Today it was announced that former Arizona Coyote forward Mikkel Boedker has signed a two-year deal with the Swiss team Lugano. Boedker was a pending free agent, and while he would have to return to the Ottawa Senators if the season were to resume, he didn’t have much of a role with the team.
The Coyotes drafted Boedker 8th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He would play 445 games in eight seasons with the Coyotes and would register 80 goals and 133 assists.
While Boedker had some notable highlights with the Coyotes, including back-to-back overtime game-winning goals against the Chicago Blackhawks during the Coyotes’ playoff run, he never found the success he seemed poised to. Instead of signing Boedker long term, the Coyotes would eventually trade him to the Colorado Avalanche for Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley, and Kyle Wood.
Boedker would then sign with the Sharks, where he played two seasons before being traded to the Ottawa Senators as part of the Mike Hoffman deal. In his first season in Ottawa, he would play in 71 games and record 7 goals and 28 assists, only to be limited to 20 games, 2 goals, and 2 assists in this past game.
Mikkel Boedker had skill and speed, but he never seemed to put it all together. He never hit the twenty-goal plateau and things seemed to go downhill after the 2013-14 season. Hopefully, Boedker has good luck and success with his new team once hockey resumes.