Re: After 16 games Hamill was sent back down. Favoritism for Chris Bourque ?
posted at 3/1/2013 11:29 AM EST
In response to gord11's comment:
I think people should get past this assumption, that Bourque is around for the name on the back of his sweater. He is earning his spot. And anyone who's watched Julien these past years knows he would never give a player ice time he didint earn or deserve (coaches yell at players - the one give-away came at the end of a 2 minute shift, when his power play unit was caught out there for way too long). Bourque requires a little more patience (the same patience afforded players whose last names aren't Bourque)
The entire point of SanDogs post was that Bourque has been on the recieving end of more patience than CJ has ever given a rookie player, not by us on here at BDC. Anyone who watched the rookie seasons of Seguin and Marchand (when he was first called up) knows this.
I see good things in his game - a smart, speedy, fearless (and obviously versatile, playing the point on the PP) player worthy of the extra responsibilities Julien is giving him and certainly a player hinting at more promise than his right wing partner Rich Peverley. (see: reincarnation of PJ Axelsson)
He does have some promise to his game-he would not be in the NHL without some-his positives, while workable in the AHL, have not worked so far with the B's. Again, look at the original post. The numbers do not back up a "player worthy of extra responsibilities, and certainly not at the expense of the likes of Seguin (you know, the B's leading scorer last season). There is a huge difference between promise and outcome.
Look, the Bruins have 31 games in 53 days (or something like that) coming up. There are going to be injuries and call-ups, pick-ups and/or trades. The Bruins are going to need all the depth they can get and my hunch is that Bourque's value to Coach Julien and the Bruins is going to become more and more apparent.
I hope you are right. Right now his only real value is that he works for minimum wage.
Besides The Bruins are winning and look, frankly...amazing doing it, strong, more machine-like than any edition of the Bruins I've ever seen. And If we know anything we know that Julien doesn't fix what isn't broken.
But PC does....especially if he smells a cup and can further improve the club. Ex....picking up Kelly and Peverley in 2011.
Just some counterpoints to think about.