BRADY AND MATTHEW TKACHUK
meet all of the requirements to become top-line players on high-level teams for many years. Both could become NHL stars. Their skating is good enough and their hockey sense, hand skills, scoring ability and competitiveness are all at the elite level. Neither one is the physical behemoth that their father was, and neither has Keith’s incredibly fluid skating stride for a big man. Brady and Matthew are also playing in a different era of hockey, where strength is more directed to maintaining puck possession and establishing position than it is to pure physicality. By the end of their careers, Brady and Matthew could build on Keith’s legacy and have fans mentioning the Tkachuk name in the same breath as the Sutters, Stastnys, Staals, Hulls and Howes. Take both players for your team if at all possible. If you can only choose one of them, remember the X-factor. Matthew has it. Brady might, but we don’t know yet. Never turn down a player with the X-factor. Grab Matthew right away. Tom Thompson has been an NHL scout/director/assistant GM since 1985.