I noticed that Rene Bourque has signed with Chicago. Anyone have any info on Bourque? Style of play, potential as a pro?
Good pick up by the 'Hawks. Was wondering when some NHL team was going to take notice.
About Rene: He led the Badgers in scoring the last two seasons. He's in the pure goal scorer mode. Excellent skater, great set of hands. He moves well through traffic and has good vision. He could stand to be a bit more physical and his defensive game could use some improvement.
What will determine Bourque's effectiveness will be who his linemates are. This past season, he played a good deal of the season with Ryan MacMurchy and Andrew Joudrey. Joudrey centered the Badgers' top line and was crucial in getting Rene set up for those goals. If the 'Hawks can pair Bourque up with someone who can get him the puck, he'll be fine.
Watched Bourque a whole lot during the past season as a Badger. Pretty good player, and quite a leader. As Oilers Chick said, he did lead our team in scoring the past two seasons. Never got recognized because of his age, I think he'll be fine as a Minor Leaguer. He is a scorer, as he can dish and shoot.