Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 8/28/13

MONTREAL,QC - JUNE 27: Gabriel Bourque poses for a portrait after being drafted by the Nashville Predators during the second day of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Leading the team in goals up until his late-season injury last year, will Gabriel Bourque bounce back and help revive Nashville’s offense? Gabriel Bourque was one of the few notably bright spots for the Nashville Predators in a disastrous year. That is, until he was injured rolling into the final month of the regular season. Nashville had already been reeling from a March that saw them slide towards the bottom of the NHL with a monthly record of 5-6-2, yet the injury to Bourque could have possibly been one of the larger nails in the coffin. Already situated at the top of Nashville’s goal-scoring column with 11 goals heading into April, Bourque’s season was cut short due to a shoulder injury sustained April 1st against the Chicago Blackhawks. There’s no telling how well Bourque could have done in the final 12 games of the season with the hodgepodge of replacements on the lineup, yet his offensive abilities make him one of the early candidates to lead the Predators in scoring this se...
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