He won’t get the attention that his USNDP teammates often garner whether it be Hughes for his playmaking skill or Caulfield for his finish, but Matt Boldy has emerged seemingly from out of nowhere to become a legitimate high-end prospect.
Originally not expected to make the USNDP team, a sudden growth spurt paved the way for him to grow into a dangerous scoring threat. Touted as a trigger man for the Power Play with some underrated play-making skill, Boldy likely won’t last much past the seventh pick but stranger things have happened...
Position: Left Wing
Weight: 192lb (87kg)
Age: 18 (DOB Apr 5, 2001 - Millis, MA)
Possessing a high quality shot, Boldy was mainly utilised as a finisher for the US National Development squad - playing either with Hughes or Zegras as his set-up man. However if you look at his numbers - he actually put up more assists than goals. For the Juniors in the USHL, he had 43 points in 28 games, 17 goals and 26 assists. For the U18 team, he had 81 points in 64 games, scoring 33 goals and assisting on 48.
Wheeler takes pains to point out that he has very good playmaking ability but has lacked finishers up to his standard to translate that into results.
Pronman speaks to his high hockey IQ, laments his skating ability in his midterm ranking, but then re-emphasizes his hockey smarts once again in his most recent pre-draft rankings - stating they are among the best in the draft.
Even though the Ducks need to take a Center first and foremost, should Boldy be available at ninth overall they should most definitely take him even with his commitment to BU. It just goes to show that the top ten for this year’s draft is indeed very deep. He might need to change his number though...