MEET THE ROOKIES: MIKKEL BOEDKER
Monday, 09.15.2008 / 4:11 PM MT / Features
By Russell Brooks
|BOEDKER AT A GLANCE:|
It has been quite a summer for the native of Brandby, Denmark. After being drafted by the Coyotes in June in Ottawa, Mikkel Boedker traveled to Phoenix for the Coyotes Rookie Camp, and he has continued to work out in the Valley in preparation for training camp.
This past season was Boedker’s first in North America. Playing with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, Boedker put up 29 goals and 44 assists for 73 points in 62 games. Boedker finished second on the team in scoring for Kitchener, which hosted the Memorial Cup along with winning the OHL Championship. In the Memorial Cup, Boedker had two goals and four assists to finish the tournament sixth overall in scoring.
Boedker is attending his first professional training camp with the Coyotes after signing a three-year entry-level contract on July 1, 2008.
|THE SKINNY ON BOEDKER:|
“Mikkel’s biggest strength is his speed. We think he gives himself an opportunity to play in the NHL because of the way he skates. He skates at an NHL level. He has a body that is going to allow him play at an NHL level. He is mature physically and such an elite skater. He does things at a high tempo, high pace. The pace in the NHL is not going to overwhelm him,” Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving said.
|FIVE QUESTIONS WITH BOEDKER:|
Q: What is the most memorable moment of your career?
MB: “I would have to say the most memorable moments are the OHL Finals and the being drafted in the NHL.”
Mikkel’s biggest strength is his speed. We think he gives himself an opportunity to play in the NHL because of the way he skates. He skates at an NHL level. - Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad TrelivingQ: What do you prefer, the North American or International ice surface?
MB: “I want to be playing on the North American ice because it means I have made it to the top levels.”
Q: What is the toughest part about the transition from the OHL to the professional game?
MB: “The difference in the skill level and the toughness. Everyone is bigger and stronger in the professional game.”
Q: Where is the better food? Canada, Denmark, or the United States?
MB: “I like all three countries, but Danish food has to be the best. I love the Danish Christmas food the best.”
Q: What is your typical pre-game routine?
MB: “I will have a meal before my nap. Then, I come in a half hour before scheduled to come in and tape my sticks, relax, and listen to music while focusing on the game.”
|Join us Tuesday (Sept. 16) when the Coyotes take on the Los Angeles Kings in the first of two rookie games at Jobing.com Arena. You can attend for free or watch a free webcast of the game starting at 6 p.m. (PST).|