One can see why this smooth-skating defender has been lauded for the past couple of years as an up-and-coming prospect for the 2018 draft. All it takes is one rush to notice his prodigious skill package as a 6-2 defenceman with a natural skating stride, puck skills and soft hands. When you see him trying to stickhandle out of his own zone with little room to operate and having the puck stripped for a golden opportunity for the other team, however, it brings cause for concern.
What also raises red flags is poor positioning and lackadaisical play in his own end while defending, so unless he can clean up his game and make smarter decisions with and without the puck this highly-skilled prospect will find himself dropping into the draft’s second round. The skills are certainly there for him to be a top-20 pick if he can figure some things out…and there is lots of time left.
NHL Scouts Comments
Oct. 15, 2017 – A little bit similar to Miller in that I think his athleticism is off the charts. Skating, stick skills, shot. I don’t think he’s got the poise or the hockey sense to be great. I think he gets to the NHL on physical ability. Bode’s got to keep it really simple, but then he’ll make a high-end athletic play..and you don’t want him to lose that either. He may just always be a high-risk, high-reward guy. You can try to simplify him, but I don’t think he’s got the hockey sense or grit. I think he’s going to be a player who..you don’t have to project the physical tools. He maybe plays power play some games, he’s got that bomb, but he’s certainly not going to run it, he won’t quarterback it.
Dec. 12, 2017 – He was bad for me in Finland. He’s not very smart.
Dec. 15, 2017 – I think he’s going to frustrate coaches with his turnovers, and a lack of continuity defensively.Dec. 15, 2017 – I’ve been pretty impressed with him lately. He makes a lot of mistakes trying to do too much, but the more I watch him, I think that’s all it is..just needs to learn when to make the simple play and be a little more patient defensively..but he’s not a dumb player; he makes plays. Good on the power play, off the rush, pinching down below the goal line, got a good stick and shot, he’s making plays..he’s won me over on the offensive end.
Jan. 17, 2018 – I only saw him once. I see a highly athletic guy that doesn’t process really well at this point. He doesn’t see the ice really well, he doesn’t react. He doesn’t realize danger situations, but Trouba used to be kind of like that too, so I’m going to be careful, but I don’t think his sense is his strength is right now.
Jan. 22, 2018 – Sometimes he goes brain dead.
Jan. 25, 2018 – I see enough head-up speed, can execute, make a play. I think he just needs to learn to manage his game a little better. He’s kind of a pedal to the metal type player…tries to win every shift. I saw him make enough high-end plays…I do think that he’s going to do dumb stuff at the NHL, but I look at our lineup and we’ve got plenty of dmen that do dumb stuff. I think with Bode the good outweighs the bad. You’ve got quite a package there that’s hard to pass up. I see more physicality there too. We have him right there with Wahlstrom. We kind of think he and Wahlstrom are men amongst boys and can both be impact NHL players.
Jan. 27, 2018 – I can’t get over the hockey sense.