Draft

2020 NHL Scouting Report: Mavrik Bourque

The NY Rangers currently have a second 1st round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft that will be in the 21-24 range. There are a lot of good targets for the Rangers in that range. None will be Alexis Lafreniere, but the Rangers will land talent given the depth of the draft. The scouting report on Mavrik Bourque is a player that isn’t being talked about as much as others, which is usually right up the Rangers’ alley.

It’s worth noting that I am no draft expert. I did a lot of Googling and Youtubing. You should be checking out sites like Future ConsiderationsElite ProspectsDobber Hockey, and others on Twitter (@SternScouting@ManUtdTobbe@aj_ranger, and I’m sure I missed a bunch).

Offensive Forward With Skills To Back It Up

Bourque, a 5’10”, 180 lb center, put up some great offensive numbers in his draft year in the QMJHL. In 49 games, Bourque had a line of 29-42-71, which was tops on his team despite missing 15 games. He has the skill to back up those numbers as well.

Bourque’s game is highlighted by great skating, puck protection, and strength. These are three critical skills that help Bourque manage with his height. He’s “small” for a forward, but he’s difficult to move off the puck and he protects the puck very well. He’s also able to make quick movements in tight to escape danger and set up an offensive chance.

Like any player with Bourque’s high offensive output, he has a great hockey IQ. His quick hands and quick feet make it easy for him to set up teammates. He does this then gets himself to open space, something he does extraordinarily well.

From the highlights, you can see one of Bourque’s greatest strengths. That is is shot. He’s not a pure sniper like some of the others in the draft, but he is a solid goal scorer. His quick hands help him pull the puck in while teeing up a shot. He has a very quick release, which makes him dangerous when the puck is on his stick.

Defensively, Bourque is very well rounded. You will never see him give up on the play or on the back check, which is rare for a kid his age. His high hockey IQ serves him well on the penalty kill, as he gets into lanes and disrupts the powerplay. He doesn’t have that break away speed that would serve him well to turn those into chances, though. That’s probably the only area that is visibly an area to work on.

Projection

The scouting report on Mavrik Bourque has him safely projecting as a middle-six forward with top-six potential. The concerns about his size are becoming less and less relevant in the new NHL. Plus the skating, strength, and balance compensate for that. Bourque will need some development time, but he’s likely a great guy in the middle six.

Prior Reports: Jan MysakNoel GunlerConnor Zary, Seth Jarvis

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  • I think the Rangers should go after Keegan Kolesar, offer one of our 3rd round picks and a lower level prospect.

    I would sign Carson Soucy if he becomes a UFA.

    Both low cost moves that will help bring size to the team.

    • Huh? Keegan Kolesar? Give up a 3rd round pick and prospect for an unproven 4th liner with questionable upside?

      Me thinks – NO!!!

      You could have me for that price

      • He was a 3rd round pick…scored 20 goals in 18-19, had 18 points in 33 ahl games this year before being called up to the Knights, who have the deepest team in the league.

        I think a 3rd is a worthy gamble on a 6’2 227lbs 23 year old.

        i was throwing in a lower prospect to get them off our 50 contract limit.

  • Always tough to just judge a kid based on some highlights, but I was left feeling a bit “meh”. We already have a lot of middle 6 Centers in the system, we should be drafting to hit a home run — and with some size/power.

    • I actually like his hands and sense, unfortunatelly no video of work in def, but work far from puck looks good IMHO. You never know what you can pick with your late one. Look @Brayden Point

      • Oh he seems fine, just think Dylan Holloway is the guy we should be focused on … so everyone else in the discussion for the 22nd pick is striking me as “meh”.

        • Unfortunately there is a lot of scouts and GMs who are high on Holoway as well. Sorry to burst your bubble tanto but the future power pivot will be long gone by the time Gorton announces his choice with the 22nd pick.

          • Which is why I advocate using assets on moving up to grab the kid. He’s both the best player available and the best fit for this team. We have plenty of prospects, nothing wrong with using some of our draft picks in a package deal for this kid.

  • In my model Bourque ranks 14th, the injury history could scare some teams off so the Rangers can have a shot at 22.

    Rating pencils him in as an average 2nd line C; weight for height is somewhat advanced, so he’ll actually take *less* time to be ready, apparently still growing.

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