2008-09: Reid Boucher played for the Lansing Capitals midget major U-18 squad. In 64 games, he scored 79 goals with 41 assists and had 119 PMs. Boucher was selected by the Sarnia Sting in the 14th round (272nd overall) of the OHL Priority draft and by the Youngstown Phantoms in the fourth round of the USHL Futures Draft. He committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2011-12.
2009-10: Boucher was selected for the US National Team Development program and spent the bulk of the season with U-17 squad; appearing in one U-18 game. In 24 USHL games with the NTDP team, he scored 10 goals with 4 assists with a -9 plus/minus and was assessed 22 PMs. In 41 non-USHL contests with the U-17 squad, he scored 17 goals with 13 assists and had 38 PMs. He also participated in the World Hockey Challenge U-17 tournament, scoring 2 goals with five assists in six games for Team USA.
2010-11: Boucher returned to Ann Arbor for his second season with the NTDP squad, competing in both the USHL games and with the U-18 club. In 24 USHL contests, he scored 14 goals with 6 assists and was a much-improved +6 and 13 PMs. In 57 total U-18 games, he scored 32 goals with 22 assists and recorded 35 PMs. Boucher’s 8 goals for Team USA at the World Junior Championship U-18 tournament were second only to Russia’s Nikita Kucherov (11) among tournament goal scorers and he also had 2 assists. Among his 8 goals were 3 game-winners, including a tie-breaking score with 21 seconds left in a 4-3 win over Russia. Boucher had a pair of goals in USA’s win over Canada in the semi-finals and then scored with 1:29 left in the gold medal game against Sweden to tie things up in another eventual 4-3 overtime USA win. Boucher was ranked 113 amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Devils in the 4th round (99th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and after the draft announced that he would forego college hockey and join the OHL’s Sarnia Sting in 2011-12.
2011-12: Boucher made his pro hockey debut – appearing in a late season AHL game with the Albany Devils – following his first OHL season with Sarnia. He was minus-one with no points nor penalties in his brief stint with Albany. Boucher scored 28 goals in 67 games for Sarnia (second on the Sting to 2012 number one overall pick Nail Yakupov’s 31 goals) but was a team-worst minus-19 plus/minus. He had 22 assists with 19 penalty minutes. Sarnia finished second in the West Division and Boucher scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was even with 4 penalty minutes in the six-game playoff series with Saginaw.
2012-13: Boucher joined the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany at the end of March after skating for Sarnia and breaking the OHL club’s record for goals in a season. Boucher scored a goal and had two assists in his first game with Albany, a 5-4 shootout loss to Portland. He had 3 goals and 2 assists in 11 AHL games and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes. Albany missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. Boucher scored 62 goals for Sarnia, topping Steve Stamkos’ club record of 60 set in 2011-12, and had 33 assists. He was +13 with 53 penalty minutes in 67 OHL games. The Sting finished third in the West Division and were swept by Plymouth in a first round series. Boucher scored 2 goals, both on the power play, and had 3 assists in four playoff games; finishing -6 with 4 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with New Jersey in March, 2013.
The Grand Ledge, Michigan native has shown he is quite the capable scorer. His best asset remains his lightning-quick, accurate shot. Yet he demonstrated his quick hand and vision made the transition to the pros. Whether it's in-tight or from the outside, Boucher seems to find the quality scoring areas. Boucher was not intimidated battling against bigger opponents for loose pucks and did not shy away from contact. While he had made great strides to improve his skating, it is not up to par where it needs to be.
Boucher was not satisfied with his rookie season despite scoring 22 goals in his first year in the AHL. The pressure to reach his potential as a top-line scorer is pushing him to not be satisfied and consistently work hard. With Mike Camallieri joining the Devils, Boucher might be facing another full season in the AHL. Management will be watching to see if their young forward can start to produce at a consistent pace.