Gabriel Bourque
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Gabriel Bourque


Rimouski Quebec

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5th round (132nd overall), 2009


200 lbs.

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2008-09: In his second QMJHL season with Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Gabriel Bourque skated in 60 games and scored 22 goals, 39 assists for 61 points. He also added 82 PIMs during the season. In 5 playoff games, Bourque scored 2 assists with 16 PIMs.

2009-10: Bourque played 30 games for Baie-Comeau Drakkar, scoring 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points. He was traded to the contending Moncton Wildcats, where he skated in 25 games with only 3 goals and 11 assists for 14 points during the regular season. The trade paid off for the Wildcats in the playoffs, however, with Bourque scoring 19 goals and 10 assists for 29 points in 21 games. For his role in helping Moncton to the QMJHL championship, Bourque was awarded the Guy Lafleur Trophey as playoff MVP. He was held off the scoresheet in 3 Memorial Cup games, but had a strong showing earlier in the year on a big stage with Canada's U20 team. In 6 games, Bourque scored 3 goals, 6 assists for 9 points en route to a silver medal.

2010-11: Bourque showed steady improvement in his first pro season and was the leading scorer for the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL playoffs. Bourque skated in 78 of 80 games during the regular season as the Admirals finished first in the West Division. He scored 18 goals with 18 assists and was +10 with 19 PMs. Five of his 18 goals were scored on the power play. Bourque scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was +7 with 4 PMs in 13 playoff games as the Admirals reached the second round.

2011-12: Bourque made his NHL debut  with the Predators on December 28th and steadily established himself as regular in the Nashville lineup – skating in 43 regular season games and all 10 playoff games. Playing mostly in a checking line role during the season, he finished with 7 goals and 12 assists and was minus-two with 6 penalty minutes; averaging just under 13 minutes of ice time per game. Bourque was the Predators' third-leading scorer in the playoffs, scoring two goals, including the game-winnner, against Detroit in the series opener, and finishing with 3 goals and two assists, with an even plus/minus and 4 penalty minutes. In 25 games with AHL Milwaukee prior to his call-up, Bourque scored 2 goals with 14 assists and was an even plus/minus with 23 penalty minutes.


Talent Analysis

Willing to take the punishment to make a play, Bourque takes a lot of hits and at 5'9 and 180 pounds; he doesn't have the largest frame to absorb that punishment.  A speedy forward with some offensive creativity, Bourque's size makes him easy to move from in front of the net, but he's still determined to fight his way through. As is often the case with smaller players, the main question is this: how effective will he be as the defenders get bigger and stronger?



Bourque will start his third year at the AHL level in Milwaukee but will mostly likely return to Nashville, should the NHL lockout end. He had a successful finish last season in the playoffs with the Predators and needs to follow it up this season by becoming a full-time NHL player.



Bourque, Josi, Ellis among standouts for Nashville Predators prospect awards

by Eugene Oliker

Photo: Chase Balisy is coming off a strong season with Western Michigan, where he managed 13 goals and 24 assists in 41 games. (Patrick S Blood/Icon SMI)


At the trade deadline, the Nashville Predators traded away their first round pick in 2012 as well as their second round picks in 2012 and 2013. While it may seem like they gave up a lot of future assets, they did so with the knowledge that many of their top prospects are gradually meeting their potential. The inaugural edition of the HF Prospect Awards is a testament to this notion as many of the recipients have seen time this season in the NHL.

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