It was a big year for Boucher. After a few years of inconsistent play in both the NHL and AHL, Boucher found his stride. He split time between New Jersey (39 games) and Albany (34 games), putting up decent stat lines at both levels. Reid also contributed for the A-Devils in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Some Devils fans have unrealistic expectations for Boucher, but this year was a great year for him and his development. Let’s take a Boucher’s season below.
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Boucher did spend time in Albany, where he put up 32 points in 34 games, which was good for a 0.94 point per game average. His 19 goals was tied for second on Albany, and his 32 points was good for fifth. All of the players in front of him had at least 20 more games played. He lead the A-Devs in playoff scoring with 10 points in 11 games. He was easily Albany’s best player when he was there.
His time in New Jersey was decent. He scored at a 0.49 point per game pace with the Devils. He isn’t the best possession player as you can see from his CF% and CF% Rel at even strengths. His zone starts relative to the rest of the team was positive. I think it’s safe to say that Boucher isn’t a defensive wizard. He doesn’t receive any penalty kill time because of this. Where Boucher is going to make his living will be on the power play. His 6 5v4 points in limited minutes was pretty good, and his shot can be lethal on the power play if put in the right position. I don’t think Boucher will ever be a possession monster on the ice, but can put up points if put in the right situations.
Season Grade: B
This was an extremely encouraging season for Boucher. He was able to score consistently for the Albany Devils, both in the regular season and playoffs. Boucher also made a good impression while he was with New Jersey. His scoring numbers make me excited for his future. I think there’s a great chance Boucher spends most of his time in New Jersey next season. This season was a great season for him to build off of. I don’t think he will be a 25 goal scorer or anything like that next season, but I also don’t think 18-20 is out of the question. For a team like the Devils, that’s big. I’m excited for Boucher’s future, and I think he can finally stick with the Devils for good.
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