Ottawa Senators sign Tyler Boucher

Tyler BoucherS’s varsity career will last just 17 games, as the Ottawa Senators signed an entry-level contract with the top prospect. Now ineligible for a return to Boston University, Boucher should be loaned to the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL, the CHL team that selected him in 2019. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion had this to say:

We are happy to have Tyler under contract. He is a power forward who plays a heavy and physical game. He’s trained, is strong with the puck, has a big shot and goes strong at the net. His good hands in restricted areas will be particularly useful in the future. We expect him to be an important part of the future of this team.

Boucher, 18, was selected 10th overall in this year’s draft, just ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cole sillinger. A member of the United States National Team Development Program for several years, he has played 17 games at Boston University this season and recorded just three points. Boucher was invited to the US Summer Showcase in June, but failed to carve out a spot on that year’s World Junior team. He will be eligible again next year and should have a better chance after playing at the OHL level, where his attacking game should find more room to function.

Longtime NHL goalie’s son Brian Boucher, he should have a lot of support as he moves to hockey in the OHL. Brian Boucher also played in the CHL, taking his WHL talents to play for the Tri-City Americans. His son will now attempt to make a similar transition before making the jump to the NHL later, and the Senators will be there to guide him along the way.

Another of the team’s top draft picks, Boucher was nevertheless selected a little higher than many expected. Ranked 25th among North American skaters by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau and 29th by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, most believed he would come out of the table by the end of the first round. Instead, the Senators obviously saw a player who could support some of their other top talent with his physical hockey brand, something that hasn’t diminished even in a more limited role at BU. At the CHL level, he should be able to use that power and strength to find more space.

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