2007-08: Michael Bournival was chosen in the first round, seventh overall, by the Shawinigan Cataractes.
2008-09: In his QMJHL rookie season, Bournival played in 46 games for the Cataractes. He scored 11 goals and added 11 assists for 22 points, going +13 on the season while compiling 29 penalty minutes. In 21 playoff games, he scored 1 goal and picked up 3 assists for 4 points.
2009-10: Bournival played in 58 games for the Cataractes, scoring 24 goals and adding 38 assists for 62 points. He played in 6 playoff games, scoring 2 goals and chipping in 2 assists for 4 points. Played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game. Played for Team Canada at the 2010 Under-18 WJC. Bournival was chosen at the 2010 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche in the third rund, 71st overall.
2010-11: Bournival was the third-leading scorer for Shawinigan in his third QMJHL season and was also named to the league's All-Star Game. Bournival scored 28 goals, including 10 power play goals. He also had 36 assists and was +4 with 28 PMs in 56 games for the Cataractes, who finished fourth in the West Division and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In 12 playoff games he scored 5 goals with 8 assists and tied for the team lead with 13 points. Montreal obtained the rights to Bournival in exchange for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne in a November 2010 trade with Colorado.
2011-12: Bournival was able to show his solid two-way game in a couple of NHL pre-season games before being returned for his fourth season in the QJMHL with the Shawninigan Cataractes. He had a very good season despite injury troubles, scoring 30 goals (seven on the power play and three shorthanded) with 26 assists and a plus 15 rating in only 41 games. The Cataractes' captain also received the chance to participate in the 2012 World Junior Championship for Team Canada. Bournival and the Cataractes suffered a disappointing game seven loss to Chicoutimi in the second round of the QJMHL playoffs. The physical two-way centerman had a good first round series putting up five points in a four game sweep of Rouyn-Noranda but would only contribute two assists in the second round loss to the Saguenéens. He was very disappointed with his play in the loss and refused to blame it on any injury. The captain redeemed himself by setting-up the game winning goal in the 2012 Memorial Cup Championship game, after a layoff of about a month.
2012-13: Bournival played 69 games for Montreal's AHL affiliate in Hamilton as a 20-year-old. He scored 10 goals with 20 assists and was -3 with 26 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the North Division. Bournival was called up by the Canadians for their training camp in January and was with Montreal during the playoffs but did not appear in any NHL games.
Bournival is considered a two-way centerman who brings energy and physical grit on every shift while working hard in both ends of the rink. He has the versatility to play all the forward positions while taking important face-offs and playing the shutdown role against the oppositions’ best offensive players. The quick skating forward will need to add more muscle mass to play his physical style at the professional level.
Bournival will probably play his second pro season at the AHL level with the Bulldogs for the upcoming season. He needs to bring more offensive production and continue the development of his overall game. The two-way centerman has potential to play in the bottom-six forward group at the NHL level in the near future.