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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Brady Tkachuk

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Brady Tkachuk, Boston University (NCAA)

The Numbers

Position: Left Wing

Age on Draft Day: 18

Height/Weight: 6’3, 200 pounds

2017-2018 Stats: 40 GP, 8 G, 23 A

Projection: Top-six winger

It seems as if a lot of people have a red flag up on Brady Tkachuk. Perhaps it’s the name, the size, the numbers, or what have you... But I think Tkachuk is getting a bad rep for what he is.

Tkachuk is one of the oldest in the 2018 class, if he were born just one day later, he’d have drafted last summer.

Now, I’ll be clear, I don’t think he’s the kind of player the Red Wings need to be taking at 6th overall. They need to stick to either taking a center or a defenseman. Tkachuk, a natural winger, had a decent year as an 18-year-old with Boston University. He’s a well-rounded player, much like his brother.

I don’t believe Tkachuk will become some sort of goal-scoring dynamo in the NHL, but he’s a fantastic playmaker. With guys like him, a nose for the puck can really accent his ability well. He’s not one to shy away from battling for the puck. His size and strength work in his favor to get the puck free. His ability and vision help him set up spectacular plays. He really does strike me as the type of ‘sandpaper’ skill wingers that you’d put alongside one of your top centers. The wrecking ball, if you will. That brings me to the next part of Brady’s game that everyone loves — his physicality.

He’s got an edge.. Just look at how his brother players — it’s not too far off. I’d say Matthew is a better skater, but they both player that tenacious, pain-in-the-ass style of game. This is great, but it can be a culprit for unnecessary plays that could ultimately cost his team a penalty.

I see Tkachuk as a low-ceiling, high-floor type of player. He plays the type of game that would make him effective in the pros right now. His big frame and strength enable him to play the power-winger card. He’s extremely good down low and in tight on the net. For what he is (a power forward), he’s going to be a good (or great) player in the NHL one day, but judging by what the Red Wings will likely have available at 6th overall, it’s best they keep an eye on other prospects.

The 18-year-old will very likely return to the NCAA next season in a bigger role for his team.

Bottom Line

He’s a great prospect. He reminds me a lot of his brother, as I’ve said before. But I don’t see the top-five hype. Just about every scouting service has him way up in the order, but when we look at the Red Wings’ situation, the elephant in the room is the lack of elite talent on the backend. Unless Detroit trades down from 6, They’re better off keeping their eye on a defenseman.

Fun fact: his brother was also drafted 6th overall by the Calgary Flames. Maybe that’s a sign.


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