2018 Draft Prospect Profile: Brady Tkachuk Looks to Continue Family Business
Alongside the footsteps of his father, former 500-goal scorer, Keith Tkachuk, and older brother, Calgary Flames forward, Matthew Tkachuk, collegiate prospect, Brady Tkachuk, is next in line to carry family name in the NHL.
Current Team: Boston University
Date of Birth: September 16, 1999
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
40 GP/ 8 G/23 A/31 PTS/61 PIM
The NHL has an illustrious history with father-son combos: The Domis (16-year veteran, Tie, and son, current Calgary Flames forward, Max Domi), the Hextalls (Bryan Sr., Bryan Jr., Dennis and Ron), Howes (Mark, Marty and Gordie), Hulls (Bobby and Brett), and of course, the Folignos (Mike, Minnesota Wild’s Marcus Foligno, and Blue Jackets captain, Nick Foligno) to name a few.
Then there’s another former NHLer to whom you’re familiar, who happens to be that of Keith Tkachuk. You remember the Columbus Blue Jackets going toe-to-toe against him and the former Central Division rivals, the St. Louis Blues.
Funny story, at a game years ago (I think it was preseason, maybe 2004?) when Keith took a penalty, a guy that Nationwide Arena showed on the jumbotron during breaks and portrayed visiting players (in this case, Keith) was pretending to cry as they showed someone giving him tissues. I was young and naive enough to think it was really Keith Tkachuk crying.
Anyway, the elder Tkachuk, a 20-year league veteran, son Matt, two years into his Calgary Flames career, and the soon-to-be third peg of the father-son NHL fold is that of standout prospect, Brady Tkachuk. Among the top draft pick potentials in the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas June 22-23, the 19-year-old forward from Boston University tallied 13 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in his first collegiate season in 2017-18.
While Boston University won the Hockey East Championship, Tkachuk was named to the All-Rookie Team, and also adds international competition to his resume. Brady captained the Under-18 USA squad at the 2017 World Championships (7—1-6) over seven games and claimed bronze in the 2018 World Junior Championship (9—3-6) also across seven games.
Though eligible to be claimed by any team in the upcoming draft, Tkachuk has opted to stay in the school for his sophomore season, which means whoever drafts him may or may not be able to reap the benefits of what Tkachuk will provide as a future NHLer.
Told that Brady Tkachuk will return to BU for his sophomore season. The Terriers were going after a grad transfer who was told the offer was no longer available due to Tkachuk returning.— Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonCHN) May 8, 2018
We’ve seen similar storylines play out with Kevin Hayes, drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 but signed with the New York Rangers in 2014. And then Jimmy Vesey, drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2012 but also signing with the Rangers as a free agent in 2016.
Nevertheless, whether Tkachuk makes his NHL debut sooner or later, he brings a certain level of acclaim with him.
Here is the scouting report from Future Considerations:
Tkachuk is a gritty, power–forward with offensive skills…is a powerful, balanced, skater who generates solid straight-line speed but lacks initial footspeed and overall fluidity…tenacious physically and will lay the body when he has chances, although there is some youthfulness there as he gets drawn into making the big open ice hit…relentless on the cycle…effective below the face-off circles…always competing and playing with healthy intensity…likes to shoot the puck from anywhere and gets really good velocity behind his shots…has a nose around the net and hands in tight make him a constant threat to punch pucks into the net…takes the body, blocks shots and gets into passing lanes…thinks the game well…natural leader and future captain material who demonstrates that leadership quality through his work ethic and team first approach…brother to Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, and son to Keith Tkachuk, one of the best goal-scoring power-forwards to ever play in the NHL…has some exciting power-forward upside at the NHL level. (July 2017)
Here is the scouting report from Director of NHL Central Scouting, Dan Marr:
He’s a complete package who can be impactful in every situation, with and without the puck. If you need a goal, he’ll go get a scoring chance. If you’re protecting a lead, he’ll be responsible defensively. If you need someone to go in there and throw their weight around a little bit, he’s a guy who steps up. He seems to rise to those occasions.
Sounds like his father, huh?
https://t.co/ShTASUGWV4— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) October 8, 2017
ISS #4 @BradyTkachuk71
Big body & isn’t afraid to use it. Plays all 200 feet of the rink & loves those dirty areas