Reid Boucher became somewhat famous to New Jersey Devils fans after he broke Steve Stamkos‘ Sarnia Sting goals record with 62 goals and 95 points in 2012-13. He is now making his much-anticipated NHL debut on Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Boucher has been lighting it up in the AHL so far this season. He leads the Albany Devils with 10 goals in his first full year with the club. Even more surprisingly, he is a +4. He seems to be very green on the ice, but his beautiful wrist shot might be exactly what the Devils need right now. The move to bring up Boucher comes from the need to put fourth liner Ryan Carter on the IR. He is dealing with a leg injury that isn’t thought to be too serious.
Boucher will be thrown right into the top nine. In practice this morning, he was placed on a line with Steve Bernier and Patrik Elias. He will be given the chance to succeed right from the get-go. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that it was time to give Reid a look. His rise to fame might have come out of the blue for the 2011 fourth-round pick. He went from relative unknown to the most prized Devils prospects in years.
It seems that many of the Devils’ recent draft picks have not lived up to their potential. Both Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson have disappointed from their first-round pick status. Boucher would be a success story that the Devils scouts could really use.
The excitement has built to tonight. He is going to get the biggest ovation of any Devils players tonight. This debut is the biggest since Ilya Kovalchuk came over from the former Atlanta Thrashers. Tonight is going to be electric. Hopefully that excitement turns into a win for the Devils.