Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 8/7/12

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)
Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images Last season, aside from the emergence of Craig Smith, another Predator gained a ton of respect and gratitude from the Predator fanbase and played his way into top line minutes under Coach Trotz’ direction: Gabriel Bourque. The 5′ 10″, 192 pounder from Quebec had a brilliant season where he put up 19 points in 43 games with an unbelieveable 6 PIM. In these contests he managed a -2 while playing primarily on the third and fourth lines. The talent around Gabriel Bourque on the third line included Craig Smith and Matt Halischuk for many of the games and each of these players attained solid numbers while scoring timely goals in the process. Bourque was on display even more in the playoffs tying Legwand and Andrei Kostitsyn for most goals. He also notched two assists which put him second in playoff scoring, a Joel Ward-like surprise in production. The speed of Gabriel Bourque is probably he finest asset. He cuts down the ice with such quicknes...
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