Place of BirthSherbrooke, QC
Boilard is a very smart player that rarely makes mistakes when he controls the puck. He leverages his tall frame and his superior puck-protection ability to keep it out of opponent’s reach on most possessions, especially when carrying the puck off the wall. He’s a heads-up player that often finds his teammates and executes difficult feeds thanks to his underrated vision and confidence. Boilard gains decent speed through the middle with crisp strides and solid posture, but he’s not a burner by any means. His scoring instincts are well honed as he releases a strong snapshot from the dots and shows much aggression around the net, aiming at second chances and jumping on rebounds. He plays like a poised veteran and covers the middle ice as much as he can. Defensively, he closes up quickly on the carrier on the backchecks to disrupt plays thanks to his long reach and his mature body. He’s mostly close to his defenders when stuck deep in his own zone to battle with them and recover pucks. He finishes his checks regularly and at times can lend some hefty hits to give his team some momentum, but he’s not to be confused with a heavy grinder. However, he can get lost in defensive coverages when the play’s cycling and I also thought his effort diminished throughout the game. Overall, Boilard is an intriguing two-way player with size that can equally score and set plays up. His projection could fluctuate during the season, depending if he can sustain this production (especially with all the veterans back from NHL camps), but at the moment I’d rank him as a mid-round pick for the 2024 draft.
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|Sep 30/23||Raoul Boilard||25182 – Baie-Comeau vs. Chicoutimi||QMJHL||by Joey Fortin Boulay||View Summary|