Ottawa Senators sign Tyler Boucher to entry-level contract

Tyler Boucher # 13 by USA-Blue (Photo by Dave Reginek / Getty Images)

Senators’ 10th overall election in 2021 NHL Draft leaves college and joins Ottawa 67s

Tyler Boucher, now formerly of the Boston University Terriers, struggled throughout his first semester of college and has now signed a three-year entry-level contract, signaling that he is now transitioning to junior hockey in hopes of finding his game again.

The 18-year-old physical right winger has scored 2 goals and 3 points in his first 17 games and it was pretty clear that a change was needed. Of course, disappointing production for a 10th overall pick, especially since there were several players selected after Boucher, who had much higher draft pedigree and has produced significantly better than the power forward. These players include:

  • 12th overall – Cole Sillinger, 11 points in 28 games (NHL)
  • 13th overall – Matt Coronato, 12 points in 11 games (NCAA)
  • 18th overall – Chaz Lucius, 8 points in 12 games (NCAA)

Of course, that does not mean that these players are without their faults, but there is no doubt that they have higher ceilings than Boucher, and they appear to be significantly ahead of the 10th overall pick in many areas. It seems the senators are reluctant to take on smaller, skilled players and are for some reason keen to win with “hard work” and toughness, a worrying trend in the modern NHL. The 2021 Draft Class of the Ottawa Senators is under a lot of control and deserved.

On the bright side, the move for Boucher to the OHL may be exactly what the doctor ordered, the power forward will be able to dominate with his size against his own age group as opposed to more experienced and larger college players.

He wants to join one of the more highly respected junior hockey organizations in the Ottawa 67s, led by former Senator coach Dave Cameron, Boucher could not be in a better position to develop his game. Expect a marked increase in production for the young winger, and hopefully he can build some offensive confidence with his new team.

No matter how this whole situation unfolds, the transition to junior hockey instead of staying in a non-ideal situation with Boston University as the right plan seems.

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