Through his first five games with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, forward Gabriel Bourque has failed to record a point.
As a result, he’s headed down to the AHL.
The Avalanche confirmed on Monday morning, via the team’s official Twitter account, that Bourque is headed to the San Antonio Rampage after serving as an extra forward or bottom six roster member through the start of Colorado’s season.
Drafted 132nd overall by the Nashville Predators in 2009, the 26-year-old forward skated for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL before going pro in Nashville’s system in 2010.
While with Nashville – the only NHL club Bourque has skated with before joining Colorado this summer – the Rimouski, Quebec native skated out in 242 career NHL games, putting up 31 goals and 78 points in the process.
Last season, he only saw 22 games’ worth of action in Nashville, spending time with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals as well before ultimately being let go by the Central Division club over the summer. He signed on as a free agent with Colorado this fall, who inked him to a one year deal worth $800,000 at the highest level.
For Colorado, things have turned around this year after watching head coach Patrick Roy depart of his own volition over the summer. As a result, they’re likely feeling out what parts of their roster are the best for a winning season, and which parts are extraneous – which means that skaters like Bourque will unfortunately be relegated to the minors.