Every year our hockey network runs a mock draft where the managing editors go through the process of selecting players who will be present at the NHL Draft this year. Last season we selected with the 28th pick in the Draft (he went 47th to the )-- this year, with a blessing from Miss Cleo already secured, we're confident that our selection of Boone Jenner from the Oshawa Generals will be a good one. In fact, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him go earlier in the first round.
Jenner is a 6'2 196 pound center who has already added some notable achievements to his career thus far. Along with being named to the OHL's All Rookie Team in 2009-2010, Jenner captained Team Canada Ontario to a silver medal in the 2010 World 17U's and played in the 2011 CHL Top Prospects Game with Team Orr.
Central Scouting ranks Jenner as the 18th best North American skater in the Draft this year, solidified with his seven goal five assist effort in ten playoff games with Oshawa. During the regular season Jenner was equally impressive, notching twenty five goals and forty one assists in 63 games.
Here is an excerpt from his profile on The Scouting Report dot com:
After a rookie campaign that saw Jenner pot 19 goals and 49 points, he had his hands full leading into the 2010-11 season. With a larger role and a deeper supporting cast, Jenner did not disappoint. He played a solid two-way game finishing +32 better than the previous season, while finishing with 25 goals and 66 points in 63 games this season.
It is hard to say what actually makes Jenner such a great player; he really is a just a complete package. Standing at 6.03, 197 pounds; Jenner is incredibly strong on the puck and is not afraid to go to the high traffic areas on the ice. In combination with his stature, the development in his ability to read the ice really makes him a threat with or without the puck in the offensive zone...
...Despite showing improvement in his sophomore season, there is still a need to enhance his skating ability in order to better his two-way game for the quicker pace of the NHL. The other glaring issue within Jenner’s game has nothing to do with his on-ice ability, but an intangible. His maturity on the ice is a cause for concern as a missed call, a call against, or an inopportune bounce, can set Jenner off his game.
San Jose has never had an issue with drafting players who are lacking in the skating department, and if Jenner is available in the latter stages of the first round, I don't think there's any doubt he will receive consideration from the organization. Adjectives such as "big body", "tough on the puck", "two-way presence", and "competitiveness" are commonly used to describe the 18 year old center-- furthermore, he has been compared to and told Buzzing The Net, "I like to play like [Philadelphia Flyers centre Mike Richards]. He's a great role model. If I can be compared to him, that would be great."center ,
For a list of all selections from the 2011 SBN Mock Draft click here.