O'Byrne/Bournival trade revisited
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11-12-2010, 08:55 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Great article on who's MichaŽl Bournival:
The scene took place a few weeks ago, an hour after a game in Lewiston. Cataractes had just won a huge game over Lewiston and Eric Veilleux stopped the bus at a convenience store, giving permission to his players to buy some treats for the return trip. The guys came back on the bus with bags of Doritos, cheese sticks, cakes and other forbidden things under normal circumstances. As for Michael Bournival, he bought himself a bag of peanuts! When he entered the bus, Bournival was offered a juicy slice of pizza by a staff member, rewarding him for his first star. He said "No thank you ... I don't really like that ..."
It illustrates the kind of person that the Canadiens traded for. He is dedicated to his career, Bournival. This is why Eric Veilleux has made him captain at 18, he inherited the nickname of Metronome in Mauricie. He always has the pedal to the floor, either on the ice, in the gym or at school. The kind of guy who, early in the season, finished first in all the physical tests of his junior team, but one, coming back on top of every category a few months later . The kind of guy who, for the NHL physical tests, finished first for push ups and sixth at the bench press.
Since the beginning of the season, three scouts from different teams have told me they were surprised that Bournival had slipped in the third round. All three had highly recommended him to their bosses and believed that he would be taken in the second round.
Since he was traded to the Canadiens earlier today, supporters of the Canadiens who have never seen him play looking for a comparison in the NHL. Martin Gelinas was discussed. Personally, I prefer comparing him to Alex Burrows. Not the pest Burrows, but the one who always play has been playing with intensity with the Sedin brothers for two years. Bournival does not have the greatest vision of the game, but he works like crazy in all three areas. He goes directly to the net and he gives as much hits that he receives along the boards. Nice speed, precise and solid shooting and as aggressive on the road as home.
In a few years he will skate at the Bell Centre, for sure.
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