Friday, September 07, 2007

C-Bo Ready To Go; Bouchard Could Make The Team

A couple of pre-camp notes on this Friday morning, beginning with the Washington Times' Corey Masisak taking a look at Rink fave Chris Bourque, one of the early arrivals to camp (he's here for full - not rookie - camp), who knows that "this year is a big year for [him]" as he looks to keep progressing after an eye-opening 25-goal sophomore campaign in Hershey.

And north of the border, a number of QMJHL GMs are wondering whether they might lose their best players to the NHL, and they've presumably got that concern in B-C:
Baie-Comeau’s Francois Bouchard is in very much the same situation [as Flyer prospect Claude Giroux]. He was actually a second-round pick in 2006 but improved exponentially last season with the Drakkar and ended up winning the QMJHL scoring title. If the Washington Capitals decide he is better than the grinders they have pegged for their third and fourth lines, Bouchard might get a shot.
While that shot is certainly a long one (and I'm not sure a skill player like Bouchard fits in with the third or fourth lines the Caps are assembling), one wonders how much another year of dominating the Q as a 19-year-old would help Bouchard's development.

4 comments:

Tyler said...

Yeah, there needs to be a change in the system. Let the 19s go to the AHL or to Europe.

thedope said...

Didn't see if you've already referenced this, but here is an article from the Calgary Sun talking about Seabrook and Alzner's time with the Hitmen.

thedope said...

oops - just saw link should've known you'd be on top of it...

Anonymous said...

ive said it before,
bouchard>flash+klepis(maybe even fehr)