Bourret was drafted 16th overall, 2005 NHL Entry Draft by Atlanta.
2005-06: Bourret’s third season in the QMJHL was his coming out party. The short and stocky power forward led his team in scoring, once again increasing his offensive statistics. He helped lead Lewiston into the second round of the playoffs with his blend of skill and physicality.
2006-07: This was Bourret’s first professional season. After a head injury in the September 2006 Traverse City Prospects Tournament shortened his preseason, Bourret started slowly with the AHL Chicago Wolves. He did seem to be getting on track when a late February trade between the Atlanta Thrashers and the New York Rangers sent the winger to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Playing on the first line with Jarkko Immonen and Nigel Dawes last season provided Bourret with the opportunity to show his creativity with and without the puck.
2007-08: Played his first full season in the New York Rangers organization in the AHL with the Hartford Wolfpack. Suffered through injuries throughout the year, which hampered his play. Showed flashes of brilliance, but lacked overall consistency. Acquired by the Coyotes in the off-season with a draft day trade.
December 2006 feature on Bourret.
Bourret is a strong skater , who combines skill with physical play, and is a tireless worker. Beyond his offensive ability, the most dominant aspect of Bourret’s game is his physical play. He is more than willing to get his nose dirty, and stick up for his teammates. What Bourret needs to improve upon is his consistency. Flashes of brilliance were interspersed with poor decisionmaking at times during the 2006-07 season. If Bourret can become a consistent player, he has the potential to be a top-line forward.