Ah, the fun of being the developmental affiliate.
Yesterday it was Ryan Ellis. Today it’s Gabriel Bourque getting the recall, and he may make his debut tomorrow night against the Minnesota Wild.
I’ve been away from the Internet for most of the day, so the news probably has made the rounds already… but Dave Boehler’s blog is where I saw it first, so I’ll credit him!
I’m very excited to see Bourque get the chance. My hope is that he’ll have some nice linemates to play with, and he’ll actually be on the ice for more than 3:42.
Will Bourque be missed here? Absolutely. Recently playing on a line with Mark Van Guilder and Ryan Flynn, Bourque added an element of speed to go along with the other blue collars on that line. And he hasn’t been one to shy away from making a hit either.
While playing well overall recently, he hadn’t been on the scoresheet much before last night’s 3-assist affair. He had just a goal and an assist in his previous 8 games. But we all remember what an amazing second half and post-season he had last year, leading the way with five goals in the opening series against the Texas Stars. And perhaps the biggest goal of his career, he scored the game-tying goal with five seconds left in regulation of game 5 in Texas. The Admirals went on to win that one on a Ryan Thang score in OT.
Best of luck to Gabriel…hope he puts on a good show at the big show.
We’ll see if Joel Champagne will be ready to go to reclaim his spot on the Van Flynder line. If he’s not, who would you like to see on the wing?