Badger Hockey Recruit Review: Brock Boeser, Burnsville High School

The Badger Hockey Recruit Review will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next five weeks. Today, we feature Brock Boeser from Burnsville high school.

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Class
Position
Hand
Height
Weight
2015 or '16
Forward
Right
5-11
175
Team
Hometown
DOB
Burnsville (High School)
Burnsville, Minn.
2/25/1997

Statistics Verbal Commitment

One of the more recent Wisconsin commits, Brock Boeser carries a familiar name with Badger fans. Brock's older cousin, Dan, played defense for Wisconsin from 2000-04 and was a tri-captain during current head coach Mike Eaves' second season at the helm.

As a sophomore in high school this past season, Boeser drew the attention of college scouts early on, including Eaves, who went to see the Burnsville star in person over the holiday break.

In addition to Madison, Boeser also made stops in Ann Arbor to see Michigan and also visited his hometown Gophers. When it came time to make a decision, Boeser went with his heart.

"The feeling is great, I'm really honored," Boeser told Bucky's 5th Quarter after making his decision. "(Wisconsin) has been my dream school ever since I was a little kid."

Brock's decision made plenty of family members happy, as well, according to cousin Dan, who currently helps coach Brock at Burnsville High School.

"Thrilled that he has a scholarship to a Division 1 school, icing on the cake for me that he chose Wisconsin," Dan told Bucky's 5th Quarter this week. "I obviously played there, his mom is from Madison, and a lot of his mom's family still lives there. Couldn't be happier for him and look forward to coaching him the next few years until he puts on the Cardinal and White."

Statistics Coach Comments

Burnsville assistant coach and former Badger Dan Boeser on Brock Boeser:

"Brock is a player that has developed into the total package," Dan Boeser told B5Q recently. "What I mean by that, is that he plays hard at both ends of the ice, and can play in every situation. He is a very reliable offensive threat, has a great shot. Plays on power play, penalty kill and is responsible defensively.

"Along with that, he has good size for a 16 year old. Works extremely hard at his craft, both on and off the ice. Really has the ability to be a special type of player."

Statistics Scouting Report

Sioux City drafted Boeser with the second available pick in the USHL Phase I Draft for 1997-born players this spring.

"(Boeser) is a power forward with good skills," Sioux City assistant coach Keith Paulsen said after the draft. "He's got a quick release and can score when it counts."

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MNHockeyProspects.com describes Boeser as "A very intense player that possesses great size and skill to match." They went on to add, "the sky is the limit for Boeser, as his skating and hands have improved a great deal throughout the year."

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Boeser is a player that I've had a chance to see personally, and I'm not afraid to back his cousin's analysis. I was lucky enough to watch Boeser in a sectional final game at Mariucci Arena earlier this spring and came away very impressed, despite Burnsville losing the contest to eventual state champion Edina.

Boeser played a ton of minutes in the game and was one of the most notable players on the ice as a sophomore in a contest that featured probably eight to 10 skaters that will eventually play Division 1 hockey some day.

After he committed to Wisconsin, I asked Brock how he would describe himself as a player to fans that haven't seen him. He immediately said, "two-way player, play-maker." I'd say that's a pretty fair assessment.

While one game is not enough to draw any definitive conclusions, you can get a pretty good feel for the basics (skating ability, overall talent level, etc). There wasn't one thing that jumped out when watching him in terms of a specific tool, but you could tell after just a few shifts that you were watching a quality hockey player.

Boeser is still very young, as he's got two years of high school left,and possibly a year in the USHL after that. He's certainly a kid to get excited about as a player who is going to bring a lot to the table for the Badgers in years to come.

Statistics Statistics

2012-13 (Sophomore): 19 games, 12 goals, 22 assists, 34 points, 6 PIM

Honors Honors

-- Invited to USA Hockey Select 16 festival in Rochester, N.Y.

Press Clippings Recent Press

Bucky's 5th Quarter: Badgers receive verbal commitment from Burnsville forward Brock Boeser

Wisconsin State Journal: Top recruit Brock Boeser commits

Wisconsin State Journal: Brock Boeser picks his 'dream school'

Multimedia Audio / Video

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@BBoeser16

More Info Additional Info

As previously mentioned, Boeser was selected by Sioux City in the first round of the USHL futures draft. Boeser told Bucky's 5th Quarter that he plans to return for his junior season at Burnsville next year. Boeser is currently committed for either 2015 or 2016, depending on his progress and early departures.

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