With the 46th overall pick in the 2nd round, the Wild select Raphael Bussieres
For Raphael Bussieres and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, the 2011-12 season seemed to come in three parts. One of the top teams in the league during the first half of the year, the Drakkar were buoyed by Bussieres scoring at a torrid pace. But in the second half, both the Drakkar and Bussieres cooled off until just days before the start of the post season, the team opted to make a coaching change. The gamble paid off with Baie-Comeau upsetting Victoriaville in the first round and Bussieres rediscovering his offensive touch.
In total, Bussieres finished the year with 21 goals and 44 points in 56 games. But, as mentioned, 37 of those points came before January 1st. In the post season, he saw action in five games and tallied three goals and eight points over that period of time.
Bussières answered the bell and went toe-to-toe with Matthew Dumba at the CHL’s Top Prospects Game after his Team Orr linemate Radek Faksa was sent flying by the Red Deer Rebel defenseman. It was a move that showed he is more than willing to do what it takes to win, and it came from a kid who had missed time this season due to a concussion.