Albany, N.Y. - The New Jersey Devils’ prospect Reid Boucher is playing very well for the AHL affiliate Albany Devils.
After a record setting 2012-13 campaign for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL, scoring a franchise record 62 goals, Boucher is leading Albany with 10 goals through 21 games.
On top of the 10 goals, he has tallied eight assists, and trailing teammate Joe Whitney by three points.
Boucher, 20, is also third among rookies in scoring, behind fifth overall pick Ryan Strome and second-round pick Nikita Kucherov. Boucher was a fourth-round selection in that same 2011 NHL Draft that saw both Kucherov and Strome.
The most impressive number Boucher has posted through the first 21 games is the +4 rating, leading all forwards on the team. Boucher was talked about needing some improvement on the defensive side of the ice and needed to become a two-way player instead of being one-dimensional. The player rating is a general display of a players defensive abilities.
Boucher is only going to improve from here, after getting his feet wet and more comfortable in Albany, he is going to post some massive offensive numbers. He brings an extreme amount of offensive ability including speed, accuracy, and a great shot. The only thing left for him is to continue developing into a top-six winger the Devils are in desperate need of.
With that said, do not expect Boucher to be up in New Jersey any time soon. There is no reason to rush him up to the NHL. The big step from the AHL to the NHL could hinder his development and hurt his chances at becoming a great NHL forward. Be patient with him, remember he is only 20-years-old.
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Reece Scarlett is also putting up great defensive numbers for Albany, posting three goals and four assists and a +7 rating. He is one of the Devils’ top defensive prospects and is proving himself down in the AHL this season.
Stefan Matteau has found himself as of late. After a slow start to this season, Matteau found himself in a four game point streak over the past two weeks and added two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 8-6 win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Matteau now has five goals and six assists this season.
Keith Kinkaid is finally seeing pucks go by him again, but he still boasts a 7-3-1 record, two shutouts, 2.15 GAA, and a .912 save percentage. Kinkaid is a very good goaltending prospect and will be in the NHL next season if Martin Brodeur retires.