Mavrik Bourque is a lanky center who moves the puck well and is able to put up decent points. He isn’t necessarily the biggest body, at 5’10, 165 pounds, but he has a good shot and is able to find openings, which is a trait that could quickly turn into a great asset on the West Side.
Bourque put up 29 goals and 42 assists with the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes, a decent season by major junior marks. His previous season with Shawinigan, his rookie campaign, was also prominent, putting up 25 goals and 29 assists, a fine effort for a first-year player. The latest draft projections have him as the 22nd best North American skater.
A decent scoring skater could fit right up the Hawks alley. As we’ve seen in their playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, lighting the lamp has not been Chicago’s forte the past couple seasons, even with all the talent they have on paper.
The search for a permanent second-line center for Chicago has been well documented. While they’ve had temporary solutions, Dylan Strome and Brandon Saad have never been overly consistent. Perhaps Bourque could end up being the answer to their problems.