Drafted By: Boston Bruins
Final Ranking: #54 by Bob McKenzie
Most Recent Affiliation: USNTDP
Another American prospect who slotted in on a stacked USNTDP team in 2015-16, Frederic put up 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 61 games for the US U18 team. He also racked up 73 penalty minutes, suggesting he plays a fairly physical style.
He also put up four goals and three assists during seven games for the US U18 World Junior Championships.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, next season, he’ll be joining the University of Wisconsin Badgers.
Full Scouting Report
Projected to be a third-line center, Frederic’s best ability is his puck-handling. He can be difficult to stop once he has the puck on his stick. While he’s certainly willing to go to the net and try to score the so-called garbage goals, Frederic also has a quick snap shot that can beat goalies from distance. His hand-eye coordination is top-notch, making him a constant threat for the drive-by tip in or deflection.
However, he does have some concerns, largely his speed and his skating. He’s not the fleetest of foot, which could be a major issue given the league looks to be heading more towards the Pittsburgh Penguins’ fast transition play. And while he did put up a point-per-game in the U18 WJC, he was relatively ineffective in the more difficult games, scoring only against the weaker opponents.
Still, he does seem to fit the Boston Bruins’ style, and if his skating can catch up with his hands, he could be a good depth pick.