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NHL Draft 2012 #46th Overall: Minnesota Wild Select Raphael Bussieres

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I think it is safe to say that majority of the people are excited about the Matthew Dumba pick. Who wouldn't be? A tank that plays with high energy, likes to hit, can really shoot, and is one of the best skaters in the draft. We needed a guy like that on our blueline and now we have one.

And as the 2nd day loomed, we were getting excited. The past two year's 2nd rounders have turned out great. In 2010, we picked up Brett Bulmer, Johan Larsson and Jason Zucker. In 2011, we picked up Mario Lucia. Each one of them has had great post-draft careers.

So this year, we selected Raphael Bussieres from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League?

For me, lets make the jump


Raphael Bussieres

Left Wing / Baie-Comeau Drakkar

6-1

192

Nov 5 1993



GP G A P +/- PIM
2011/12 - Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
56
21
23
44
-2
60


Hockey Wilderness Take

So who is this mystery player?

Ranked 93rd by Future Considerations 81st by The Scouting Report and 129th in North American skaters by Central Scouting.

Bussieres is a type of prospect that seems to be a favorite within the Wild organization. Ever since Chuck Fletcher and Brett Flahr took over, there has been an influx of hardworking forwards that play a powerful but simple game. Names would include Charlie Coyle, Brett Bulmer, Johan Larsson and Jason Zucker.

Bussieres fits that bill as he is a strong player that plays with grit and skates with authority. He's strong on the puck and drives the net well. Think of how Charlie Coyle plays his game. They use a combination of hardwork and strength to win puck battles and get the puck towards the net.

What seperates Bussieres from the rest of the draft class is that not only does he have good size and strength, he also has a decent shot and good hands.

Add them all up and you have a prospect that is worth picking with a 2nd round pick.

Here is a great article by Dan Sallows of Future Considerations: http://futureconsiderations.ca/interview-raphael-bussieres/. Here's a small bit of it. Click here and read the rest:

He is a throwback to hockey’s good old days, when players would police the game themselves. The six-foot-one, 192-pound left winger has excellent wheels to go with nice hands, tremendous vision and hockey sense, creates space for his teammates, plays hard along the boards and enjoys getting engaged physically, isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice and plays a smart, very effective north and south game.

I had the opportunity to catch up with the talented Bussières, for a quick Q and A.

Who has been your biggest influence and help in developing your game thus far?

Raphaël: My family has supported me all the way through my hockey career so far, and are always there for me.

What was your ‘welcome moment’ to the QMJHL?

Raphaël: Just scoring my first goal in the Q with Moncton against Halifax, it was a huge thrill.

The Wild are stockpiling tough forwards who can play in all zones and have a dash of offense. Bussieres adds to that group and in 2-3 years, that is going to be one pain in the ass lineup to play against!

2012 Prospects: Raphael Bussieres compilation (via TVhockeyprospect)