Assuming he never left in FA or anything, I'd speculate that his presence would have prevented MG from going after Ballard, but probably he would have still tried to land Hamhuis, so possibly top 4, or a respectable 5th.
He had amazing physical tools. Needed to develop better habits in his own end, but if he made the transition, he'd easily have been a top 4 dman. Interesting to note that his partner in the Q, Letang, has become a premier dman. I wonder if Luc would have become Vinny to Letang's Richards.
I always though he would of turned out to be as good as Edler offensively better defensively but less physical. But i could be out to lunch. He hadent yet reached his full potential though that was clear.
Pretty pointless making a lineup with 4 years of roster decisions (instead of 4.5) and just throwing Bourdon in there.
The Canucks have made a concerted effort to get more mobile on the blue line since a couple of years after Bourdon's death, maybe they don't trade for Keith Ballard (or maybe they do and sit out UFA that year, passing on Dan Hamhuis) because they've got Bourdon in the fold. He'll maybe they don't even go in that direction because they can pair speedy guys up with slower players like Mitchell and Ohlund.
Maybe they pass on Christian Ehrhoff.
Maybe they dangled one of Bourdon or Edler for a young forward back when we were desperate for talent upfront.. Deal a defenseman for a legit forward instead of taking a shot on say, Steve Bernier.