TYLER BOUCK: OFF TO PLAY IN GERMANY

Former nucks’ prospect Tyler Bouck is off to play for Ingolstadt ERC of the German Elite League.

He was with the Vancouver organization from December 28, 2001 until the end of the 2006-07 season.

Bouck came over – from Phoenix – with Todd Warriner, Trevor Letowski and a third round pick for Drake Berehowsky and Denis Pederson.

He didn’t make the big team during the 2001-02 or 2002-03 seasons, but played in 18 games during the 2003-04 campaign.

Bouck played for TPS Turku during the lockout season.

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courtesy of hockeydb.com

He missed the majority of the 2005-06 season recovering from a groin injury suffered during training camp (October 4, 2005) and as a healthy reserve.

Bouck also missed the majority of 2006-07 season recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in game vs. Hamilton (AHL), on December 27, 2006.

He played the past two seasons with the Portland Pirates of the AHL.

Bouck was the lone holdover from the Anaheim Ducks regime and played a vital role as captain for the last two seasons.

“As one of the elder statesmen on that team, he guided young players like Bobby Ryan and Ryan Carter, who are now an important part of the Anaheim organization,” wrote mainehockeyjournal.com. “The Buffalo Sabres were hoping to capture some of those same mentoring skills from the 29-year old veteran for their young prospects including rookies Nathan Gerbe and Tim Kennedy.”

“I guess it’s however that I’m looked upon as long as I can provide something for the team, I’m willing to do that,” said Bouck.

It was a tough season for Bouck who was out of lineup for most of January with a concussion. Because of the concussion, he played only 63 games this season for the Pirates, scoring seven goals, 16 assists for 23 points with a plus/minus -12 rating.

That was down on his production from a year ago when he set season highs for goals (11), assists (18) and points (29).

“It was unreal how many injuries we had, and how many head injuries we had was crazy for a while there too,” said Bouck (Another Portland player who suffered a concussion was new Canuck Mike Funk.).

“It makes it a longer season. It’s harder to find that consistency when you’re having guys in and out all the time.”

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