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10-22-2012, 08:38 PM
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I think he remains a Darren Helm-esque top-end third line player for his entire career. His role and performance is defined by speed, hustle, and tenacity and I think he is perfect for the third line. He's not bad with the puck necessarily, but I just don't see him developing hands like Erat in the next few years. I am very high on him overall, but I think he's a third liner, and to me, there is nothing wrong with that.
We didn't expect Erat to develop so well either after his first season either, and that was in comparison to a Preds team with much lower skill level. Bourque has a lot more skill than he has shown on the NHL level so far since his role currently is third line, he is expected to be more speed, hustle, forecheck guy. But his skill level is definitely there, enough to play on Canada's jr team with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Brayden Schenn.
Now I'm not saying he'll be a first line stud, but definitely see him as a solid option on the second line down the road.
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