With the 46th overall pick in the 2nd round, the Wild select Raphael Bussieres
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06-24-2012, 12:35 PM
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Location: Nova Scotia
This is definitely an interesting one.
I talked about it in some of my articles, but Bussieres had a red hot first half until an injury hit before the Canada/Russia series. He came back and after a few weeks, it just seemed like the wheels fell off for both him and Baie-Comeau.
His second half was pretty atrocious, again an injury in there too.
Baie-Comeau fired their coach right before the playoffs and the whole team seemed to respond to that, including Bussieres who turned it around for the playoffs (but also served a suspension in the playoffs and missed some games).
There's some inconsistency and discipline issues there. Needs to understand how to play with an edge without crossing that line. A lot of that growth will dictate what kind of player he is going to be. At the junior level, he's definitely more valuable to Baie-Comeau on the ice than he is in the penalty box.
As mentioned, the Drakkar have a new coach for next season. Bussieres will be an interesting one to watch to see how he responds. The biggest question I have about him is whether or not he'll ever just "figure it out".
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