Not surprised to see O'Byrne dealt.. The Habs couldn't let him sit in the pressbox all season so something had to give.. OB is just another in a long list of Habs draftee's that failed to develop properly here...
I heard that Timmins was really intrigued in Bournival for the Draft... So, he got his man!
Can we think about Bournival like a Louis Leblanc with less offensive instinct?
Yes, Bournival IMO doesn't have top 6 potential but he's an hard working team player that every contending team need/want in their lineup.
I do like this trade, O'byrne is not getting younger and altough he can become valuable when on his game it was definately not going to happen in Montreal.
As for the trade itself it kind of reminds me a bit of last year palushaj vs d'agostini. Both players that had a hard time breaking up the lineup vs younger prospects that have the tools to make it in the big. Let's call it a time machine type of trade (it gives back 3/4 years in developpement and we hope we can get something more valuable in the long run)
For those claiming that Montreal dealt O'Byrne for nothing: not true. Bournival is a solid prospect. Indeed, he was drafted in the early portion of a deep draft, and has had a good start to the season this year, showing significantly more offense.
O'Byrne gets a fresh start with a young team that might be able and willing to give him a longer leash.
Colorado gets a big body defenseman that can add some physicality to a D that's a little undersized and definitely facing a whole slew of injuries.
O'Byrne is strictly a marginal defenseman (if that) and at his age it's starting to look unlikely he'll blossom. Picard ate his lunch, so he wasn't too likely to get playing time in Montreal. The only way he looked good in Montreal is if he was paired with Markov... and then he acted as a lead weight on #79.
I'm actually surprised Montreal got an 18-year-old prospect out of him.