We’re four games into Samuel Bolduc’s professional hockey career and the 2019 second-round pick by the New York Islanders already has his first multi-point game.
In Bridgeport’s second home game of the shortened 2021 schedule, Bolduc put up a goal and two assists as he helped his team capture their first win of the year.
If Bolduc hasn’t made an impression on you yet, you haven’t been paying attention.
New York Islanders prospect Samuel Bolduc first multi-point game
Entering the game, Bolduc was already riding a two-game point streak. He scored his first pro goal in his second game and followed that up with his first pro assist in game number three.
Today, in his first multi-point game, Bolduc put up three points. A goal and two primary assists. All three points came just over 13 minutes apart in the third period and powered his team from 3-2 down to 5-3 and gave them their first win on the season.
He rightfully earned the first star of the game.
On his goal, Bolduc had a ton of space at the blue line, saw there was traffic in front of the net, so he walked up and rifled a wrister that found twine.
His shot is an underrated part of his game. When I spoke to his former coach Bruce Richardson from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, he told me that Bolduc has one hell of a shot.
His next point came a as primary assist on Cole Bardreau’s second goal of the season. It was a great heads-up play to see the play staying in the offensive zone and that he had space to get the puck in a more dangerous area. And then to connect with Bardreau on the far side. *Chefs kiss*
It’s incredible to think he just turned 20 in December and that he was a second-round pick. He seems ready today. If not for the quality already on the Islanders blue line he might just be in the NHL today.
He ground out his scoring by providing the primary assist to Dmytro Timashov’s empty-net goal to seal the 5-3 win.
Being in the AHL isn’t a bad thing for him. He will continue to play big minutes and round his game to become a more consistent presence on the ice. Going back to my chat with Bruce Richardson, consistency was seemingly Bolduc’s only weakness.