The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to draft another franchYze player by taking Oshawa Generals center Boone Jenner with the 27th selection in the 2011 NHL entry draft. Jenner is a big kid standing 6'1" 204 lbs. and only turned 18 years old June 15th. Jenner addresses an organizational need for the Lightning who have question marks at center with the recent decline of Vincent Lecavalier. While the Lightning have impressive junior prospect and 2010 first round selection Brett Connolly in the pipeline, there is little behind him at center. Jenner posted respectable totals in his second season. The Dorchester Ontario native had 25g 41a 66pts in 63 games played and accumulated 57 penalty minutes.
Additionally, Jenner elevated his game in the playoffs and was second on Oshawa in scoring posting 7-5-12 in 10 games for the generals. He is the nephew of former Islander and four time Stanley Cup winner Billy Carroll. Jenner was selected to the OHL first all rookie team and was runner up for OHL rookie of the year last season after posting 49 points.
From "The Scouting Report":
Jenner is incredibly strong on the puck and is not afraid to go to the high traffic areas on the ice. In combination with his stature, the development in his ability to read the ice really makes him a threat with or without the puck in the offensive zone. He will never be the player you expect to shoot out the lights, having a 50 goal season, but he is a dependable two-way forward that can play all in all situations, which could make him a great fit on 2nd or 3rd line in the NHL.
Despite showing improvement in his sophomore season, there is still a need to enhance his skating ability in order to better his two-way game for the quicker pace of the NHL. The other glaring issue within Jenner’s game has nothing to do with his on-ice ability, but an intangible. His maturity on the ice is a cause for concern as a missed call, a call against, or an inopportune bounce, can set Jenner off his game.
Jenner was ranked 18th among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Service, but did not appear to be ranked among the top 30 skaters according to the International Scouting Service. With a multitude of undersized skill forwards, the Lightning hope to add some grit and sandpaper capable of disrupting the front of the opposition net. The Scouting Report has Jenner "a poor man's Mike Richards with a larger frame".
New York Islanders Scout and Central Scouting Chris Edwards