After an impressive performance in Tuesday's scrimmage, it's evident that Chris Bourque's stock is at an all time high within the organization. Brickley, Julien, and Kelly all speak to his skill set and potential in this video, and Peter Chiarelli stated on Toucher and Rich Wednesday morning that there is a good chance Bourque could find a "permanent home" on the Bruins third line this season. It will be interesting to see if the 26 year old winger will make the most of this opportunity and become a real contributor.
While on the program, Chiarelli spoke to Bourque's abilities and the potential impact he could have on the power play (Quote from CBSLocal.com): "He's a gritty kid that can shoot the puck. His knock is in size and skating, but he played well last night and has played well in practice. He has some left shot skill. That one year we got (Mark) Recchi, we added some left shot skill and it really opens up the right side of the offensive zone on the power play."
It’s been a long, interesting road for Bourque, who was selected by the Capitals with the 33rd overall pick in the 2004 draft. He saw his first NHL action in 2007, but was quickly reassigned to the minor leagues. After being placed on waivers by the Capitals, Bourque was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in September of 2009. He then bounced around from league to league; including another brief stint with the Capitals, another with Atlant Moscow Oblast, Swiss Hockey team HC Luongo, and then back to the Capitals minor league system once again for the 2011-12 season. It was at the end of that season that Bourque made his way to his Dad’s former team in a trade. Bourque was never satisfied with the chance he was given in his previous big league call-ups: "It's tough when your playing 8 minutes tops and not given that much of a chance to produce offensivley." (Quote from Boston.com)
Right now is the best opportunity Bourque has ever had to be an impactful NHL player. In a shortened season where the B's will need role players to step up, Bourque looks like he is off to a great start.