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Player Profile: Nick Bonino

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Matt Vevoda

Season Overview
Nick Bonino received his most extensive look in the NHL during the 2011-12 season, playing in a career-high 50 games for the Ducks. Overall, it was his third year playing in the league since making his debut on March 26, 2010 at Edmonton.

The 25-year-old amassed five goals and 18 points during those 50 contests. A third of his points came in the final nine games of the season (one goal, five assists). Bonino had just one goal and two points in 35 career games to his credit entering 2011-12. Prior to being called up to Ducks for good on December 16, he had registered six goals and 22 points in 19 games with AHL Syracuse.

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He also showed some ability in Anaheim’s own end by tallying 39 blocked shots (fourth among all team forwards) and 28 takeaways (eighth on the Ducks). He also ranked third on the club in faceoff wins (195) and faceoff attempts (454). Bonino was also proved apt at limiting mistakes, with a mere eight penalty minutes and nine giveaways.

Bonino enjoyed his best game as an NHLer yet in a March 19 matchup at San Jose, which drafted him and traded him to Anaheim.  Against the Sharks on that night, Bonino set a career high with three assists en route to a 5-3 Ducks victory at HP Pavilion. The center, mostly playing on a line with Bobby Ryan and Kyle Palmieri, also tied his career best with a plus-three rating (previously set on Jan. 31 at Phoenix).

By the Numbers
1.01, points per game Bonino registered during his three seasons with Boston University. While a member of the Terriers, he totaled 117 points in 116 contests. His best season came in 2008-09, when he was second on the club with 50 points and helped the club to an NCAA Championship.

Looking Forward
Playing some of his best hockey at the end of the 2011-12 campaign, Bonino will be looking to build on that this coming season. He ensured his return to Anaheim by agreeing to a new two-year contract on July 13. One of the intriguing battles of training camp could be at center, with several players vying to join Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu at the position for the Ducks. Bonino will be right in the middle of it and should be among the favorites to secure a spot.

Born in Hartford, Bonino played high school hockey at two schools in Connecticut. He first starred at Farmington Hills, where he amassed an astounding 112 goals and 158 points in just 48 games as a freshman and sophomore. He moved onto to Avon Old Farms, arriving at the school one year after Los Angeles King goaltender Jonathan Quick left, for his junior and senior seasons. He totaled 48 goals and 122 points in 51 games while at Avon.

The highlight of his three-year college career at Boston University was his game-tying goal against Miami (Ohio) with 17.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime in the 2009 NCAA championship game.  Colby Cohen would win it for Boston at the 11:47 mark of the extra session. Bonino would be named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team afterward.

One of the Ducks who uses Twitter, you can follow the center @NickBonino.

He Said It
“It’s tough, especially going from college to the pros. The biggest things I think are speed and size. You’re playing against men, no against 18-year-old kids. To make that transition and to assimilate into the pro game is definitely tough. As for myself, I’m getting stronger and growing up a little bit. That has been helping me. I’m not through that wall yet, but I’m doing my best to push through it.” – Nick Bonino
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