On The Roster: Gabriel Bourque

The Nashville Predators need to get production from their younger players. Gabriel Bourque was drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He signed a three-year entry level contract on April 15, 2010.  

Bourque first broke in to the NHL during the 2011-2012 season. In 43 games Bourque scored 7 goals, and finished with 19 points. Last year during the lock-out shortened season; Gabriel played 34 games in Nashville scoring 11 goals, and putting up only 16 points. The left winger has been back and forth between Nashville and the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL). For his NHL career Bourque has played in 77 games and only has 35 points.  It seems to me that if Bourque wants to remain a Predator he needs to crank up the production.  The 23 year old is entering the point in a hockey player’s career when it becomes clear if he has what it takes to play in the league.

I will not call him a bust, because he was a 5th round pick, and has some success, but with the numbers of forwards in Nashville he could be on the short list of players that don’t make the cut.

Why he will stay in Nashville

  • Ranked second on the team in goals (11) 2012-2013. Bourque missed 12 games due to injury.
  • Bourque was fourth in the NHL in shooting percentage among players with at least 10 goals (22.0 percent).
  • Tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (+6) last year.
  • Worth the money. His cap hit is only $775,000. Resigning him should not be too expensive.

Why he will not stay in Nashville

  • The numbers game. Just too many forwards in the organization.
  • Needs more production
  • Doesn’t seem to fit an enforcer role, and not a 25 goal scorer.
  • Size does matter, and the Predators have drafted small forwards. There are 8 forwards under 6 feet in the system.
  • He could draw some trade interest if packaged correctly.

I think that Gabriel will remain a Predator, but let’s be honest unless something changes we are looking at a good third line player. If he can have that much needed break out season we could see Bourque in a Nashville jersey for another three years.  What do you think?



Tags: Gabriel Bourque Nashville Predators

  • HockeyMoose

    This is a joke right?

  • HockeyMoose

    No seriously… You are joking about Bourque not performing right? This is at best a laugh and at worst, someone who has never watched a Preds game since he joined the team.

  • BullMoose

    Annnnd this proves how out of touch you are with the Nashville Predators. What a joke.

  • Nunya

    What do I think? I think you know absolutely nothing about the Preds. Have you ever seen a game in person? Especially one with Bourque in the lineup? I don’t think you have or you’d know how ridiculous and out of touch this “article” is.

  • HockeyMoose

    It might be time to end this whole “writing about a team you never watch” experiment. I’m sure it’s been fun while it lasted. But, you say a guy who missed 1/4 of the season, came in 2nd on goals, and is a league leader in shots- “Needs more production”.

    Try watching a game. Or doing research. Or Both. Don’t just look at a roster and make up your own assessment.

  • guest

    “The left winger has been back and forth between Nashville and the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL). ”


  • Hockeyfan24

    And in a few hours, there will be another post about how Ryan Miller should be the team USA goalie.. Doesn’t the Sabres page have a spot where you could write?

    • http://www.predlines.com/ Patrick Helper

      That post will not happen, because its not true.

      • HockeyMoose

        USA Hockey Brings Players To Arlington, Va
        Aug 26th, 2013 at 9:42 am by Patrick Helper

        Goaltending: Who will man the net? This year there will be a battle for starting goaltender. There are big names fighting for the honor of being the starting goaltender in Sochi. ( Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard, Cory Schneider and Craig Anderson,) Returning starting goalie Ryan Miller will be in Virginia this week. Any of these five could take charge, but I think Miller may have the edge based on his performance in 2010.

      • Hockeyfan24

        I agree that Miller wont make starting goaltender though. He clearly can not fit in an enforcer role as seen during the Leafs game.

        • Patrick Helper

          No Miller can not fight. I never said I will not be watching the games. Also I do have three Staff writers that are in the Nashville are and will be watching and attending games.

  • RlyRlyBigMan

    I might point out that Bourque was leading the team in goals when he was shut down from injury. Also that he’s the best forechecker that we have, which is starting to turn into PK minutes for him as well. And I think you’re giving up pretty damn early on a guy who has less than a full season under his belt. Also that you’re stupid and you should probably stop writing things like this.

    • http://www.predlines.com/ Patrick Helper

      You may voice you thoughts all you wan . BUT If you continue to post this kind of stuff “Also that you’re stupid and you should probably stop writing things like this.”you will not be welcome to comment.

  • http://www.predlines.com/ Patrick Helper

    Let me clear some things up.

    1. This was a numbers based post
    2.Bourque is a very hard working player. But that does not make him a star yet.

    3. He is young and still needs to prove him self. A full season should help with that.
    4. I would be willing to trade almost any player to have a better team.

    Thanks for reading.

  • slip

    Looking forward to your article on hockey pucks:

    – Pretty black
    – Hard

    – Not quite black enough
    – Needs to be harder

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