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Rangers acquire prospect Bourret from Atlanta

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Alex Bourret, a first-round draft pick just two years ago,
put up impressive offensive numbers throughout his junior career.

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Alex Bourret from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for left wing Pascal Dupuis and a third round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Bourret, 20, has appeared in 45 games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points, along with a plus-three rating and 46 penalty minutes. In his first professional season, Bourret currently ranks eighth on the Wolves in scoring with 32 points.

"Alex is a high level prospect we are very excited about adding to our organization," said Rangers Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager Don Maloney. " We had him rated very highly at the 2005 draft and had we not traded up to get Marc Staal, he likely would have been our selection."

Prior to turning professional, the 5-11, 205-pound forward skated in 258 career games with Shawinigan, Lewiston and Sherbrooke of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2002-2006, recording 110 goals and 181 assists for 291 points, along with 472 penalty minutes. Last season, Bourret collected 114 points (44 goals and 70 assists) and 133 penalty minutes in 67 games with Shawinigan (QMJHL).

Among QMJHL leaders, he tied for second in game-winning goals (10), tied for sixth in shorthanded goals (five), ranked seventh in assists (70), eighth in points (114), tied for eighth in power play goals (23), and tied for 12th in goals (44). In addition, the QMJHL Second-Team All-Star recorded seven points (three goals and four assists) in seven postseason contests with Shawinigan.

"Alex skates well and plays with an edge and had good offensive upside," said Maloney. "We are thrilled to add a prospect of this caliber to the organization."

In 2004-05, Bourret led the Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL) and ranked seventh in the QMJHL in scoring with 86 points (31 goals and 55 assists) in 65 games.

A native of Drummondville, Quebec, Bourret was originally a first round selection of the Atlanta Thrashers, 16th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The NHL's Central Scouting report states, "Very good skater .... Strong on skates ... Carries puck with poise and confidence, and can go end-to-end ... Smart and creative ... Speed and tenacious forechecking causes turnovers and scoring chances for his team ... Hard to contain one-on-one ... Plays in all game situations ... Has edge to game, and is determined and involved in play at all times."

Dupuis, 27, appeared in 54 games with the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers this season, tallying 11 goals and three assists, along with 38 penalty minutes.
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