Simon Bourque
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Simon Bourque

Hometown:

Longueuil Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-01-12

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

6th round (177th overall), 2015

Weight:

184 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Simon Bourque was an assistant captain for the College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains in the Quebec midget AAA league. He scored 5 goals with 13 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games. The Riverains swept College-Esther-Blondin in a preliminary series before falling to Laval-Montreal in the quarterfinals. Bourque scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was selected by Rimouski in the second round (25th overall) in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2013-14: Bourque made his QMJHL debut with Rimouski as a 16-year-old, skating in 55 regular season games for the Oceanic in his first season. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +10 with 26 penalty minutes. Rimouski finished second behind Baie-Comeau in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Bourque had 2 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.

2014-15: Bourque was the second-leading scorer amongst Oceanic defensemen behind Jets’ prospect Jan Kostalek in his second season with QMJHL champion Rimouski. In 68 regular season games he scored 10 goals with 28 assists and was +27 with 69 penalty minutes. Rimouski finished first in the East Division and defeated second-place Quebec in the QMJHL Finals. Bourque scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +7 with 18 penalty minutes in 17 QMJHL playoff games. In four Memorial Cup games he had 1 assist and was -4 with 6 penalty minutes. Bourque was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine in June and was ranked 76th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Montreal in the sixth round (177th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Bourque made his pro hockey debut — skating in three games with Montreal AHL affiliate St. John’s following his third QMJHL season with the Rimouski Oceanic. He had 1 assist and was +2 with no penalties skating for the IceCaps. Bourque scored 12 goals with 34 assists and was -3 with 50 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games for Rimouski. The Oceanic finished second in the East Division, falling to Charlottetown in a first-round playoff series. Bourque had 5 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Bourque has a unique set of tools. Offensively, he has great awareness on the ice, is an excellent stick-handler, and has a great pass. His ice time was increased last season and he was able to play in all situations. Known more as a set-up guy than a shooter, Bourque is a complimentary player on the man advantage, looking to create rather than finish. Defensively, Bourque relies on positioning and an active stick rather than using his frame to separate a player from the puck, though he can be physical when need be. His role in Rimouski will likely be increased to top-pairing minutes and should prove to be his greatest test to date.

Future

Bourque was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic in 2015-16, making his AHL debut with Canadiens' AHL affiliate St. John's following Rimouski's playoff run. Yet to sign an entry-level contract with Montreal, the 19-year-old is likely to spend one more season in junior hockey. His progress to this point suggests he can be an effective puck mover at the pro level.

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