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Dominik Bokk is another in a recent trend of German NHL prospects. Bokk had an impressive showing at the D1A World Junior Championships, helping the German team to third place with five points in five games. Last year he played in the D1A Under-18, putting up seven goals and 10 points in five games.
He is currently playing in Sweden where he has spent time in both the SHL and J20 leagues. His SHL time has been limited, with just 15 games, mostly on the fourth line. He has one goal and one assist. He has also played in the Champions Hockey League with a goal and an assist in three games. In the J20, he is dominating with 14 goals and 41 points in 35 games. He’s added five goals and six assists for 11 points in eight playoff games.
Dominik Bokk Scouting Report
Left Wing/Right Wing — shoots Right
Born February 3rd, 2000 — Schweinfurt, Germany
Height 6’1″ — Weight 180 lbs [185 cm / 82 kg]
Bokk is a strong skater. His top-end speed is above average, but not blazing. However, what really helps is the fact that Bokk has a very good first step and strong acceleration. He reaches top speed in just a few strides. This helps him be quick to pounce on loose pucks and win short races. His ability to change speeds can also create space on the rush. Book also has good edgework and agility, which allows him to weave through traffic and make plays in tight spaces.
Bokk has outstanding stickhandling ability. He has incredible hands and can make plays in a phone booth. He pairs this with very good vision and passing skill. Bokk has high-end hockey IQ, he always seems to make smart plays with the puck and knows how to get open without it. Bokk is strong on his skates, and protects the puck well in the cycle game. He has decent balance. This should improve even more as he continues to add muscle to his frame.
Bokk is a goal scorer. He has a good arsenal of shots. His wrist shot and snapshot are hard and accurate. They both also feature a quick release. Bokk’s slap shot and one-timer are also strong. While his shots are good Bokk can also score in tight. He goes to the net and can score with tip-ins, pounce on rebounds, and with the quick hands to bang in passes from teammates.
Bokk also needs to work on his defensive game, with more commitment to the backcheck, and better positioning needed. It is a bit of a work in progress, but it must be remembered that this was Bokk’s first season playing against high-end competition. At lower levels of the World Championships and in German junior leagues, there are few players who have the offensive skills of Bokk. He would have had the puck through most of his time in those leagues and not have needed to learn much on the defensive end. With good coaching and development, this aspect of this game should develop.
Projection and Comparison
Bokk is a talented, but raw player. He needs to continue to work on his game and get good coaching and development. He needs to work on his defensive game, and also to be a bit more physical without the puck. Bokk may be anywhere from two to four years away from being NHL ready, but with good development can be a top-six forward. Bokk’s game is reminiscent of Nikolaj Ehlers. This is simply a style comparison though, and not one based on potential or ability.
The following is a compilation of some of the many highlight packages of Bokk that are available on youtube.
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— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) January 25, 2018