Hey guys, I was wondering just how PM Bouchard has looked this season. I have to admit that he's had a less than overwhelming first couple of years in the league so his production this season has surprised me somewhat. What areas does he still need to grow in and what kind of player do you project him to be?
PPG would be stretching it imo. More like the 60 pt season he's had this year, heavy on the assists too. If he's going to hit PPG, the Wild will have to improve a ton on the offensive side of the game.
How is he going to reach 80+pts? He won't do it by scoring goals. So your talking 60+ assists on the Wild. The Wild won't be adding a ton of proven talent next year via UFA. Chances are your going to see more young guys that will be learning (and struggling) on the job like O'Sullivan and Pouiliot then the Wild signing some top UFA like Savard.
This is not a dig on the guy, it takes more then Rolston, Gaborik, and Bouchard to put goals on the board. Rolston and Gaborik are barely doing a ppg only because they can actually score goals.
Another season with 15-20 goals and 40-45 assists with a more consistent season would be another sucessful season for him.
The kid's what... 22 years old, playing in his first full NHL season? I don't understand why anyone would assume he's already pretty much maxed out on his goalscoring. Of course he's going to get better. He's easily got PPG talent, and if he doesn't make it next year, it won't be long before he does.
this kid will just keep gettign better there is no doubt about this.... i am sooo excited abotu the wild in the next two years shud be such a strong team a littel weak on defense but lemaire will just teach defense... I AM more of a fan now then ever except when the had their playoffs
I am among the hopeful who believe that PMB will blossom into a PPG player. As the season has progressed he's become a better player in my opinion. What DR needs to add to complement him is a someone who's willing to go the the front of the net and has the ability to score garbage goals. Currently, we don't have that player. If we pick up someone like Mark Parrish or a younger version of Dave Andreychuk who specializes in goal-mouth goals, PMB will know that he'll get more assists shooting. Right now, PMB knows that there's nobody in the crease ... so why dump it on goal?
The reason I believe he's a PPG guy is his vision of the ice. He sees the ice really well ... as good as an experienced vet playmaker. Combine that with no goal-mouth DOG to dig for rebounds and the players who he was supposed to set up (Dupuis, Daigle, Wanvig and Chouinard) had crap seasons, 60 points is impressive.
Let's see what he can do playing with players he can set up ...
If we pick up someone like Mark Parrish or a younger version of Dave Andreychuk who specializes in goal-mouth goals, PMB will know that he'll get more assists shooting. Right now, PMB knows that there's nobody in the crease ... so why dump it on goal?
Exactly, although I will say he hasn't been tooo shy throwing the puck at the net lately. It seems like defenders are wanting to body him up for some reason...maybe due to his size and when he circles and dumps that knuckling backhander at the goaltenders, he has been catching them off-guard. It's a tough enough shot to defend when a big guy in the slot does it but when a shifty little guy comes off the boards and does it with a 220 pound defenseman on his back and changes speeds of the shot effectively, it can be hoo-haa to stop.