The Nashville Predators have recalled forward Gabriel Bourque from his long-term injury loan with the Milwaukee Admirals. He should be rejoining the Predators ahead of their game tomorrow night in Montreal.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (February 21, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has recalled forward Gabriel Bourque from his Long-Term Injury Loan with Milwaukee (AHL). Bourque will remain on Nashville’s Injured Reserve list.
Bourque, 25 (9/23/90), appeared in two games for the Admirals during his AHL stint, his first games for the club since the 2012-13 season. The Rimouski, Quebec, native has missed the Predators last 37 games after leaving the team’s Nov. 27 game at Philadelphia with an upper-body injury. In 22 NHL games in 2015-16, he has four points (1g-3a).
The Nashville Predators commence a three-game road trip on Monday night when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre (6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Tennessee; Radio:102.5 The Game). The club plays Toronto on Tuesday (6:30 p.m. CT) and wraps up the trip Thursday night against Chicago (7 p.m. CT). Nashville returns to Bridgestone Arena to play the St. Louis Blues next Saturday in a special 2 p.m. start time game, where fans can take advantage of the McDonald’s Family Four Pack. Starting at just $129, fans can receive four upper-level tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsi products and four McDonald’s specialty items. For more information visit NashvillePredators.com.
The conditions of Bourque’s loan dictated that he could play up to three-games or no longer than six-days with the Admirals. Bourque only played two games for the Admirals while on loan. Both of those games ended in 4-1 losses for the Admirals with the forward not getting on the score sheet.
What I noticed in Bourque’s two-game loan spell with the Admirals was that his game definitely progressed to a higher gear in the second game. His speed was much more noticeable. He played a great checking style game and never seemed to slow down physically. He also contributed rather nicely in both games on the Admirals power-play. He logged his share of ice time. He possibly could have used that last game of his loan spell to get all the rust off of him but perhaps the traveling associated with a game today in Milwaukee and a game tomorrow in Montreal dictated it just be best to have him 100% game ready for the Predators.
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