Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Brady Tkachuk, son of ex-Terrier Keith Tkachuk, commits to BU

Less than a week after his older brother, Matthew Tkachuk, chose to sign with OHL London over college hockey, younger brother Brady Tkachuk, a left-shot forward, has committed to BU, most likely for 2017. He is the son of US Olympian and longtime NHLer Keith Tkachuk, who skated on a line with Tony Amonte and Shawn McEachern on the 1990-91 Terrier Frozen Four squad.

A product of the Jr. Blues system, like 2016 recruit Clayton Keller, Brady scored 15 goals and 28 assists for a team-best 43 points for the Jr. Blues 16U team in the Tier 1 Elite league. Next season, the 5-9 wing will play in Ann Arbor with the NTDP U17s, joining another BU 2017 recruit, highly-regarded Syracuse Stars defenseman David Farrance.

Tkachuk’s birthdate is 9-16-99; so he misses being eligible for the 2017 NHL draft by one day. Like Jack Eichel, he'll play his freshman year before being drafted.

In addition to Tkachuk and Farrance, BU’s 2017 recruit class includes RW Kole Sherwood, who will play for USHL Youngstown next season, and center Patrick Harper, expected to be back with Avon Old Farms in the fall.

Over The Boards tweeted:
-99 F Brady Tkachuk (STL U16) commits to BU. Big get. NTDP-bound son of Keith Tkachuk, huge upside. Skilled, assertive. Our #9 uncommitted.

-Tkachuk had a lot of interest from Big Ten, NCHC + other heavyweights in Hockey East. Was a 4th rd pick by London OHL, brother signed there.

SBNation’s Jeff Cox tweeted:
I can say with certainty BU has best hockey program in East for foreseeable future with current staff in place.
● Boston Hockey Blog report
● SB Nation report

OTB story prior to NTDP Evaluation Camp
7. Another top forward likely in the NTDP mix is Brady Tkachuk, who is 3rd in Tier 1 U16 scoring as one of the youngest skaters in the league, with 43 points. Brady, a 2018 NHL draft-eligible, is just 8 points behind Wisconsin recruit Grant Cruikshank, ahead of some of the league’s better 1998 recruits in Max Gerlach (North Dakota) and Jake Nielsen (SLU), all of whom are NHL draft-eligible next year. Tkachuk had combined with power forward Ethan Stahlhuth in the first half for a very effective tandem, but Stahlhuth was put on the shelf at the New Year. Since then, Tkachuk has had 9 points in 6 games. The son of Keith and brother of another top uncommitted forward in Matt Tkachuk (NTDP) is eligible for the OHL draft this year as well as to be considered for the NTDP. -

From OTB’s Fall 2014 Select 70 Uncommitteds
11. 99 F Brady Tkachuk – St. Louis AAA Blues U16 (MO) – 5’9 – 155
Brings a high level of skill and speed, with dynamic and consistent play, the son of long-time NHLer and former BU Terrier Keith Tkachuk has a good release on his shot and can finish his chances. As a bantam, Tkachuk broke loose of defenders regularly and did a great job of masking his intent with the puck. At the U16 level this year, he finds a way to drag so much attention to himself at times that all he has to do is pull a defender in and float a pass into space for one of his linemates to capitalize. All-around a strong prospect who seems dialed-in to the action every time we catch him. If the cutoff date stays the same, the September 16th birthday means he’s going to be the oldest first-year eligible in the 2018 draft. 
USHR: 2014 Select 15 review
Brady Tkachuk (#10 Purple) 5.09.5/146, L, St. Louis Junior Blues Bantams – Really good all-around player. Has good straight line speed and tends to look for breakaways.  Does a lot of little subtle things well. May not have had any assists but can make plays -- nice puck touches, short passes. Character player. Son of former BU/Olympic/NHL forward Keith Tkachuk. Was close to being an “A” player here; we think he probably will be at this time next year. (3-0-3) DOB: 9/16/99 

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