MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced Thursday the acquisition of forward Michaël Bournival from the Colorado Avalanche in return for defenseman Ryan O’Byrne.
The 18-year old Bournival played 17 games with the QMJHL Shawinigan Cataractes thus far this season, recording a team leading 24 points (10 goals and 14 assists) and serving 10 penalty minutes. He also scored one goal in two games for Team QMJHL at the 2010 Subway Super Series.
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Since the 2008-09 season, the 6’ and 187 lbs center has tallied 108 points (45 goals, 63 assists) in 121 games with the Cataractes. Bournival was also assessed 76 penalty minutes.
A native of Shawinigan, he played minor hockey in the region, including a season with the Trois-Rivières Estacades of the Midget AAA league (33 goals, 23 assists in 52 games) and joined his hometown QMJHL team in 2008-09 before being drafted in the third round, 71st overall by the Colorado Avalanche at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Bournival also represented Canada at the U-18 World Championship in 2009, scoring twice and adding an assist in six games.
Ryan O’Byrne was pointless in three games with the Canadiens this season. He was credited with 11 hits and five blocked shots with an average time on ice of 14 minutes and 54 seconds.
Since he first joined the NHL, O’Byrne has amassed 16 points (2 goals and 14 helpers), served 181 penalty minutes and maintained a -3 plus/minus ratio in 128 NHL regular season games with the Canadiens.SEE ALSO:Payback Numbers game - Nov. 9, 2010 Pictures of youNHL And NHLPA Announce New Format For NHL All-Star Events On the Rise