Prospect Deep Dive: Matthew Boldy

Cam Robinson

2019-04-12

 

I’ve been saying it for months. The 3-10 range in this class is an absolute blender. Once Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko have had their moment on the stage, any combination of selections to follow are reasonable and plausible. Most years, selecting the best player available is an intelligent avenue. However, with this group being so tightly compacted, we may see teams put a further emphasis on organizational needs.

 

Now that the lottery balls have been pulled and we know who is selecting where the picture becomes slightly more clear. But the water remains wholly murky when attempting to lock down slots. Over the next 10 weeks, I’ll focus on the North American players from that grouping in this, our Deep Dive Series.

 

One of those boys in the blender is left-wing, Matthew Boldy.

 

The 2001 group of Americans that have journeyed through the USNTDP together the last two seasons has been nothing short of exceptional. Four forwards are projected in the top 10, while Cole Caufield and Cam York shouldn’t have to wait much longer to hear their names called. The entire team very well may be drafted in Vancouver this June – an unheard of happening.

 

The top winger in that grouping is Boldy. At 6’2 187lbs he’s also the most physically mature of the bunch. He uses that size to expertly protect the puck and patiently wait to distribute or finish off a play himself. The Mills, Massachusetts’s native has the full range of offensive abilities and will join Boston College in the fall to enhance them.

 

Scouting Report

Shoots: Left

DOB: 04-05-01

Height: 6-2

Weight: 187lbs

 

 

Skating

Balance and precision are the names of the game when exploring the 18-year-old’s skating stride. He uses a wide stance to create a strong centre of gravity. This aids in providing power and balance to his stride which affords him strength when cutting into high traffic areas.

 

He offers sharp edges and clean cuts to compliment his overall speed. Here is an example of him using those edges to turn a difficult pass into a goal.

 

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While Boldy doesn’t own elite speed, he’s regarded as a player with average acceleration and good top-end speed. His skating