What kind of player are you suggesting Bournival is? He projects as a third liner, but wouldn't be out of place on a fourth line which isn't based on gooning. If it's a hard-working, forechecking, cycling fourth line, then that's his game.
Bournival would be great on the third line since he would be a great forechecker and a hard worker.
Putting Bournival on the 4th would be a waste. We went through that for the last several years where we had a mish-mash of various players on the 4th line. The Habs need a traditional 4th line. Players who can play and not hurt the team for 5-6 minutes per game but also be ready to drop the gloves and create some energy if needed.
I dont see Bournival being up to that task. The 4th line needs Staubitz, White, Moen, Konopka, Prust for example.
I am hoping and praying that with Therrien as head coach, the days of a soft "oh by the way you are on the 4th line tonight" strategy is dead and buried.
Of course you have to imply that the prospects will develop to a certain level... So I'll take a few seconds to say how I see the following prospects developing in this scenario (3-4 years away or smtg).
Galchenyuk: In time, I think he'll become the 1st line center for habs. Not convinced he'll be the prototypical 1st liner scoring a ton of points, but I still think he will rank slightly higher on our depth chart than Pleks, Eller and DD.
Collberg: Good offensive player. At this point in his career, he should be a rookie or 2nd year NHL player. He may be starting to come into his own, but will not have reached his top potential yet.
Erik Cole: I think by the time this scenario happens, Cole will either have left or his play won't be as effective as it is today. I still think that he will be a fine top 6/9 option.
Gallagher: Unlike some of you, I'm not sold on his NHL potential yet. So I leave him off this prediction.
Kristo: Seems to have a skillset like Collberg. Could push for NHL time or already be established... who knows.
Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - UFA
Leblanc - Plekanec - Cole
Desharnais - Eller - Collberg
Bournival - White - Schultz (tons of options for this line of course)
Perhaps Geoffrion finds his role and slots in there somewhere...
Lots of schuffling is possible here. It's actually unlikely that Diaz would be 7th dman. IMO he either keeps on improving and finds a spot in the regular formation before 3-4 years or leaves the organization. I leave him here though because I think there is a possibility he will still be in the mix in a few years.
EDIT: What is really interesting with this lineup though is that IMO, Hamilton will be loaded by that time. There should be a lot of players knocking on the door to the NHL.
A lot of people here forgot to mention David Desharnais. I think he deserve a place in the top 2 line.
Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - Gallagher (Dynamic and Hard working line)
Eller - Desharnais - Cole (Creative line)
Leblanc - Bournival - Colberg (Hardworking line, with a good overall offense potential)
White - Dumont - Quailer/Schultz (Hard working guys and toughness)
Subban - Gorges (Vets and leaders)
Emelin - Beaulieu ( Offensive and tough pair)
Tinordi - Ellis (Shutdown specialist)
I know it's probably way off but it's a bit of a hybrid between the future and now. Cole could still be good, Markov could come back at 100%, and we could see some newly drafted guys pushing up in the rankings, like Collberg.
If this is the lineup in 2 to 5 years from now, Geoff Molson should fire Bergevin as this means he will sit on his ass and won't do any trade.
Chances that this is the lineup in 2-5 years are very slim. Some of these guys will bust , others will be traded , UFAs will be signed ect ect ect
Not to mention the landscape of the prospect pool may constantly change as well. Let's say we suck again this year and land McKinnon and draft early in every rounds this is going to change the whole dynamic again. Thats just an exemple but you get my drift
Ah yes! The annual ''lets put every prospect we just drafted in the lineup, as if they would all reach their potential!''
While Galchenyuk is a sure fire NHLer and should be a first or second line center in 3-4 years its not very realistic to assume Thrower, Bozon and Collberg are all going to be in the lineup then. The OP throws away Desharnais to make place for Collberg but theres no telling he's even going to be better. 60+ point players don't grow on trees.