Boucher: “I’m trying to make a little more skilled plays”

Boucher

TROY, NY — With three goals to accompany two assists in the last three games, Reid Boucher is tied with Joe Whitney for the team lead with eight goals. Entering Friday’s 7 pm outing against the Adirondack Phantoms at Times Union Center, Boucher has amassed 16 points, which is tied for fifth most among AHL rookies.

“Everything’s just coming together,” Boucher said after Tuesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. “I’m pretty confident with the puck right now. I’m trying to make a little more skilled plays out there. I’m getting a little more comfortable with the league.”

Entering this year, Boucher appeared in 12 AHL contests under an Amateur Tryout Agreement during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He made his debut on Apr. 15, 2012 and netted his first career goals on Mar. 30, 2013.

“Not too many surprises,” Boucher said of his rookie year. “I’ve had a taste of it the last couple of years. It’s just getting the pace down and getting used to all the systems. It’s really paying off so far.”

While playing with the Sarnia Sting (OHL) last season, Boucher broke Steven Stamkos’ team record, registering 62 goals, and was named an OHL First Team All-Star.

Boucher, who is tied for first among league rookies with 63 shots, is one of five Devils currently riding point streaks. Joe Whitney has points in six straight games (3g-5a) and Tim Sestito is on a four game run (2g-4a). Stefan Matteau (2g-2a) and Kelly Zajac (1g-2a) are both on three game streaks.

Interview

Roster

Goaltenders
Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen
Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett, Harry Young

Forwards
Reid Boucher, Riley Boychuk, Mike Hoeffel, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Photos

Mike Sislo

Mike Sislo comes to a stop

Rod Pelley

Rod Pelley waits for his turn

Chris McKelvie

Chris McKelvie takes a breath Tuesday at Knickerbacker

Reid Boucher

Reid Boucher takes a knee after skating sprints

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