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Video: Devils’ Boucher scores first NHL goal

Dec 18, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

Reid Boucher isn’t used to not scoring, so tonight must’ve come as a relief.

Boucher, the New Jersey rookie playing in his seventh career game, notched his first NHL goal on Wednesday to open the scoring against Ottawa:

As mentioned, Boucher knows a thing or two about scoring goals. In his final year of junior hockey, he broke Steve Stamkos‘ scoring record for OHL Sarnia by scoring 62 times — Stamkos had 58 during the 2007-08 campaign. Boucher also led AHL Albany in goals (10) at the time of his recall to New Jersey.

The Devils’ fourth-round pick (99th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Boucher made his NHL debut against Montreal on Dec. 4 and recorded his first NHL point — an assist — that same night.

  1. martysbetter - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Very happy for Boucher, but HOLY HELL check out that rocket of a shot from Eric Gelinas – the Devils have some exciting young players but he’s definitely the one to watch if you ask me.

    • gbditka - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      martysbetter – 100% agree with your post – just wish Lou went with the “Youth Movement” on Opening Day rather than finding out this talent was in Albany back in October. I think we threw alot of slary cap $$ on aging vets to get Marty a shot at one more run — not the best for the long term of the organization. Wish #22 was given Zajac’s contract — the kid is the real deal!

  2. 950003cups - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    It’s all about Gelinas as far as I’m concerned. He has a handful of games under him and he’s getting better. But the league isn’t testing him out successfully. His shot is still getting off. He just laid some guy out on the boards. Very poised. Makes people around him better. What more do you need?

  3. drewsylvania - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Meh. Boucher had a great season—when he was old for his league at 19. There’s a reason he was a 4th-round pick.

  4. withseidelinn - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    How did this guy go so late??

  5. 950003cups - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Boucher went late in the draft before he broke Stamkos’ record. He did it as a Devils prospect. They got lucky. But he plays an all around game too. Plays good defensively. He’s gonna be a star. Look at some of the legends of the game. A few on Detroit were late round picks. Some guys just click at later dates.

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