Alan Sullivan/Providence Bruins
Last May, the Boston Bruins traded former first round pick Zach Hamill to the Washington Capitals for Chris Bourque. The son of former Bruins captain and Hall-of-Famer Ray Bourque has torched the American Hockey League for several years now, but has failed to find steady work in the big leagues.
The 26-year-old Bourque was once considered a top prospect in the Capitals' system. He was drafted 33rd overall in 2004, before spending one impressive season at Boston University.
Though his freshman season was highlighted by a Beanpot-winning overtime goal at Boston's TD Garden, he opted to forego his final three years on Commonwealth Ave. His goal will now be to return to the arena where he made his name, this time as a Bruin rather than a Terrier.
In seven AHL seasons before coming to Providence, Bourque has compiled an impressive total of 431 points in just 422 games. Last season he led the league in points with 93, while playing with the Hershey Bears.
He is also a three-time Calder Cup champion with the Bears, claiming the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP in 2010.
Bourque is off to a strong start in Providence, ranking second on the team in points through 11 games. He has been one of the P-Bruins' primary set-up men with six assists and has fired off a team-leading 32 shots.
Unfortunately for Bourque, he seems to lack his father's trademark accuracy. He only has one goal to show for all of those shots. He will need to raise his abysmal 3.1 shooting percentage before receiving an invite to Boston.
Bourque's slight dip in production is reasonable, considering the fact that Providence lacks the excellent supporting cast which he was afforded in Hershey. However, he has looked strong during the P-Bruins' slow start and should only get better as he settles in Rhode Island.