With captain Shane Doan (36) inching closer and closer to hanging up his skates, the Phoenix Coyotes will need someone to fill the void when he is gone.
That someone could very well be left winger Mikkel Boedker.
Boedker was drafted 8th overall by the Coyotes all the way back in 2008 and is finally starting to make a name for himself in 2013. Through 13 games, he has posted two goals and six assists. However, the statistics aren’t what make this 23-year old a promising player. From a talent standpoint, Boedker is chalked full of it. He is a blazing fast skater with a lightning quick release, making him a dangerous threat to light the lamp whenever the puck is on his stick. Boedker has all of the tools to be a first or second line winger, as well as a potential perennial 30-goal scorer.
Last season in general wasn’t too much to brag about, posting just 24 points on the year. But during Phoenix’s deep postseason run, Boedker was a crucial player, finishing with eight points. Expect him to continue to be a big-game player in the league, as long as he gets the opportunity to reach the playoffs.
His lack of size (5’11″, 206 lbs) shouldn’t be too much of an issue. The combination of his current frame to match his blinding speed will continue to make him a constant headache for opposing defenses. Considering this season is just 48 games, Boedker may not exactly break out this year. But give him one more 82-game campaign under his belt, and I can assure you he will become a household name, if he’s not one already.
The day Doan retires will be bittersweet for Yotes’ fans, as they will say goodbye to a fan favorite, but hello to a future star.