A native of Denmark, Mikkel Boedker played for Frolunda of the Swedish Junior Elite League for two seasons prior to coming to North America to play the OHL Kitchener Rangers this past fall.
2006-07: The speedy winger led his 2006-07 team to the Swedish Junior Championships and was a star player for Denmark in the 2007 U18 World Junior Divisionals. Additionally, he co-led Denmark with six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the 2008 U20 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, and was named the second best player on his team by the participating WJC coaches.
2007-08: As an OHL rookie in 2007-08, Boedker recorded 73 points in 62 regular season games, which ranked third in the league. He took his game to another level in the playoffs, and was by far the leading rookie in the post-season, notching 35 points in 20 games. A standout in the recently concluded Memorial Cup, Boedker recorded six points in five games. Boedker was chosen in the first round, eighth overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Talent AnalysisA very speedy skater, with good balance and offensive instincts, Boedker exhibits excellent puck pursuit and strength on the puck. With his outstanding shot and lightning fast release, Boedker should become a first or second line winger in the NHL. Boedker is a big game player, who needs to continue to look for the shot over the pass and improve his strength, however, he may be ready to make the jump to the NHL as early as the 2008-09 season.
Boedker was dealt by the Arizona Coyotes to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Alex Tanguay, Connor Bleackley, Kyle Wood.