Boucher is an undersized, but very skilled offensive player. Dominant at the AHL level, and has had some small stints of sustained scoring at the NHL level.
Rattie may have made more sense, however, I will point out that Boucher has better stats at every level of play, thus far. Same draft year.
For those wondering why the Canucks didn’t just claim Boucher a day ago when he was also on waivers, at that point, New Jersey had first dibs as the former team that lost him on waivers. They made the claim, and then tried to immediately send him down. The fact they had to put him on waivers again means at least one other team, possibly the Canucks, also had put in a claim. Why they thought they could sneak him down, I’m really not sure. Perhaps they thought Rattie was enough of a distraction to slip Boucher by.
I believe the Canucks had higher waiver priority than Carolina, as they are tied in points, but Carolina has games in hand. Theoretically, the Canucks could have claimed Rattie. But this may have been a case where Benning made the safe play. You can’t claim two players on waivers without being prepared to actually take on both, and so perhaps Benning snagged Boucher thinking it was likely Rattie was gone before the Canucks’ priority spot. That didn’t end up being true, but at least they were certain to get someone.
Just my two cents! All speculation. Excited to see what Boucher can do.