O’B traded

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Ryan O’Byrne has been traded to Colorado for Michaël Bournival.

The deal takes O’B’s $941,667 cap hit off the Canadiens’ books.

Bournival is an 18-year-old centre from Shawinigan who was Colorado’s third-round choice, 71st overall, in the 2010 draft.

He’s 6′, 190 lbs and shoots Left.

In his first season with the Cataractes, Bournival scored 11 goals and added 11 assists in 46 games. Last season, his production jumped to 24 goals and 38 assists.

Through 17 games in the Q this season, Bournival has 10 goals and 14 assists.

Video scout Jarred Friedman found a highlight reel


From Buzzing the Net:

He’s not the most well-known name in the Q.

Bournival, off to a hot start with 24 points in 17 games, turned in a
solid all-around game, hustling both ways and scoring a goal. Playing on
a line with a pair of 2011 NHL draft prospects in Jonathan Huberdeau
and captain Sean Couturier, Bournival one-timed home a nice setup from
Huberdeau to put QMJHL ahead 3-2 in the second period.

“He hasn’t
been on the radar a whole lot but everybody has the same opinion of him,
he’s just an excellent hockey player,” veteran scout Kevin Prendergast said. “He’s not
great at anything, but he’s good at everything. I think we’ll probably
want to have a look and see if he’s versatile. Can he play the wings as
(well) as playing centre too? We think the centre situation is going to
be taken, but he’s got the kind of hockey sense and the grit that we
think he has a chance to maybe be part of the camp.”

Hockey’s Future says:

Possesses the ability to play in all three zones and a no-quit, win at
any cost attitude.  Bournival might not be the most talented player
available, but his work ethic and dedication will help ensure that he
becomes a viable NHL prospect.

Gotta like that.

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