Height: 6’0″/ Weight: 172 lbs.
Physical Play Average
Offensive Play Excellent
Defensive Play Good
Hockey Sense Excellent
1. Bourgault makes a ton of plays with the puck and shows great hands; he is able to create offense through his skill and playmaking consistently.
2. He is a dynamic offensive player who is relentless in his puck pursuit.
3. Xavier is a winger who thrives with his off-puck movement and ability to find space; he despective release on his shot as well.
Area’s for Improvement
1. While his skating isn’t poor, he could use some refinement in that area.
2. He’ll also need to build some more muscle over the next year or so.
Xavier Bourgault plays for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL; he put up 71 points in 63 games last season and will look to build off last season. Bourgault’s offensive game primarily relies on driving the center lane and working off his teammates. He can create offensive changes through his excellent puck retrieval skills and non-stop motor. Xavier shows great hands in tight and has a deceptive release on his shot. Although Bourgault is an above-average skater, he makes up for it with his hockey IQ and tireless work ethic. Bourgault has all the tools to be a point producer in the NHL; he has very strong puck skills and his hand-eye is insane. His ability to stickhandle through traffic is a major strength, and he is also a reliable defensive player. Bourgault is a player that can be relied on to help generate scoring chances and make a difference on the scoresheet. Even though he may not be a star winger, he should be able to play a top-six role in the NHL. Bourgault should be a late first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
A Goal Scoring Winger, with excellent puck retrieval skills and has non stop motor.
Style Comparison: Brendan Gallagher
NHL Potential: Top 6 Goal Scoring Winger