The Montreal Canadiens acquired Michael Bournival in a trade from the Colorado Avalanche. He is a 3rd round draft pick that the Canadiens are proud to have. He continues to prove his worth, by improving his skills and being involved in many tournaments and events all around the hockey world.
Bournival is a tremendous player, one who works hard and fights in the dirty areas for the puck. He works hard every shift and never gives up. He does decent on offensive, but does not have the offensive prowess to make him an elite prospect. He has spent 4 seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes, the team he was drafted by in the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft. The Cataractes took him at 7th overall.
Bournival has improved his point production, and has been very consistent. In his first ever QMJHL season, he scored 11 goals and collected 11 assists in 46 games. The next season is where he improved the most, in the 2009 – 2010 season where he racked up nearly triple his point production. Bournival racked up 28 goals and 34 assists in 58 games. The very next season, he scored 64 points with 2 fewer games played. Bournival only played 41 games in the 2011-2012 season, as he was chosen to be on Team Canada’s roster for the 2012 World Junior Championships. On Team Canada, Bournival was placed in a shutdown line center role, and played very well there. He won a bronze medal with the Canadian squad.
During the 2010-2011 season, Bournival was traded to Montreal for defenseman Ryan O’Byrne. Just yesterday, Bournival won the Memorial Cup, along with Morgan Ellis, another Habs prospect. Bournival has also shown a lot of leadership skills; enough to be named the Cataractes’ captain for the 2011-2012 season. Also in the 2011-2012 season, Bournival signed an entry-level contract with Montreal. Hopefully Bournival can bring his determination and leadership to Hamilton next year, and help the Bulldogs out the best he can.