The Free Press’s Helene St. James has filed a mailbag article, and among her questions and answers is this note about the Wings’ likely first-round pick:
HSJ: From people I talk to in the organization, Evan Bouchard appears to have slight edge over Noah Dobson. It was interesting at the the combine, of the top defensive prospects I interviewed (Bouchard, Dobson, Hughes and Adam Boqvist) — Bouchard sounded the most confident he can help an NHL team as soon as next season. Now, it is just up to the player, of course, but still, he clearly feels he’s ready for another level after posting 25 goals and 62 assists for 87 points in 67 games with London in the Ontario Hockey League.
St. James continues, and in my opinion, it’s very close between Bouchard and Dobson, but Bouchard is older and more physically mature.