Raphael Bussieres

Edric Joseph

2016-07-10

Bussieres

 

Raphael Bussieres, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 195

Born: 1993-11-05

Hometown:  Longueuil, PQ

Drafted:  2012 by Minnesota Wild, 46th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

July 2016 – Raphael Bussieres suited up in just five games this past season for the Iowa Wild and as such saw the majority of his ice time playing for the Wild’s ECHL affiliate, the Quad City Mallards. For the Mallards, he put up a decent 24 points in 37 games but would’ve likely been in line for a more productive year had he been out of the penalty box more often. He can make for a high energy bottom-six forward but can use some discipline pulling in the reins with how aggressive he can be. Edric Joseph

December 2015- For the first time since turning professional, Raphael Bussieres has consistently shown that offensive spark that the Wild saw in him when he was playing for Baie Comeau of the QMJHL. While they'd rather see him making things happen for the Iowa Wild if not the Minnesota Wild, his 14 points through 17 games with the Quad City Mallards so far this season are not to be ignored. Whether or not this renewed confidence in Raphael Bussieres is here to stay remains to be seen. Edric Joseph

 

June 2015- Raphael Bussieres made for quite the force to be reckoned with finishing his ECHL stint with 16 points in 19 games. Not unlike his run with the Iowa Wild earlier this year he is showing a less trigger-happy side of himself, but it wasn’t in vein as it seemed to yield dvidends. This should make for a more competitive, confident Bussieres come training camp. He needs to show that he can be more tactically sound against stiffer competition. Edric Joseph

 

December 2014 – Start to the season has left something to be desired from Raphael Bussieres, so much so that it resulted in him making his ECHL debut for the Alaska Aces to allot him time to catch his stride with less spotlight and pressure thrust upon him. The reassignment made for a much needed revelation in Bussieres’ professional endeavours having strung together 10 points in only seven games for the Wild’s ECHL affiliate. Pleasing to see that the demotion has been taken in stride as a learning experience to get some offensive consistency. Solid hands and a terrific player on the boards, can make a truculent presence that keeps other teams in check as part of the Wild’s bottom six unit. Bussieres needs to get stronger to successfully take his game to the NHL when the opportunity presents itself. Edric Joseph

 

April 2014 – After a slow start to his AHL career, Bussieres has started to find his offensive touch racking up 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 42 games since December. Still, at just 20, he will need further development on the two-way aspects of his game with Iowa, but definitely reassuring to see his offensive numbers increasing. He has great skating ability and the potential to be an elusive scorer one day in the NHL, but he will need a very strong training camp this sum