Saturday, July 9, 2011

July-lights: July 9th, Bouchard Scores On Mason

Minnesota, considered the State of Hockey, and home to the Minnesota Wild. Drafted by that very same team in the '02 Entry Draft, is Canadien, Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Being drafted in the first round, 8th overall, he has not put up points like most top ten draftees have produced.

His career high came during the '05-'06 season where he scored 17 goals and assisted on 42 to acquire 59 points. Last season he scored 12 times, and grabbed 26 helpers for 38 points, adding to his career totals of 89 goals, 216 assists, and 305 points in 485 games played. A big difference between his total goals scored and total assists.

However, if Bouchard could channel some of the offensive skill he showed in his shootout goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets' Steve Mason (see below), he may be able to close that gap between his goals and assists totals.


Coming in wide to the blocker side, Bouchard stepped into the slot and faked a deke to the right, getting Mason to flinch. Bouchard then deked again pulling Mason further across the crease before Bouchard cut back to the opposite post, and tucked the puck into an empty net.

At least Mason had a good vantage point to watch the puck cross the goal line.

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