This week’s prospects include Nick Henry (Regina Pats), Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) & Shawn Boudrias (Gatineau Olympiques).
Nick Henry, RW, Regina Pats, WHL
Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: July 4, 1999 – Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Draft – 2014 WHL Draft – Round #3 (59th overall) by the Everett Silvertips
Nick Henry is a crafty rugged forward fitting in with powerhouse Regina in his first season in the WHL. A real good playmaker that has good vision and will look to pass first but has shown a good shot and will shoot from anywhere on the ice. Cycles the puck well down low and is tough to push off the puck. Has shown improvement in his skating over the course of the season but still has room for improvement. Henry has made an immediate impact since he joined WHL points leader Sam Steel and overage forward Dawson Leedahl on Regina’s top scoring line. Needs to improve in his own end and take care of his defensive responsibilities. Henry has the ability to score goals and has been in top 10 in WHL rookie scoring all season.
DID YOU KNOW? Henry decided to forgo his verbal commitment to Western Michigan University (NCAA) and sign with Regina after his rights were acquired from the Everett Silvertips this past summer. Henry was the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s (MJHL) Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 after helping his hometown Portage Terriers to an MJHL Championship with 61 points (26G, 35A) in 50 regular season games.
Conor Timmins, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL
Weight: 182 lbs.
Born: September 18, 1998 – Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Draft – 2014 OHL Draft – Round #4 (79th overall) by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Conor Timmins has grown into a leader on the ice for the Greyhounds with his confident play and effectiveness quarterbacking the power play and an effective penalty killer. Has good offensive skills and likes to shoot low, hard point shots that bounce out for rebounds and are good for deflections. Good first pass out of his zone keeps the breakout effective and puts his passes right on the tape. Great puck movement in all three zones. Plays a physical game and will throw a big hit, battle in the corners and clears his net in front. Doesn’t panic under pressure and is quick to the puck on dump-ins. Likes to jump into the rush and is a decent skater with good mobility in his own end. Needs to work on discipline and not get caught out of position in his own end.
DID YOU KNOW? Timmins is a graduate of the Southern Tier Admirals Midget AAA squad, where he scored 4 goals and 18 assists in 32 games during the 2013-14 season. He played the 2014-15 season with the Thorold Blackhawks of the Junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League until he was traded to the to the St Catherines Falcons. He appeared in 15 games for the Falcons, scoring 5 goals and 3 assists adding another 3 goals and 5 assists in 13 playoff games.
Shawn Boudrias, RW, Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL
Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: September 14, 1999 – Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
Draft – 2015 QMJHL Draft – Round #1 (13th overall) by the Charlottetown Islanders
Shawn Boudrias is a huge kid who has the size to get him places on the ice where he is difficult to move like in the corners and in front of the net. A physical presence who has the potential to grow into a mature physical power forward down the road. Due to his age and being so raw, he has a lot of room for improvement with his foot speed and skating. Has good hands for a big kid and will score goals from in close. He is not engaged in the game every night and will have to pick up his intensity level and competitiveness to improve and get maker ice time. There are things he will pick up as his playing time increases during the season and he will be a project for any team that takes him in this year's Draft.
DID YOU KNOW? Boudrias is the youngest player eligible for the 2017 draft, making the cut by one day. He made Charlottetown's roster in the 2015-16 season as a 16-year-old and dressed in 53 games putting up 8 points and an assist in 9 playoff games. He was traded from Charlottetown to Gatineau just before Christmas in a huge 8-player swap.
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