Jan 6, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, Montreal Canadiens left wing Michael Bournival (49) before the game against Florida Panthers at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Bournival Sent To Hamilton Bulldogs On Conditioning Assignment


Oct 29, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Michael Bournival (49) and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) battle for the puck during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Bournival has finally recovered from his concussion, and will head down to the Hamiton Bulldogs for a conditioning stint to get into game action.

The Shawinigan, Quebec native has not suited up for the Canadiens since February 6th, when he suffered a concussion against the Vancouver Canucks.

Bournival, has scored 13 points in 50 games this season as a rookie, but will have a tough time getting back in the lineup, with the Habs adding Thomas Vanek at the deadline, and the forwards very healthy at the moment.

Bournival will be in a constant battle with Brandon Prust, Travis Moen, Dale Weise, Ryan White and George Parros for fourth line ice time. Knowing that Head Coach Michel Therrien likes to lean on his veteran players, it may be a while before he uses the 21 year old Bournival again.

The Hamilton Bulldogs will be glad to have some reinforcements. Hamilton currently sits in last place in the AHL’s Western Conference, and are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league, with 143 goals in 61 games. The Bulldogs have just 15 games remaining on their schedule, and need to make up a 12 point gap in the standings to make the playoffs.

Bournival finished third on the Bulldgos in points last season, his first as a pro, and will certainly see plenty of ice time in all situations, which will help him get back into game shape in short order. When healthy, Bournival is a smart, speedy and tenacious player that can play any forward position, and can be used in every situation.

After a short stint with the Bulldogs, in which Hamilton plays three games in a four day stretch starting on Wednesday, Bournival could be used as a very useful depth player down the stretch and into the postseason for the Montreal Canadiens.

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