Sep 23, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker (89) at the goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Wish List #27: Mikkel Boedker

We’re getting close to the end of my Buffalo Sabres Wish List series, dear readers – I hope you have enjoyed the ride, at least a little bit!

Today, I look at a player who could potentially fill the void left by Tyler Ennis if (when) he departs the 716.

Mikkel Boedker, F

As some of you may already know, I made the argument last week against Tyler Ennis being signed to a long-term contract by the Sabres.  I appreciate the need for speedy forwards, but Ennis will have a “Please Plow Me Over” sign on his back for the rest of his life, and can’t play a lick of defense to boot.

Boedker, on the other hand, manages to combine incredible speed with a healthy frame – 6’0″, 211 lbs – which means he’s built to absorb, and create, more impacts than someone of Ennis’ stature.  He’s one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and he has the ability to wreak havok and influence a game in ways that don’t show up in the box score.  That’s not to say he can’t score, but he could learn to get more shots off in order to really maximize his rating as a scoring threat.

Maybe he should try more moves like this one:

Speaking of being a threat on the ice, ask yourself, “When will I ever see Tyler Ennis do something like THIS?”

The answer, of course, is only after Ennis is exposed to high levels of gamma radiation and begins wearing purple pants.  Or when they allow grandmas to play hockey.  Or if Ennis showed up to one of my son’s Mite practices (although I think there are a few kids on that team who would be the ones bringing the pain).

Sorry – I’m picking on Ennis.  Pick on someone your own size!  I like Ennis . . . I just like Boedker more.  I see more upside in his game, and the fact that he can play on both sides of the ice makes this an easy call.

Stay tuned for the final two installments of my Wish List series, coming . . . today!


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