Thread: Player Discussion: O'Byrne/Bournival trade revisited
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09-25-2013, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Draft View Post
Excited for Bournival and Leblanc in our middle six in the next couple of years. These are the type of guys you hate to play against.

Decent offensively, gritty, intelligent, good character, excellent defensive awareness and ability, and homegrown to boot!
I'm assuming you are saying Leblanc is a center but he's always been on the wing in Hamilton. Also I don't think either are the type of guys you hate to play against.

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Originally Posted by JAVO16 View Post
Anybody else see some Plekanec type potential in Bournival ?
I don't

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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
I don't think anyone could have predicted a year ago just how much his skating would improve, and that has made by far the biggest difference in his game. At the time of the trade (November of 2010) you would have known his draft position but next to nothing about what it is that's helping him succeed right now other than having been captain of Shawinigan for about a month or so at that point. Even by the end of that season there were questions about whether he had already started to plateau because of his junior numbers.
I never noticed any problems with his skating in the past, so it looks the same to me. He's more involved physically though, which has really stood out to me.

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Originally Posted by dackelljuneaubulis02 View Post
I do. I thought that last year but didn't think he had the offense. It's hard to project Bournival's potential right now but a Plek lite would be amazing but not so far fetched. Possibly more.

People need to remember that no one expected much from Plekanec when he was with the Dogs. Solid 3rd liner who could maybe add 15 goals.
Pleks was outstanding on the Dogs, by his 2nd season he was the best player on the team.

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The way people are going on it's like Bournival has somehow proven to be a capable NHLer. The jury is still out, a few pre-season games isn't going to change anything.
I remember when Jan Bulis led the league in scoring during one preseason, good times. I don't put any stock into pre-season so it will be interesting to see what kind of season Bournival has as I thought he didn't look very good last season so hopefully he bounces back this year.

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Originally Posted by JAVO16 View Post
I didn't really follow hockey closely enough when Plekanec played for the Bulldogs and first got called up to the NHL, so I was wondering if people, who can remember Plekanec as the player he was then, could comment on the similarities/differences. Did Plekanec already have that finesse and confidence with his puck handling ? I can see that they are both defensively aware and can create scoring chances with speed and good positioning thanks to good hockey sense. Also, from what I can interpret from the statistic, Plekanec seemed to join the Bulldogs when they were a very strong team and managed to produce very well as a 20 y.o. and then lead the team in scoring the next year on yet another strong bulldog squad. By contrast, Bournival seemed to play well on a weak Bulldog squad last year and will be given a prominent role on the team this year if he gets sent down. Basically, I'm wondering if he might not develop in a similar way to Plekanec and surprisingly become a viable top-6 option with excellent defensive abilities.
Pleks was a huge part of the success of Balej during his 2nd season in North America, he was setting him up left and right. I wouldn't say Bournival played well, he struggled for long streches to produce.

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