Under the stewardship of Marc Bergevin as GM and Michel Therrien as head coach, the Montreal Canadiens have been lead in a big way by young players who have stepped up and risen to the challenge. Established young guns like Carey Price and P.K. Subban, along with Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk have all played a major role in the good start to the 2013-14 season.
In addition to those young players, we can now add 21-year-old forward Michael Bournival, whose play in a 4-1 Canadiens win over the Anaheim Ducks was instrumental to the team winning the game. Bournival had a hand in the Canadiens’ first two goal of the game as he scored the first and assisted on the second.
Bournival was a +2 in the plus/minus category in that game, and also had a season-high of 16:15 of ice time. Bournival’s play in the first seven games of his NHL career has done nothing but drawn praise from Therrien, who stated after Thursday’s win that Bournival has been impressive in his ability to create good plays with his speed and intensity.
As a result of those qualities, Bournival has scored a point in the last four games while doing a good job of making sure that the absence of a player like Max Pacioretty is not sorely missed.
As the Canadiens welcome the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, they will once again rely on the play of their young players to beat one of the best teams in the Western Conference, while also continuing to have to rely on players to step up in the absence of injured players like Max Pacioretty, Brandon Prust and Daniel Briere.
Luckily for the Canadiens, Bournival has come in and filled the void, showing that youth continues to make its mark for the Canadiens.