Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Top 10 Prospects: #10 Raphael Bussieres

Raphael Bussieres
Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'2". Weight: 202 lbs.
Born: November 5, 1993
2013-14 Team: Iowa Wild (AHL)
Acquired: 2nd round pick (46th overall) in 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: 7

After a rough first season in the AHL, Raphael Bussieres should be a player to watch in Iowa this season.

Even though he only managed to put up just 19 points in 61 games, Bussieres possesses great skills that should help him take that next step in 2014-15. He has outstanding hands and vision, making him a big threat when the team is rushing up ice.

Beyond the great offensive skills, Bussieres has tried to become a solid two-way player as he has spent more time lately working on his defensive game. If he can continue to progress, he should be a mainstay in the Iowa top six this upcoming season.

Realistically, Bussieres will be spending the entire season in Iowa. He still has a ways to go before getting the call to the NHL team (he is only 20 years old, so he has plenty of time to grow still). Even though he had a down season last year, he still should be one to keep a close eye on for Iowa in 2014-15.

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10. Raphael Bussieres

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