How NHL-ready Thomas Bordeleau looked at World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

There’s without a doubt that Thomas Bordeleau inspired in his temporary stint with the Sharks final yr.
In the final 8 video games of the 2021-22 NHL season, Bordeleau notched 5 assists. He additionally scored one of the vital greatest objectives in an in a different way disappointing Sharks marketing campaign, a shootout winner over the Vegas Golden Knights that put their department rival’s playoff probabilities on lifestyles improve. The victory snapped San Jose’s 11-game dropping streak to Vegas.
So it is smart why Sharks lovers may pencil the 20-year-old middle into the lineup this coming season. However, two observers who watched Bordeleau lately at August’s World Junior Ice Hockey Championships tapped the brakes on that.
Not that Bordeleau wasn’t terrific at the match: The centerman adopted up his NHL cup of espresso with a starring flip at the World Juniors, main Team USA with 8 issues in simply 5 video games.
Chris Peters of FloHockey named Bordeleau the 18th-best participant of the tourney: “Bordeleau was a jack of all trades for the U.S. His two-way play, faceoff prowess and high-end skill made him a factor in all three zones.”
But being a top-20 participant at the World Juniors is a some distance cry from being an on a regular basis NHL middle.
“I didn’t necessarily see a player I thought should be in an NHL lineup tomorrow,” Peters advised San Jose Hockey Now of Bordeleau’s World Juniors appearing. “Someone with his size profile has to be able to impact the game on the scoresheet, and I don’t know that he is going to do that right away next season. It might help him to get top-six reps in the AHL and find his way as a productive two-way center to play at a higher level by the time he’s ready to reach the NHL.”
For what it’s value, the 5-foot-10 Bordeleau was once productive within the NHL. Besides some highlight-reel set-up passes, he additionally popped in a variety of SPORTLOGiQ microstats, which I wrote about at San Jose Hockey Now lately.
Bordeleau “was third among San Jose Sharks forwards, behind Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier, with 00:27 OZ Possession and 6.87 Offense-Generating Plays Per 20 at 5-on-5. He was second with 1.57 Slot Pass Completions and 3.73 Puck Battle Wins Per 20.”
It’s a small pattern measurement, however Hertl and Meier are the corporate that you need to stay in the case of producing offense.
But there are extra query marks than simply measurement with Bordeleau.
An NHL govt who watched the entire World Juniors advised SJHN: “He certainly has to learn to play faster. Play with pace every shift.”
Puck control was once a subject matter too, at least in the most efficient league on the earth. Bordeleau had a Sharks-worst 3.84 Giveaways Per 60, in line with I do know, the monitoring of such numbers isn’t dependable, however that’s considered one of a couple of obstacles between Bordeleau and an on a regular basis NHL function.

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Look, Bordeleau’s an awesome younger participant. There isn’t a group within the league that wouldn’t love to have him of their machine. 
“I thought Bordeleau showed a lot of what makes him a good player and prospect at the [World Juniors],” Peters famous.
But a bit persistence by no means harm a prospect.
“There’s no sense in rushing him if he’s not ready,” Peters cautioned. “He’s got an NHL brain already, but I think there’s still another level he needs to get to before becoming an everyday NHL’er.”

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