Prospect Watch: Boucher Running Away With OHL Goal Title

Pat Pickens

The Devils could use a goal scorer like Reid Boucher, especially the way he’s playing right now.

The Sarnia Sting forward — and Devils draft prospect — scored six goals last week, four of which came in Sarnia’s 13-3 victory over the Erie Otters last Thursday.

Boucher is up to 57 goals — 15 better than Plymouth’s Vincent Trocheck. The 19-year old’s 85 points is good for fifth in the OHL. He’s 13 points behind Nick Cousins.

With six games left, Boucher would have to score an unbelievable number of goals to break the single-season OHL goal record. But he’s three goals from 60 — a mark not touched since Oshawa’s Brett MacLean potted 61 in 2007-08.

Traveling out to the Western Hockey League, New Jersey’s second-round draft pick from a year ago is showing his offensive side as well.

The Kelowna Rockets’ Damon Severson ranks sixth among defensemen with 46 points in 62 games played. Severson leads all Kelowna ‘D’ in points.

Back in the states, a Devils prospect is helping the nation’s No. 3 college hockey team.

Blake Coleman — also a 2011-Devils draft pick — leads Miami University (Ohio) in shots on goal with 110. Coleman’s 14 points ranks him seventh on Miami’s team. The Redhawks are 21-8-5.

On the farm

Though he was called up by the big club, Jacob Josefson’s two shorthanded goals ranks him ninth in the AHL. … Recently called up goalie Keith Kinkaid has posted a 17-11-5-2 record in Albany. The goalie posted a 2.65 goals-against average in 33 games. … Joe Whitney scored two goals in New Jersey’s 6-4 win over the Hershey Bears Sunday. Whitney is second on Albany’s team with 31 points and leads the club with a plus-15 rating and 133 shots on goal.