Mikkel Boedker Five Years Later

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Mikkel Boedker — 

Mikkel Boedker played this past season in the NHL for the Phoenix Coyotes

Position: LW                Shoots: Left
DOB: Dec. 16,  Brondby, Den

Height: 5’11                 Weight: 195

Selected by: Phoenix   Round :1st   Overall: 8th   Year: 2008 NHL Entry Draft

I will be continuing my “look back” at NHL prospects a few years after their draft year and today we are going to look at Phoenix Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker. 

I like to pick a current roster player on one of my favorite teams and look back at their post draft projections.  The projections are based on their amateur careers and draft position.  One of my favorite websites for this sort of thing is Hockey’s Future.

Boedker played 1 season in the Ontario Hockey League for the Kitchener Rangers. He posted an impressive 29 goals, 44 assists for a total of 73 points along with 14 PIM and a plus/minus rating of +6 in 62 games and an even more impressive 9 goals, 26 assists for a total of 35 points along with 2 PIM in 20 playoff games. He made quite an impact for a first year player.  Let’s see what the guys at Hockey’s Future said.

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Boedker

After Five Years In The NHL

It’s been 5 years since the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and Oliver Boedkers evaluation from the guys at Hockey’s Future was partially correct.  Their analysis of Boedker is sound but he hasn’t held up his part of the bargain IMO.  

The guys at Hockey’s Future gave him a Prospect Talent Score (PTS) of 8.0 and a Probability Of Success (POS) rating of B. I believe he’ll get there and there are signs he should be getting close but he’s not there yet.

Mikkel Boedker’s transition to the pro-game has been a little slower than some would like but he is still fairly new to the North American game.  He had a tremendous first year in Kitchener but it is an even bigger transition from the OHL straight to the NHL.  It’s one thing to have success vs his teenage peers but he is now competing against men in the best hockey league in the world.  

He has a skill-set to be a good offensive winger at the NHL level.  He is a decent, but not great defensive player and with a little more work on his defensive game he will be a solid 200 foot forward.  

Boedker just needs to keep his scoring numbers trending upwards and he should meet the teams expectations and needs.  He is the next wave of Phoenix top-line forward and is going to be relied on for scoring at even strength and on the powerplay.  I think Mikkel Boedker is still growing into his role as an top six forward and I believe he will make some strides this year to get there.   He should be a mainstay on the Coyotes top two lines for many years.    

In conclusion it is my opinion that Mikkel Boedker will and needs to hit the 50 point mark this season for the Phoenix Coyotes to have a successful season.  It’s time for him to step up and reach for the next level.  

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