Place of BirthL'Islet, QC
Bourgault is a very skilled and smart forward. It is very nice to see him move around the ice, as he skates with such ease. He is very fast, agile, and quite explosive too. He also has some very nice puck handling skills and can show a lot of creativity and deception when he has the puck in the offensive zone. During this game, he manipulated his opponents very effectively on a couple of rushes by slowing down or accelerating, by selling the shot in order to pass, and by just taking good decisions with the puck in those situations. He created a ton of scoring chances for himself and for his teammates throughout the whole game. Bourgault was so dangerous and creative in the offensive zone that he could have easily added two or three passes to his point total during his game. He can also facilitate the play for his teammates, as he constantly found open space to create passing lanes for his teammates, which led to him scoring three goals. Bourgault showed that he can really do it all offensively during this game. I think he just needs to continue working on his overall strength and just continue to polish his offensive tools, and he could be a very dangerous weapon in the offensive zone. Even though he scored three goals during this game, I think one aspect that Bourgault could work on is his shot, which could help him become even more dangerous, as defenders would have to respect it a bit more and consequently open more space for Bourgault to find his teammates. An element of the game that Bourgault will have to clean up is his decision making in the central zone, and in his own zone. In this game, he sometimes tried plays that were a bit too risky, that ended up in turnovers. The same kind of comment can be made from his play in the defensive zone. During this game, I felt like he was slightly out of position at times, but I think it is just a matter of consistency, as he was well-positioned most of the times, and did a nice job to cut off plays in his zone at times too. In this game, I also liked his overall compete level, as he showed some nice hustle in both his forechecking and backchecking game. There was one sequence that I particularly liked from him that showcased his compete level and mindset, as he completed a great backcheck, late in the game and leading 5-1, to take the puck away from his opponents, quickly move it out of his zone to a teammate and following the play to take the puck away from a defender in the offensive zone, and drop it to Olivier Nadeau who almost scored. Bourgault needs to continue to work on his strength and fix some aspects of his defensive game, but I really like his offensive tools.
Xavier Bourgault's Reports
|Feb 22/21||Xavier Bourgault||2495 – Shawinigan vs. Rouyn-Noranda||QMJHL||by Théo Lambert||View Summary|
|Nov 20/20||Xavier Bourgault||2111 – Shawinigan vs. Quebec||QMJHL||by Chris Smith||View Summary|
|Nov 20/20||Xavier Bourgault||2107 – Shawinigan vs. Chicoutimi||QMJHL||by Dylan Galloway||View Summary|
|Nov 3/20||Xavier Bourgault||1986 – Shawinigan vs. Chicoutimi||QMJHL||by Josh Bell||View Summary|