NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 13: Gabriel Bourque #57 of the Nashville Predators chases the puck behind goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Ooh la la, look who turns 22 today?
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Bourque made a tremendous impact during his NHL debut last season, and while 19 points in 43 games may not sound like much, the fact that he averaged only 12:47 of ice time per game means that he made the most of the opportunities given to him. As the weeks carried on and he kept delivering that responsible, high-tempo game, he moved up the depth chart, to the point that when the playoffs opened he was skating alongside David Legwand and Alexander Radulov.
And as we know, Barry Trotz's trust went well rewarded, as Bourque scored twice in the first game against the Red Wings, putting the capper on a remarkable rookie campaign. Can he carry this momentum into Year 2?
Today also marks the birthday of the Preds' 2nd-round draft choice this summer, Pontus Aberg, who turns 19.