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First Round Targets: BRADY TKACHUK

Brady Tkachuk is a name that’s been talked about a lot over the course of the season, but especially now that we’re getting closer to the draft. Tkachuk, son of Keith and brother of Matthew, is set to hear his name called in the top 10 of the NHL draft. Nobody is quite sure where he’ll be drafted, but it could be as high as 3rd to Montreal. Tkachuk is a big bodied power forward who looks to be well on his way to following his brother’s early career success. Depending on who takes him, we could very well see him in the NHL next season.

Tkachuk measured in at 6’3″, 191.52 pounds at the NHL scouting combine in Buffalo.

Rankings

Ranked 3rd by HockeyProspect.com

Ranked 4th by Future Considerations

Ranked 4th by ISS Hockey

Ranked 4th by McKeen’s Hockey

Ranked 2nd among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting

Stats

via eliteprospects.com

Brady Tkachuk finished the season strong with 31 points in 40 games after struggling a bit at Boston University. If he stays at Boston University for the 2018-19 season, expect his stats to improve.  He had a strong World Juniors tournament and as the stats show, he was an integral part of the team. He’s excelled playing against his age group every time he’s done so in the past couple seasons, which is a key marker on your checklist when you’re a front office scouting a draft-eligible player at events like U18s and World Juniors.

via prospect-stats.com

You had to have known this was coming. There are many factors involved when comparing players seasons from different years. Matt played with Auston Matthews, Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer, Charlie McAvoy, Luke Kunin, Jordan Greenway, Jeremy Bracco, Troy Terry, Colin White, Jack Roslovic, you get the point. The 2014-15 USNTDP U-18 team was absolutely loaded with some current NHL stars and other surefire NHL talents. Brady’s U-18 team? His supporting cast wasn’t as loaded in comparison. Quinn Hughes, Josh Norris, Grant Mismash, and Evan Barratt made up that team’s top 5 in scoring with Brady Tkachuk, not in that order though. At that time, guys like Joel Farabee, Oliver Wahlstrom, and Jake Wise were only getting a cup of coffee with the big team. Still, you can see that both Matt and Brady Tkachuk had successful years on the U18 team with Brady not too far behind even with less skill around him.

Eye Test

Tkachuk is physically mature and plays all three zones well. He’s a power forward that will play in a team’s top 6. His playmaking ability adds a layer of deception to his game which can throw a player off just long enough for Brady to get the puck to the back of the net.

He’s probably not a guy that will come in and put up 60 points right away next season, but his offensive game is good enough to where he will be able to contribute. As he continues to put on more muscle, he should also continue to work on his skating, as many in the industry have pointed that out as an area he could improve in. If you’re a team like Montreal or Ottawa and looking for a player that can come in and play right away to try and save face a bit, Brady’s your guy.

Is he a Motor City Match?

Tkachuk could definitely come in and play right away, but there are a couple players who could fall that the Wings should take ahead of him and those players are winger Filip Zadina, defenseman Quinn Hughes, and center Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Red Wings need to hit a home run with the 6th overall pick. If at 6 the options on the board are Tkachuk, Dobson, Bouchard and the rest of the pack, sure, take Tkachuk.


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