Thread: Confirmed with Link: Habs sign Bournival to a three-year contract
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12-23-2011, 12:16 PM
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Grant McCagg
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Bournival has the tools to become a solid two-way center on a good team. Who's to definitively say he won't be able to develop into a second-line center even at some point either...15 goals in 16 games provides an inkling into his offensive capabilities as well. He has come a long way since his draft year...there's been a significant improvement in his game, and from a scout's perspective that bodes well for his future. It's evident that he's put in hard work, and that's is extremely important in the development of a young player. If that improvement curve continues, I would not be shocked to see him develop into a 20-25 goal, 50-60 point two-way center with grit and tenacity by the time he's 24 or 25. In today's NHL that's a solid second liner folks...the Habs'll be lucky to get that from their first-line center this season.

I certainly see the potential for a third-line center at worst. That position is one of the eight most important positions on a hockey team...to get a 18-year-old prospect with that potential for a 26-year-old 6th defenceman is a steal.

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