Bourque: "I would try and be that type of player, & if I could be player like (Callahan) then I think I'd be really happy with myself"—
New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) September 01, 2011
Describing himself, Bourque said : “I think I am going to be a versatile, energetic player who can play both sides of the puck really well…bring a lot of heart”
Adam Rotter: The more players on a team like Callahan, the better. It’s not just the shot blocking and the hustle, it’s the energy and tone that a player like Cally brings to the game.
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“He’s really hard working, he’s got good quickness, he’s tenacious, both forechecking and coming back defensively,” Gernander said. “He has excellent one-on-one skills. But he’s not a very big forward, so he’s going to have to use those attributes to separate players from the puck or to maintain possession of the puck. He’s going to have to use his quickness, speed and agility.”
Ken Gernander to the Hartford Courant
“The major thing that Ray taught Ryan is that you can’t control how many goals you’re going to score, or some things like that. But the one thing you can control in a certain game is how hard you work on every shift. And the work ethic that Ryan has is exactly like his father. He knows how to handle himself as a pro.”
Gordie Clark to NHL.com
Bourque says that his dad takes notes every time that he watches him play.
Bourque won’t be an NHL player just because his father was. His brother Chris is the same size and has been a dominant AHL player but has only played 33 NHL games and is returning to North America after a season playing in Europe. Bourque says that he plays a high energy, two-way game and understands that he may need time to develop, but if he works hard, that is the exact kind of player that John Tortorella loves having in the lineup.
Bourque signed his entry-level contract with the Rangers in May.
Read more about him, HERE.
At NYRangers.com, they are doing their annual “20 Prospects In 20 Days” feature.
They start off with recently signed 2009 third round pick Ryan Bourque.
I love this and glad they brought it back. Long features on the Rangers top prospects. I guess they needed to get rid of the Roman Horak one and write up a Tim Erixon one.
As for Bourque, I like him a lot and think that he will play this season for the Whale and the team will move on with him from there. I think he plays hard and with energy which should make him a fan favorite when he gets to the Rangers.
I thought Bourque brought everything to the table he normally does, except scoring. His line never really seemed to get it going offensively, though he did finish with three assists. I was not at all disappointed in the way Bourque played, because despite the lack of goals, his line always seemed to produce chances. Bourque, himself, took 20 shots in the tournament, tied for second most on the team. To say I’m surprised that none of those went in would be an understatement. My favorite part of Bourque’s game, he brought. Energy. I can forgive the lack of goals when he was out there battling on every shift. Instead of getting frustrated, he just kept working. There’s a lot to be said for that. He’ll be missed next year.
Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey
Bourque had three assists in the tournament
…Energy is the key
Looking at this roster, he’s going to have to be solid on both ends. He can score you goals, but he’ll have to be a defensively responsible player, which is well within his range.
Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey
…Two way players are important. It is always nice to have someone who can sacrifice offense for defense and still make a big impact.
Ryan, the son of Hall of Famer Raymond, has always been one of my favorite players to watch. He is all energy all the time. In the one year I was able to watch almost every game he played at the NTDP, I never remember him taking a shift off. He’s small, but feisty and he’ll bring that game to Team USA. Bourque already has 20 goals in the Q, and his 39 points rank 15th in the league. He’s another guy that should have an expanded role for the U.S. He’s won gold at the U18 and U20 levels, and I think he’d like to add to his collection.
…That is an encouraging thing to hear about Bourque. Yes he is small, but if he provides energy and some scoring, those are valuable things at the NHL level. He doesn’t seem hampered by his famous last name, which is good and he does have this winning pedigree with team USA.
Again, be on the lookout for our reports from our correspondents watching him when the World Juniors start up.
Continuing in their series of 20 Prospects In 20 Days, New York Rangers.com looks at Ryan Bourque who spent this past season playing for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL and the United States Under 20 team that won the Gold Medal.
Bourque was selected by the Rangers with the 80th pick in last June’s draft. he had 19 goals and 24 assists for Quebec last season.
“One of my goals is to be more consistent and just give a lot more to the team, whether it’s offensively or defensively, he said. “I also want to try to step up and be a leader in Quebec, because last year I was just kind of a first-year guy. Next year I want to be a leader, and I want to be someone that guys can count on, because we all want our team to be as successful as we can be.”
…That is a very good mentality for a young player to have. Of course he has an advantage since his dad is one of the greatest defenseman of all time. You hope a lot of those qualities are in the genes and get passed from father to son,