Francois Bouchard

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Atlas, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2004
    Messages:
    3,355
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    So how good is this Bouchard kid? He's done everything you could ask from a prospect in the year since he's been drafted. Is he gonna make it to the NHL? If so, what can we expect from him?
     
  2. Freaky Habs Fan

    Freaky Habs Fan Registered User

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,546
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New-Brunswick
    Home Page:
    never saw him play but since he's in the Q, I don't know how to analyse his stats...it's so hard to predict the future of those kind of players who are playing in the Q...

    He's the leading scorer, but he's probably not the best player of the league, or at least, he don't have the best NHL future of all those players...
     
  3. Louiss

    Louiss Registered User

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Messages:
    897
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Home Page:
    He's very talented but he is playing the game in the Q as an offensive floater...

    Sure He is getting points every game but he is not always very effective in his overall game.
     
  4. timmy12

    timmy12 Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2005
    Messages:
    358
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    He doesnt have NHL caliber skating ability
     
  5. Form and Substance

    Form and Substance Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2004
    Messages:
    5,670
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Woah there, not a lot of love for PM Bouchard's kid brother. I'd rather have a guy who was extremely talented than a guy who merely plays a well-rounded game. It's not like Francois has a bad attitude either. So he floats here and there, I'm sure he'll get kicked up the arse at the next level by coaches and teammates. I think he has Marc Savard-ish offensive upside. He's bigger than his bro, though not on the same level vision wise as Pierre-Marc, it's still pretty damn good and has a knack for the net. surround him with 2-way players and he'll come out fine.
     
  6. Langway

    Langway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    25,970
    Likes Received:
    1,016
    Trophy Points:
    169
    All Q qualifiers aside, the knocks on his game coming into the year was a lack of consistency and his play away from the puck. He's been consistent (at one point just recently putting up a 22-game point streak and he's currently leading the league in scoring) and has improved his play away from the puck. It's still not great, so he still needs to improve there and get faster but I've heard that I shouldn't be suprised if he makes the Caps next year.

    Most likely, though, he's another year or two from maturing into an NHL-calibre player. He could use at least a year in Hershey to continue to adapt his game and evolve as a player.
     
  7. CapGoodie

    CapGoodie Registered User

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    1,702
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New Scotland
    I don't have a ton of exposure to FB, but from a handful of games on the tube, one game in person, and the ADT challenge performance (where I would guess he played his worst hockey this season) however....

    I'd disagree with getting on Bouchard for poor play away from the puck. He's not a defense first kinda player but his head is into it and he comes up with timely stick lifts, getting himself in a dangerous passing lanes, etc. More importantly he's pro-thinking offensive player - he doesn't throw a lot of dangerous drop passes, make one too many moves in vulnerable places, etc. In a nutshell, what impresses me most is that he's not racking up that many points by hot-dogging (without any two-way regard the way many Q' scoring champs have done before). Not that he doesn't turn the puck over, but he's not an irresponsible offensive player and many Q' scorers are. Most of what he's accomplished looks very transferable to the NHL IMHO.

    Skating is far from explosive, but still well above average for the Q' itself. He's grown a lot in the past year+ too so in tune with everything else - I expect he'll keep showing a lot of improvement in that area as he gets use to his frame.

    BTW, Bouchard and Hooper (his centre) were both challenging for tops in the 'Q points. Then Bouchard started playing with Breault as his centre and helped pull Breault into the top 30 scorers in the Q' (and he was way down there pre-Bouchard). Meanwhile Hooper kind of stalled without Bouchard, though he seems to have picked it up again (and I'm not certain of who is playing with who right this moment). Obviously I don't see a lot of games so I could be over-generalizing the change in the line-up but that's the situation as it appears to me.

    The only other player in the 'Q forward I'd rather have as a prospect than Bouchard right now is Giroux, and that includes the 07's Espo and Voracek.

    Sadly I don't think we have a lot of English speaking Drakkar fans around to give their day-to-day views on Bouchard.
     
  8. Atlas

    Atlas Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2004
    Messages:
    3,355
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks!:thumbu:
     
  9. The Viking Fury

    The Viking Fury Registered User

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Messages:
    12,650
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    freaking sweet. I think he gets signed this summer, maybe even the 9 games treatment next season
     

Share This Page

monitoring_string = "358c248ada348a047a4b9bb27a146148"