for guys that follow these prospects, would you compare Boucher with Gionta?
Its hard for me to say since I haven't seen Boucher play any full games nor did I follow Gionta during his development but perhaps we can get a discussion going on this. First, I think its hard to compare OHL to NCAA hockey stats, especially with a 14 year difference between Gionta's first year in college to Boucher's first year in the OHL.
Gionta is listed at 5'7 174 lbs while Boucher is small but has already surpassed that at 5'9 190 lbs. In Boucher's first OHL season he posted a 28-22-50 line in 67 games, with the bulk of those points coming on the power play. +/- isn't a great stat but in Boucher's case his -19 while playing for a good team and scoring mainly on the man advantage suggest he doesn't fair well in even strength play. The scouting report on him was he has a great shot with solid offensive instincts but his defensive game is very raw.
In Gionta's first year in college he posted a 30-32-62 line in 40 games. For the bulk of his college career he was in the 54 to 62 point range over about 41 games a year. Obvsiouly he knew how to score in the college game but I have no idea how his defensive game during his college years was in terms of development compared to Boucher right now. I'd be interested in hearing what others have to say.
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