Kicking off the 2018 NHL Draft rankings for CanucksArmy is the 100th ranked prospect for the upcoming draft class, is Shawn Boudrias.
The Laval native was passed over in his first year of draft eligibility after being limited to 33 points in 58 games split between the Charlottetown Islanders and Gatineau Olympiques but has put himself in contention of being selected this season following a point-per-game pace in his draft plus one year.
As we’ll see below, the big winger has some encouraging cohorts, underlying stats and attractive skillset that makes him an intriguing prospect in the middle rounds.
Without further ado, let’s get going on the CanucksArmy Top 100 draft rankings!
- Age/Birthdate: 18.00 / September 14, 1999
- Birthplace: Terrebonne, QC, CAN
- Frame: 6-foot-5 / 205 lbs
- Position: RW
- Handedness: R
- Draft Year Team: Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
- Accomplishments/Awards: None
By the Numbers
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Bourdrias scoring was a bit sporadic through the year with fairly limited 5v5 production, aside from the outburst in the latter parts of the year. But the fact that he is in the upper percentiles of the majority of draft analytics categories is noteworthy and is why he cracks our top 100 prospects.
About 33.9% of statistically comparable players went onto becoming NHL regulars with an expected production of 27.4 points per 82 games.
Despite seeing a pGPS success rate of 11.4% during his first year of draft eligibility, Bourdias was passed over and is available in his second year of eligibility. That increase year over year is a really encouraging sign and something that would’ve been extremely noteworthy for any prospect.
In fairness to Boudrias, he was two days away from being eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft and thus getting passed on in his first year of draft eligibility (2017) isn’t a large indictment on his quality as a prospect. He was able to take on a bigger role this season and took advantage of that to post a point per game pace.
Boudrias is a gritty winger who isn’t afraid to take the body when engaged in battles for a loose puck. He’s very strong along the boards and then taking the puck out of there, using his 6’5″ and 205 lbs frame to his advantage. With that being said, he does appear to lack strength despite his larger frame. His skating is definitely a work in progress and will be something that he needs to improve if he has any chance of making the NHL.
The Terrebonne native has decent hands and can display some skill with the puck – when he is able to get a lane to the net he uses those soft hands to place his shot.
He led the Gatineau Olympiques by 20 points and had a GFREL% of +12.7% – given that point separation, it’s not surprising that his goals for relative percentage were so much higher than his teammates. Boudrias was a driver of offence for the Olympiques and it shows in those aforementioned stats and his involvement percentage. He made the majority of his teammates better when they were together than apart.
Boudrias had attended the Boston Bruins development camp last summer.
As we can see above from the Cohorts, Boudrias presents a high success rate (relative to ranking) with 33.9% of his comparable players going onto becoming NHL regulars. The comparable players leave a lot to be desired but entering the late rounds of the draft, getting a big-bodied winger who has produced over the last season is the kind of player that teams may take a flyer on.
Given that he will be entering his D+2 season next year, the organization that does select him could choose to speed up his development process by having him in the AHL for the 2019-20 season and that might be another attractive quality as they can expedite his progression into their development system.
Obviously, the biggest flaw in his game is his ability to accelerate and maintain speed and it will have to be improved. But if a team feels that they can work with him on that aspect, Boudrias presents decent value as a draft plus one player who drove offence for his team while using his size to his advantage.
Adjusted Scoring (SEAL)
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Big, tall Quebec league winger who uses his body with reckless abandon to unearth pucks and apply strong (physical in some cases) backside pressure. Possibly the youngest project in the draft class. He needs more girth, strength, and skating development to be able to improve the power in his stride. Improving his feet will make the difference to whether he is really a prospect or not. There are no complaints on his commitment on the sheet, where he works so hard for sixty minutes. Takes many a hit to make the play, and hits most moving opposition players in sight. His shot is also a work in progress.