Mikkel Boedker to Sharks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2016

DENVER, CO - MARCH 09:  Mikkel Boedker #89 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against Nate Thompson #44 of the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center on March 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Ducks 3-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Forward Mikkel Boedker signed a four-year deal with the San Jose Sharks on Friday, the club announced in a press release.

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported the contract is worth $16 million.

Boedker, 26, spent time with the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche in the 2015-16 season, accumulating 17 goals and 34 assists. The Coyotes traded him to the Avalanche in late February for Conner Bleackley, Kyle Wood and Alex Tanguay, and Boedker notched 12 points in 18 games for Colorado.

His acquisition didn't help the team reach the postseason, however, as the Avalanche slumped down the stretch, losing their last six games and eight of their last nine.

It was a devastating close to the season, as the final team to make the Western Conference playoffsthe Minnesota Wildlost its last five games. But the Avalanche couldn't take advantage, and Boedker has departed for greener pastures.

While the skilled winger is an offensive asset, he has yet to score 20 goals in a season and has exceeded 50 points just twice (though he's done so in two of his last three seasons). He's fast coming down the left wing, however, and he is a solid playmaker who will create chances for his teammates.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson spoke about what Boedker will bring to San Jose, per the team's press release:

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Mikkel's tremendous speed is his best attribute and he has the ability to back off defenders with his combination of quickness and soft hands. His creativity and puck-handling abilities make him a threat in the transition game and he is a positive contributor in all three zones. We think he will thrive with our group and look forward to him joining our team.

Boedker isn't great at even strength, however. Three of his goals and 16 of his assists in 2015-16 came on the power play. In the last three years, 11 of his 50 goals and 36 of his 80 assists have come on the power play. In total, 36.1 percent of his points have come on the man advantage. 

To put that in perspective, Colorado's top scorer in 2015-16, Matt Duchene, scored 25.4 percent of his points on the power play. The NHL's top scorer, Patrick Kane, did score 34.9 percent of his points on the power play, though he also registered 69 points in even-strength play.

In other words, Boedker's production in five-on-five play is a concern.

Still, he's a dangerous winger who should improve San Jose's attack. If he can become more productive at even strength, he could become a frightening player. San Jose is banking on Boedker's prime years being fruitful for the squad as it looks to return to the postseason.

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