June 20, 2004
2004 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Inside College Hockey will profile some of the best NHL Draft-eligible college players between now and when their names will be called, June 26-27 in Raleigh, N.C. Check back often to get the scoop on where you can expect your favorite players to go on draft day.

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Michigan State

2003-04 Statistics: 30 GP, 8-10—18

Central Scouting: 27th among North American skaters
The Hockey News: 43rd

Background: Booth was a victim of the opt-in rule last year, when he couldn't enter the draft without forfeiting his college eligibility. This year, as a sophomore, he battled with injuries and saw his scoring drop in half, after posting 36 points as a rookie.

Scout's Take: “He’s a guy who, ironically, if he was drafted last year would have gone higher – probably in the first round.

“Statistically he fell off the table this year. Maybe it was the pressure of it being his draft year. Maybe it was an injury he had early in the year that he never really came back from. He went over to World Juniors and played ok over there, but he came back and nothing seemed to happen.

“At the same time, he showed last year that he’s a real good player. Some people think about that and really like him, so it’s very hard to predict where he’ll end up.”

INCH Projection: While he likely won't be the first-round pick he might have been a year ago, Booth won't fall far. He should go in the second round.

"Scout's Take" is Inside College Hockey's exclusive evaluation of the player from one or more NHL scouts. Scouts were granted anonymity in exchange for their candor.

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