I kind of wanted to do my own thing. I admire my dad a lot, but I wanted to make my own path and be my own person.”
Brian Boucher, selected No.22 by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1995 NHL Draft, played 328 NHL games in 13 seasons with seven teams. He retired as a player in 2013.
“Tyler kept asking about (the goalie), and we just said, ‘Well you’ve got to be a good skater and then once we get to a certain level you can go. engage, “but at that point he lost interest,” said Boucher. “Even today, he can’t believe he ever mentioned he wanted to be a goalie because he couldn’t imagine dealing with shots like that in practice where the guys throw them at you.
Tyler Boucher (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), 25th in the NHL Central Scouting’s final North American skaters rankings, instead focused on what it would take to become an effective forward at age. 8 years old.
âI’m playing a bit of an old-fashioned, modern-style type of game,â said Tyler Boucher. âI’m a skilled power forward who can skate, shoot the puck pretty hard and score in a lot of areas. I think what separates me is that I play one step ahead. I feel like I bring that presence to every time I play. “
The 18-year-old underwent knee arthroscopy on April 2, but returned to the ice in May to begin training and preparation for his freshman year at Boston University in 2021-22. He was absent for six weeks due to pneumonia before injuring his knee.
âI think I went through all the obstacles you could possibly face during the hockey season,â said Tyler. “I laughed at myself at times, but I believe everything happens for a reason and I think, if anything, I’ve learned to be positive in difficult times.”
Boucher scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 12 games (0.92 points per game) for the NTDP Under-18 team before sustaining his injury. He scored 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 43 games for the Under-17 team in 2019-20.
âI think he’s learning what his game is,â said Brian Boucher. “Tyler has learned that his strength is his power, his size, and he plays with an advantage. He’s a returning player in the sense that he’s a guy who likes to play physically. He likes big shots, but he also likes to play games and create down attack so that’s where he really developed his game. “
Here are four other players whose NHL fathers are slated for selection in the 2021 NHL Draft (listed in alphabetical order):
Cole Sillinger (6-0, 197), C, Sioux Falls (USHL): Sillinger joined Sioux Falls on loan from Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League on January 10 after his WHL season was suspended due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. He was named U.S. Hockey League Rookie of the Year after scoring 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 31 games and is ranked 10th in the final standings of the North Central Skaters Scouting Bureau. Americans. The son of former NHL center Mike Sillinger scored 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in a 14-game streak with one point between February 19 and March 27. Mike Sillinger was selected 11th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Draft and has played for 12 teams in 17 NHL seasons.
Josh Doan (6-2, 180), AD, Chicago (USHL): The son of former NHL forward Shane Doan is 87th overall from the Central North American Skater Scouting Bureau. He was third in USHL scoring with 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 53 games and was tied for fifth with nine power play goals. The 19-year-old was ignored in the 2020 NHL Draft, even though the Central Scouting Bureau ranked him 181st in its final North American figure of skaters. He joined Arizona State University in 2021-2022.
Redmond Savage (5-11, 180), C, United States U-18 (USHL): The 18-year-old is 54th on the Central Scouting Bureau’s North American skater rankings after scoring 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) and shooting 72 shots on goal in 46 games with the development team. of the USA National Hockey Under-18 Team. . Savage, who has scored a goal in five games for the United States at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, will continue his career at the University of Miami (Ohio) in 2021-22. He is the son of Brian Savage, who also frequented Miami (1990-93), was selected in the eighth round (171st overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1991 NHL Draft and played 674 games in the ‘forward in 12 seasons with four teams. .
Chase Stillman (6-1, 180), AD, Sudbury (OHL): The 18-year-old, 35th overall from the Central North American Skater Scouting Bureau, has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in eight games loaned to Esbjerg in the Danish Under-20 League. He has four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games for Canada, No. 1 at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. His father, Cory Stillman, played 1,025 NHL games as a forward in 16 seasons with six teams and won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
Others to watch: Ryan St. Louis, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP), son of former NHL forward Martin St. Louis; Shane Lachance, AG, Junior Bruins (NCDC), son of former NHL defenseman Scott Lachance; Nick Malik, G, Frydek-Mistek (CZREP-2), son of former NHL defenseman Marek Malik; Justin Robidas, C, Val-d’Or (LHJMQ), son of former NHL defenseman StÃ©phane Robidas
Photo credit: Rena Laverty, NTDP
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