2011 NHL Draft Prospects: No. 18 Boone Jenner

There is nothing like a couple of older brothers to beat the skill into you. Literally.

Okay, so it wasn’t only his brothers that go Oshawa Generals center Boone Jenner to where he is today. But it sure helped the Dorchester, Ontario native.

“I had skates on for as long as I can remember,” Jenner said in an interview with NHL.com. “My brothers were 3 and 4 years old when I was born, so my dad got me into it right away. Having two older brothers was an influence. They made me a better hockey player. I’d always compete with them and they’d give me tips on how the next level would be. One is pretty big, and I actually played against him last year.”

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound young’un has had two solid, consistent years for the Generals. This season, he posted 25 goals and 66 points in 63 games. He also had a plus-10 rating – a 33-point increase from the previous year. Although he won’t be leading the NHL in points anytime in the next couple decades, there is some great upside to Jenner, who figures to be a late first-round draft pick in June at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“Boone does what it takes to win,” said NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards to NHL.com. “He blocks shots, wins battles along the boards and is an outstanding forechecker. He wants to be first to the puck every time. He’s solid on his skates and fights through checks on his way to the net. He sees the ice very well and has excellent anticipation. His puckhandling and overall puck skills are very good, he’s used in all situations and logs a lot of ice every night.”

“Boone sees himself just as much as a playmaker as he does a scorer and his goals and assists are pretty much even at this point in the season,” wrote The Hockey News columnist Ryan Kennedy back in 2009 when Jenner was playing for AAA minor midget Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. “When the game is on the line, however, Jenner often takes matters into his own hands.”

Jenner looks to have the potential to be a second-line forward in the NHL at best. At worst, he could be a solid checking-line forward that can contribute some goals when necessary. His hockey sense is off the charts, and his competitiveness drives scouts to take more and more looks at him. However, the rest of his game needs improvement at all points. His skating is his worst attribute, as he lacks the ability to put it into another gear and explode past defenders. His size is a plus, as he has almost completely filled out his tall frame. But scouts would still like to see him use that size more to his advantage. Lastly, Jenner’s hands have potential to make some beautiful passes and snipe some big-name goaltenders – but he could always use some improvement, as does almost everyone at his age.

Nonetheless, Jenner will be a project forward for any team that takes a chance on him. But if he works hard enough, that project could garner an “A” for his organization’s scouting staff.

Alan Bass, a writer for The Hockey News and THN.com, is the author of The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk That Changed The NHL Forever. He has worked for the Philadelphia Flyers’ Fan Development department, going to schools throughout the tri-state area to teach about fitness and the importance of teamwork. He is the General Manager of the Muhlenberg College Division II hockey team as well. You can contact him at Alanbasswriting@aol.com.

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