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Poll: What might have been: Luc Bourdon (124 member(s) have cast votes)

Where would Luc Bourdon be on our current team?

  1. Top-2 defender (44 votes [35.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.48%

  2. Top-4 defender (65 votes [52.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 52.42%

  3. Top-6 defender (11 votes [8.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.87%

  4. Depth defender (2 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

  5. Minor league defender (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Out of hockey (2 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

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#1 Hamhuis2

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:18 PM

We all know of the tragic tale of Luc Bourdon. I remember hearing the day he passed feeling terrible. I had not known him personally, but he represented all that this city loves. So Luc, I thank you for being an inspiration to this city, for that is what you are.

This poll is to see where Canuck fans would have projected Luc in the current lineup.

RIP LB, forever a Canuck.

EDIT: Classifications for reference

Hamhuis, Edler=top-2
Bieksa,Garrison=top-4
Ballard, Tanev=top-6
Alberts, K-Conn=depth
Matheson= minor league

Edited by Hamhuis2, 25 November 2012 - 09:13 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:31 PM

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Morbid junk. I know there is no hockey but come on. Quit picking at the scab. Let it heal.
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#3 Hamhuis2

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:33 PM

Hardly morbid, it is a celebration of his life, and shows how highly Canuck fans though of him.

Edited by Hamhuis2, 25 November 2012 - 02:34 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:37 PM

As good as Edler. Man, would they have made a nice pair!
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

My memory was that he almost made the Canucks as an 18 year old; and had the massive aura that Vancouver fans hype machine can generate in terms of expectations. Played on team Canada, top ten draft pick, big shot, physical two way guy; reported to be the ultimate guy? I think an injury or something set him back, cuz I can also remember Edler, a lower pick, made the team instead of him a year, or was it two, later. Luc got some call ups and stuff, but there was concern he would live up to his high expectations?

Then the accident...

Hard to say? Maybe he was struggling with having the same speed and strength after time off or had permanent damage... Anyway, Edler had passed him and I recall he was sort of mired in "will he reach his potential?"

So lets give some benefit of the doubt, and top him in our top 4 as a right side D behind Bieksa...
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

maybe top 4 but most likely top 6 with our current D
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:32 PM

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I honestly don't see the point of discussing something that can never be proven...."it is what it is". Tragic, but now far beyond anything hockey related (IMO).
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

I sometimes wonder this too, I know it is a tough subject. But this thread isn't about being disrespectful.

For me I would say top 2 or top 4, he was just as good if not better than Edler.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:45 PM

It's hard to say.

I voted for Top-4 defender.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

Tough to say, but I'd say at least top-4. He was primed to be a good defender, that's for sure. It's a shame he was taken from all of us so early.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:47 PM

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:19 PM

he could have been easily a top 4 defender
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

Did someone honestly vote out of hockey?? :picard: Top 4 easily, maybe even top 2

Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - Bourdon
Ballard - Garrison
Tanev

That defense could easily carry us to a Cup, barring any injuries of course.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:49 PM

Just something else to consider: if Bourdon was still around then the team may not have acquired some of the other d-men who are (or have been) here.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:50 PM

Back during 06/07 tons of people were calling him a bust. His name was on every trade proposals, or posters keep posting "OmgZz! ShUd hvz dr4ftdd K0p1T@r!!!111one!"

It's unfortunate that it took a tragedy to end all the disrespect he was getting.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:43 PM

Ok, I have a hypothetical question, what if we drafted Ko....nvm.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:25 PM

Just something else to consider: if Bourdon was still around then the team may not have acquired some of the other d-men who are (or have been) here.

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We probably wouldn't have made the Ballard trade. IMO.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:41 AM

Just something else to consider: if Bourdon was still around then the team may not have acquired some of the other d-men who are (or have been) here.

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exactly. Something I wonder every now and then. Safe to say that Edler, and Bieksa would still be here but would we have gotten Hamhuis, Ballard, Garrison? Would we have even let Mitchell walk?
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:24 AM

Depends on the team.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:23 PM

Hardly morbid, it is a celebration of his life, and shows how highly Canuck fans though of him.


I didn't think highly of him, and to tell you the truth he didn't contribute to much in the ways of wins either.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:54 PM

I voted top 4 defender, but who knows?
There seems to be more Bourdon threads all the time, let him rest in peace. There is no way to tell how he would've turned out anyway, especially considering the Canucks luck at drafting.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:47 PM

For all of you complaining about how this thread is "morbid" and "unnecessary", stop whining and don't post then. The purpose of a forum and CDC is to promote intelligent, stimulating discussion about hockey. Death is something that occurs in life so for those of you who feel offended by talking about it, either grow up and deal with reality or shut up.

People create threads about potential trades and future potentials of prospects and this is a very similar concept so lets hear some intelligent remarks for once.

I for one believe Bourdon would have developed nicely alongside Edler. He was the hard hitting, strong stay at home defenceman that the Canucks sorely lack right now and desperately could have used in the last 2 playoff rounds when our smaller defencemen like Bieksa, Hamhuis, Ballard and Tanev were physically destroyed by the bigger forwards of Boston and Los Angeles. Both those Cup winners had physical shut-down guys on the blueline that contributed little offence, and Bourdon would have been akin to those guys like Willie Mitchell, Greene, Seidenberg, Ference, McQuaid etc.

Right now if Bourdon was with us I strongly believe he'd be paired with Edler and be racking up around 20-30 points (up to 7-10 goals, he had a HUGE point shot), lots of hits and PIMs and eating up around 20-22 minutes a game. He was solid on the PK and his big shot would have been perfect on the PP, especially with the twins.This is what our pairings would look like:

Edler (23 mins) - Bourdon (21 mins)
Bieksa (22 mins) - Hamhuis (22 mins)
Ballard (16 mins) - Garrison/Tanev (16 mins)

Obviously we probably wouldn't have signed Garrison if we already had Bourdon, but regardless that is one of the best top-4 defences in the league and a great top-6 with guys on our bottom pairing who can play 20 minutes in case of injuries.

If we had Bourdon during our 2011 Cup run I strongly believe we would have won the Cup. As good as Boston's physical defence was, this mix would have been unstoppable:

Hamhuis - Bieksa
Bourdon - Edler
Ehrhoff - Salo

That's as deep a defence as it gets, and with Hamhuis injured we would have barely skipped a beat with one strong stay at home defenceman still anchoring our D:

Bourdon - Edler
Ehrhoff - Salo
Bieksa - Ballard/Rome
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

I think he would have been able to anchor a line. From all I heard about him, he was looking to be the real deal.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:44 PM

#1 Defenceman
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:54 AM

You could tell that as he got better the more he played and imo he would have been a mainstay on our D as a top four but it's unfortunate that we'll never see him realize his true potential.
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