2007-08: While Henrique’s numbers didn’t really take a huge jump forward this year, that was more due to him playing on a deep and talented Windsor team and didn’t get the type of offensive minutes that he likely would have received had he been on another team. He recorded 22 goals and 22 assists in 62 games, along with a +17 rating. His 44 total points matched his total from the 2006-07 season. He had a solid, though short lived playoff, contributing five points in five games. The Devils likely got a good read on the type of player Henrique was while they were scouting Brad Snetsinger, and had help in earning him a selection in the third round of the 2007-08 NHL draft by New Jersey.
2008-09: Henrique was expected to take on more responsibilities with the powerhouse Spitfires for the 2008-09 season. Included in those responsibilities was more of an offensive role, while not sacrificing his strong defensive zone play and he did just that as Henrique’s regular season play was quite stellar. On one of the CHL’s top-ranked teams that had many players post gaudy numbers, Henrique had a stellar +39 rating and averaged over a point per game, scoring 30 goals and 33 assists in 56 games, all career highs. He put up another 17 points in 20 games in Windsor’s march to the Memorial Cup, and capped a great season for the Memorial Cup Champions by finishing tied for the tournament lead in scoring.
2009-10: One last season with Windsor saw Henrique push his point totals further with 38 goals and 39 assists en route to an OHL Championship. To add to the list, Henrique would play in the OHL All-Star Game, put up the most OHL Playoff goals (with 20 in 19 games) to win the OHL Playoffs MVP “Wayne Gretzky 99 Award”, and engrave his name forever on the CHL Memorial Cup. The Brantford Native would also help Canada win Silver at the World Juniors.
2010-11: Henrique made his NHL debut in the final game of the season, capping off an impressive first pro season in which he was AHL Albany’s second-leading scorer. Henrique had just over 13 minutes of ice time and was +1 in the Devils’ 3-2 win in what could be Hall of Fame coach Jacques Lemaire’s last game. In 73 games for Albany, which like New Jersey failed to make the playoffs, Henrique scored a team-leading 25 goals with 25 assists and was -3 with 26 PMs.
Talent AnalysisHenrique is about as well-rounded a prospect as you will come across and perfectly fits the mould of what the Devils look for in a prospect. He’s a smart, sound and versatile two-way forward capable of playing both center and on the wing. While not a flashy offensive player, Henrique possesses an accurate shot with a quick release and isn’t afraid to go to the front of the net to create offense. He also oozes intangibles such as face-off acumen, work-ethic and leadership skills.
Henrique adapted very easily to the pro game last year and it appears he doesn’t need much more development time in the minors. While it’s not a stretch to say he could make it as a second-liner, he’s more likely to settle into the role of an above average two-way third-liner who chips in 40 to 50 points at his peak. Similar in style to Brooks Laich.