Bokk has started slowly for the second season in a row, with just two points in his first 13 games for his new Swedish club Djurgardens. Last year, the German-born winger finished strong so we can hope for more of the same in 2021 as he adapts to his third organization in the last three seasons. Arguably the main piece of the Justin Faulk trade to St. Louis, Bokk has since been regarded as one of the Canes’ most promising players outside of the NHL.
Offensively, you can see how dangerous Bokk is, even from a limited viewing. The individual talent that he possesses is among the best of the Carolina prospect group, and he has one of the higher ceilings from a point production standpoint. He moves well, and won’t need to change his game much as he moves from Europe to North America. He can pass and shoot at an NHL level, but the ability to impact a game night in and night out has been lacking over the last 18 months.
Commitment to the defensive side of the puck will help the young winger to move through the system more quickly, but it isn’t going to be Bokk’s calling card as a player. The deployment in which he will be most impactful will be with other skilled players both at even strength and with the man advantage.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carolina try and get Bokk into the AHL as quickly as possible. He isn’t getting great deployment with Djurgardens, and after two consecutive seasons of declining production, it might be best to get a closer look where they can more closely control his minutes. Still plenty of upside here, but the impact might not be as immediate as many fans would have hoped following the trade.