Jimmy Bubnick
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Jimmy Bubnick

Hometown:

Saskatoon Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1991-01-19

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th Round (155th Overall), 2009

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Jimmy Bubnick entered his rookie season in the WHL, appearing at forward with the Kamloops Blazers. In 64 games he managed to net nine goals and 18 assists for a total of 27 points. He was held scoreless in four post season contests.

2008-09: The sophomore forward stepped his game up significantly this season, as he went on to tally 57 points (25g+32a) in 72 games with the Kamloops Blazers. He played at both right wing and center this season. Registered a helper in four playoff games.  Bubnick played in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2009-10: Attended Thrashers camp before being returned to Kamloops. Was third on the Blazers in scoring before a mid-season trade sent him and leading scorer Tyler Shattock (STL) to Calgary in hopes of boosting the Hitmen's hopes for a Memorial Cup run. In 65 regular season games between the two teams, he scored 22 goals with 31 assists. The Hitmen breezed to the WHL championship with Bubnick scoring 2 goals with 12 assists in 23 games. He was even better in the four Memorial Cup games, leading Calgary with 3 goals and 5 assists.

2010-11: Bubnick spent the season centering the checking line for the Calgary Hitmen where he was assigned the difficult matchups and played on the penalty killing unit. Chipping in 17 goals in 60 games was an added benefit to the club and his 10 helpers put him fifth in team scoring. He continues to prove he is a selfless team player with decent skills and a coachable attitude.

2011-12: Bubnick returned to Calgary for an overage season in the WHL after attending camp with the Jets. He was the leading scorer for the Hitmen, scoring 36 goals with 41 assists and was plus-18 with 72 penalty minutes. Calgary reached the playoffs after finishing second in the Central Division. Bubnick had 3 assists and was plus-one with four penalty minutes in the five-game series with Brandon. Bubnick was not signed to a contract by Winnipeg, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

  

Talent Analysis

Bubnick is a big body down the middle or on the wing (he's played both) with a skill set and physical presence that will earn him an opportunity in pro hockey. While not as dazzling as some of the top forwards his age, Bubnick excelled on fitness tests at the recent Thrashers prospect camp and is a sound two-way player who moves the puck quickly and makes the players around him better. He stick handles well and is very good at recognizing open teammates.


 

Future

Bubnick is now attending the University of Saskatchewan and is likely not a serious pro prospect at this point.

 

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