Before I get into what makes Brady Tkachuk a prized prospect in this year’s draft I want to go over his background. His father, Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk, was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1990 at 19th overall. He was 6’2 and 235 lbs. A power forward’s power forward. Tkachuk finished his storied career with 538 goals and 527 assists for 1065 points in 1201 games. What made Keith such an offensive presence is because he was “the ultimate power forward”. He always used his body to create scoring chances and was never afraid to incorporate a physical edge to his game.
Brady’s older brother Matthew Tkachuk was drafted 6th overall in the 2016 draft to the Calgary Flames. He currently has 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points in 68 games for the Flames this season. Standing at a similar height of 6’2 and weighing 203lbs, he can definitely add more of a physical aspect to his game that his father did.
In a recent interview with TSN, Brady said that he believes that the #2 spot in the draft is still up for grabs even though Svechnikov and Zadina are still there. But he looks for bragging rights at the family table. And I believe he’ll be the highest drafted Tkachuk in family history.
Many people got to watch 18-year-old Brady Tkachuk play for Team USA in the World Junior Championship this year and were impressed with what he could do. He finished the tournament with 3 goals and 6 assists in 7 games along with a +6 rating. He currently plays for Boston University in the NCAA and has 8 goals and 20 assists in 36 games.
For a player that is consistently playing 100% and has a solid 200-foot game, he isn’t afraid of getting deep in the corners like his brother and never backs down from anyone. Any team that drafts him will be getting a hard-working and gritty playmaking power forward with great hockey sense.
Going back to the WJC, he seriously turned some heads with his hockey IQ and hands which I believe increases his draft stock to #4 this year. Take a look at this video for examples of Tkachuk seeing open ice and putting himself in position to put numbers on the score sheet. Not to mention, he loves to hit.
I believe that Tkachuk goes 4th or 5th depending on what a team needs. There’s a chance that Adam Boqvist goes before him if the Red Wings (currently 4th to last in the league) need a D-man to go with their young farm system to build for the future. The Red Wings lack d-man depth in their farm system so Adam Boqvist would be their guy.
In conclusion, Brady Tkachuk is a player that isn’t too flashy and almost always makes the right play. He isn’t someone that you’d want to skip on because if you do, he’ll make you and the rest of the league look foolish.
Also, worth noting, Tkachuk and the Terriers are facing Providence College in the Hockey East Tournament Championship so if you’re free at 7:30pm, it’ll be on ESPN3.