SouthPointe, PA — The Pittsburgh Penguins had concern that Paul Bissonnette would be claimed on waivers and that has been the case as the team confirmed following today’s practice that Bissonnette was claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bissonnette being claimed should not come as much of a surprise.
Ryan Bayda, Nate Guenin, Chris Conner, and Deryk Engelland cleared waivers at noon today. All four players have been re-assigned to Wilkes Barre/Scranton.
Pittsburgh though made a move, claiming forward Chris Bourque. Bourque is the son of hall-of-famer Raymond Bourque. Bourque will join the Penguins as their 13th forward and practice tomorrow with the team.
Bourque, 23, had 73 points last season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He also added 5 goals – 16 assists for 21 points in 22 post-season games.
Bourque spent five seasons in the Washington Capitals organization after being drafted by the Capitals 33rd overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft.
Team scouts see Bourque as a potential
top 9 winger who could push Pascal Dupuis for time on the Penguins third line. Bourque is listed at 5ft9 – 185 lbs
Bourque has some grit but Pittsburgh claimed him because of his offensive potential. Above average speed and has good velocity on his shot. Is more of a playmaker at this point in his development.
more to come