Brady Tkachuk

Ottawa Senators
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Fantasy Summary

Goal scoring power forward.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 16, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 4

Observations

June 2018 – After much debate over whether or not holding on to this year’s pick was the right thing to do, thereby surrendering their 2019 first rounder, Pierre Doirion stuck to his guns and selected Boston University product Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall selection. The American put together a successful freshman campaign with the BU Terriers finished fourth on the team in scoring with 31 points on the back of eight goals and a team high 23 assists and tied for seventh in the NCAA in freshman scoring. Tkachuk helped lead his squad to a Hockey East conference championship and was also named to the conference All-Rookie Team. Some fans might be wondering why Ottawa spent such a high pick on a guy that scored eight goals. A couple of points on that; he fired a freshman leading 131 shots on goal which suggests there might have been some bad luck at play, and he’s much more of a set-up than a trigger man. On the international stage he was a key cog in the USA contingent at the 2018 WJHC in Buffalo where his three goals and nine points helped the host country capture a bronze medal. The youngest Tkachuk is already a load to handle for opposing defenders standing 6-03 and tipping the scales at 196 pounds. Just think how hard he’ll be to contain if he adds another 10-15 pounds.

 

While there is rampant speculation that he returns to college for 2018-19, I fully expect the Senators to put on a full court press to get him signed and into their lineup for opening night. He instantly becomes the team’s top prospect, with top line upside and has the potential to be a multi-cat fantasy owner’s dream. Brad Phillips

 

July 2017 – Tkachuk only missed the 2017 NHL Draft by a matter of hours as he is a September 16 born player, making him the oldest player in the draft, already 18-years-old. His maturity was evident during his performance at the World Junior with Team USA where he played a key role posting three goals and nine points in seven games. That production is slightly higher than his production as a freshman at Boston U in the NCAA, but Tkachuk has produced at every level he has played at.

Brady Tkachuk plays the game as his name would suggest, physically, aggressively and with a significant amount of skill. Tkachuk has a pro ready game in most respects as he is physically mature and strong enough to play against men. His skating is an asset as he has good acceleration and top speed, and is very strong on his skates in terms of balance and can make power drives to the goal when he drops his shoulder and drives to the goal. He is dangerous in front of the goal as he uses his size and strength to plant himself as a screen in front of the goalie and has excellent hand-eye coordination for tips and rebounds. Tkachuk has a quick release on his shot, has a variety of dangerous shooting options from a quick wrist shot, to a powerful one-timer.

Look for Tkachuk to follow in his older brothers footsteps and depending on the team that drafts him, potentially make the jump to the NHL straight out of his draft year and have an immediate impact.  In a straight points only fantasy league there are better top end prospects in this draft, but in leagues that count peripheral stats like hits and penalty minutes Tkachuk will be a beast! Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Invitational 5 1 2 3 6 |          
 2010-2011 St. Louis Jr. Blues QC Int PW 4 0 7 7 4 |          
 2011-2012 St. Louis Jr. Blues QC Int PW 3 1 3 4 4 |          
 2013-2014 St. Louis Blues Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 26 18 15 33 38 |          
  St. Louis AAA Blues U16 T1EHL U16 4 0 0 0 4 |          
 2014-2015 Team Purple USA-S15 5 3 0 3 - |          
  St. Louis AAA Blues U16 T1EHL U16 30 15 28 43 18 | Playoffs 4 2 0 2
 2015-2016 USNTDP Juniors USHL 32 4 4 8 36 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 55 9 16 25 56 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 2 3 5 4 |          
 2016-2017 USNTDP Juniors USHL 24 12 11 23 73 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 61 25 29 54 129 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 1 6 7 12 |          
 2017-2018 Boston Univ. NCAA 40 8 23 31 61 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 3 6 9 2 |          
 2018-2019 Ottawa Senators NHL - - - - - |          

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