You’ve heard of his USA Hockey Hall of Fame dad, and you’ve heard of his brother who’s physically dominant style of play has divided opinions in the NHL recently, now it’s time to meet Brady Tkachuk who should be a top five pick on June 22nd in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Brady, the son of Keith Tkachuk and brother of Matthew could be the highest selected of the three after his brother went sixth overall in 2016 and his dad was taken 19th in 1990.
In his first year in the NCAA for Boston University, Tkachuk posted 31 points in 40 games as well as being named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and helping Boston to the Hockey East Championship.
While his brother might be known for his hits and agitating style of play, you can expect Brady to carry on the tradition as a hard hitting forward who isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas, but isn’t as keen to get involved once the play is over as his brother appears to be with the Calgary Flames.
He’s one of the best power-forwards available this summer, at 6’3″ and 196 lbs at the age of 18, you can imagine that as he grows fully into his body, his physical nature will grow too.
At the World Juniors he helped the US to a Bronze Medal, posting 9 points in 7 games, and really showed off his physicality to good affect, and it’s that nastiness to his game that makes him a potential top five pick in the draft this year.
He’ll be back with BU next season, but once he gets to the pro level he’ll come with a high reward and low risk, he plays physical but clean, can find the back of the next and dish the puck well also. He doesn’t have one huge stand out part of his game, he’s just a well rounded physical player who’s going to punish opponents with his relentless forecheck, and offensive prowess.
If for whatever reason Tkachuk does drop out of the top 5, falling further down to a team like the Rangers would bring a lot of familiarity for him, after BU coach David Quinn joined the Rangers as their new head coach this summer.
He should go in the top five, but he’s guaranteed a top 10 pick next week.