Thoughts on Reid Boucher

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.


Further Evidence For My Draft Proposal

When I posted my draft-fixing proposal around, the largest criticism of it is that it would hurt the weakest teams and reward teams that had a poor start. The notion seemed to be that strong teams could still be low in the standings by the end of January, or February, or whenever the draft was decided in my proposal.

I’ve done some further research and found that this is not the case, especially if only the top eight selections are decided mid-way through the season.

Here are the NHL standings at the end of January and February (the trade deadline) from this past season:

As you can see, even strong teams that had poor starts like the Anaheim Ducks have climbed the standings by this point in the season. The weakest teams are already at the bottom of the standings, and many had been all season.

If you look at other seasons, this is true for them, as well. In fact, the only two playoff teams who would have been even close to having their draft pick selected at the trade deadline (under my proposal) were the Flyers and the Wild, two teams who made late charges to make the playoffs.

The real difference under my proposal would have been the avoidance of a post-deadline race to the bottom of the standings. Teams like Vancouver and Arizona would have had no incentive to perform their post-February nosedives. Food for thought.