Boston University product Brady Tkachuk — one of the best-known prospects heading into the 2018 NHL entry draft — is cut from the same cloth as his dad, Keith Tkachuk, who scored 538 goals over an 18-year NHL career, and his brother, Matthew Tkachuk, who was the sixth overall pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2016 NHL draft and has already become one of the league’s top agitators. nike nfl jerseys cheap china Opinions vary on Brady’s overall pro potential, but there’s no doubt that the 18-year-old is a favorite among scouts for his competitiveness, physical strength and solid all-around game. The winger is in the mix to be among the top five players — and first American — selected once the draft opens in Dallas on Friday.
He’s ultra-competitive. He’s going to run through the wall for you. He’s going to want that puck and to win those battles. His competitive urge is stronger than everybody else’s on the ice. That’s the biggest strength he has.1 Once he gets comfortable and he knows he’s stronger than you, you’re done. He has that mentality. The Tkachuks are all like that.2 Matthew is ultra-competitive, too, but Brady has that little-brother syndrome. He’s tougher, he’s quieter and he’s sneakier. He knows how to get into those spots and disrupt people but also how to maintain his cool.3 The [Tkachuk brothers] have been taught how to play the game. To go where the goals are scored. If they’re not contributing on the score sheet, they know how to contribute with their physical game.4 Brady has the skill on top of it to be dangerous around the net. He has soft hands and can make plays and score goals. That’s a rare combination (competitiveness, physicality and skill) in a player in this day and age, when the emphasis is on skating and speed. 5 china nike nfl jerseys cheap
As for his weaknesses … even though he’s a big kid, he’s still a kid. He hasn’t developed his core, that three-period body [that allows him] to control the game, go for long periods of time and not disappear. His body hasn’t caught up to where his mind is yet. 6 The knock right now is his game speed — and his ability to turn and get back down the ice. I think it’s just a lack of strength, and not a skating issue. 7 I don’t think he’s ready for the NHL yet. He still needs one more year somewhere, whether it’s back at BU or in the AHL or the OHL. He needs that time to develop — not only his skill set, but his strength set. It all depends on who drafts him, though. I don’t think he’s too far away. I think he’s a year away. 8 Long term, I see him as a top-line guy for sure. And he’ll be put in situations where he’s very dangerous 5-on-5, very dangerous when the game’s on the line. 9