Scout Quote

The Score

“He’s got an NHL-level release, and he can set up his teammates as well as he can score himself. His vision allows him to read the play and know when to strike or when to hesitate.”

The Draft Analyst

It’s not often you see a teenage winger literally play mistake-free hockey game after game, but Boldy finds a way to solving his own team’s problems while simultaneously presenting the opposition with a bunch of their own. He’s got pro-ready size, off-the-charts hockey sense and can score from just about anywhere. Boldy has buttery-soft hands and acts as a set-up man for all four of his mates when he himself is not flanking a playmaker, so this kind of versatility is exactly what you want in a future pro.

He warrants a lot of attention from all five on-ice opponents for several reasons, namely for the violent nature of his directional changes while maintaining full control of the puck. It’s rare to see such a powerful skater look as graceful as Boldy does, and there are times where you have to remind yourself that the player dominating the puck is still a teenager and not a mid-20’s NHL forward.

AJ’s Thoughts

As I started digging into the glut of kids on this US team, I really didn’t know much about Boldy. That changed pretty damn fast. I was just a few games into watching these guys and I couldn’t stop finding Boldy jumping off the ice. His all-around game is just so damn good already and he does everything well. Like The Draft Analyst says above, this is a kid that just plays mistake-free hockey.

He’s got good size and he uses is extremely effectively, both physically rolling into guys and with his stick. He’s great defensively already and he’s a creative playmaker on offense with a lethal snap shot that could see him land as a 25-goal guy in the NHL. He’s a killer all-around player and there’s been talk of him being a Selke guy down the road. That’s always a little premature for me when you’re talking about a teenager who is a wing but it’s exciting nonetheless. Could he play center?


Avalanche Fit

At 4, Boldy would probably be a reach. If they moved down or he inexplicably got to 16, he’d be an amazing fit for them. They need real wing help and Boldy’s skillset is picture perfect for the Avs. They just don’t really have a pick in his range. I’d love to see him get his named by the Avs but that’s because I’m selfish and he’s awesome.


Ranked #7 by TSN/McKenzie


Ranked #9 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.

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