Sunday, June 12, 2011

E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120: Boone Jenner #29

By Eldon MacDonald

29. Boone Jenner - “Mr. Intensity” - C - Canada

Vitals: Size - 6’1”, 204 lb.; Shoots left; Born: 15-Jun-93 - Dorchester, ON
Team: Oshawa, OHL
2010-11 Stats: 63-25-41-66-57-(+10) + OHL playoffs 10-7-5-11-(+1)
10 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
19 - McKeen's June Top 30
23 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (18th North American skater)
25 - Guy Flaming - The Pipeline Show Top 30
26 - Bob MacKenzie's June Poll of Scouts
27 - The Scouting Report's Top 100 Skaters
28 - Future Considerations Final Rankings
28 - Dean Millard -The Pipeline Show Top 30
29 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
31 - hfboards Readers’ Poll
31 - Kirk Luedeke's Top 50
32 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
38 - ISS per TSN
40 - The Hockey News per TSN
Draft result:
37 - Columbus Blue Jackets

I was watching Ryan Kesler (one of my favourite players) during the Stanley Cup Finals this week and I kept wondering if there were any Kesler-like players in this year’s draft. Finally, it came to me, Boone Jenner. Both are intense, competitive players capable of excelling in all weather (5 on 5, PP, PK, last minute, shutdown). Both are incredibly strong on the puck, win the boards battles, win the face-offs, block the shots, love to go to the net and drive their opponents crazy. Both want the puck in key situations, both can elevate their game in critical situations and both have struggles to keep their composure at times in situations of stress or adversity. Chris Edwards of NHL Central Scouting sums it up very well on when he says, "Boone does what it takes to win. 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 skill are very good, he's used in all situations and logs a lot of ice every night."

So how did Boone Jenner get the way he is - the guy who is a fearless out there, the guy who can take all the abuse and survive - the guy who you can go to in pressure situations. Charles Darwin had the answer, it is called “survival of the fittest”. When Boone Jenner was growing up on the farm in Ontario he had two older bothers, one of whom was 6’4, 224 lb. (Leo who played five years in the OHL). So no matter what the situation of pressure or adversity on the ice, Boone has faced equal or tougher situations just to make it to the supper table every night.

Boone Jenner’s skill level and upside may not bring him quite to the level of Ryan Kessel in the NHL i.e. elite second line center. However, it is plenty good enough for him to play and even excel in the NHL as either a second or third line center. His only significant shortcoming is that his skating is not quite at the elite level. However, the improvements he made to his skating this year suggest that it won’t be a problem in making the NHL.

Where does Boone Jenner go in the draft? As you can see from the above, there is a strong consensus that he is late first round material. Watch the compilation video below as compiled by NHLDraftVideo and you can see why. Could Boone Jenner be this year's Ryan O'Reilly and be the late pick that goes straight to the NHL - it would be a stretch but I would never bet against Boone Jenner.


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