David Booth: The Poor Man's Pavel Bure

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2008

They seem so different.

One is a pure scorer who put fear in his opponents' eyes. The other is a young, scrawny forward that many in the hockey world know little about.

But they are united by one burning desire, and the ability to always know where the puck is. This is what makes David Booth quite similar to Pavel Bure.

Booth has shown in the early stages of his career that he has a nose for the puck—much like Bure did throughout his career. Bure was a flashy scorer who always seemed to have the puck on his stick. While Booth is less flashy and less feared, he has many of the same attributes the Russian Rocket had throughout his career.

A 23-year-old Panthers forward, Booth has the breakaway speed that made Bure a nightmare to play against. He also has the constant hunger needed to put the puck in the back of the net, much like Bure.

It's early in the 2008-09 season, but Booth is already showing he can be a leader who can score goals when his team needs it the most. This was a key component that made Bure a force in the league for years.

Many have no idea who David Booth is, but I have a feeling by the end of the year many will consider him an elite talent, with the ability to score on any given shift, on any given night.

Booth did not take long to develop.  In his first season with substantial playing time he posted 22 goals. Bure did not take long to develop, either, as he tallied 34 goals in his first season.

Booth is truly turning into a superstar, and will continue to play his hard-nosed, 110-percent playing style—which could one day catapult him into becoming one of the greats in NHL history.