Alex Bolduc

Bolduc (2)

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Games Played
League – 45
Challenge Cup – 5
Play Offs – 3

Total Goals: 9 / Total Assists: 17 / Total PIMs: 80

Joe Balm
Brought in halfway through the season as a replacement for Rheault while he was out injured but they couldn’t be more different than one another as forwards.  Okay as a defensive forward but offers little offensively, was told he provides leadership but it isn’t visible on the ice as he is prone to taking dumb penalties and he rarely shows the passion or fight which we’ve often seen from players who are of a similar type to him like Jeff Brown.  Definitely don’t want back.

Sam Balm
Another one of Chernomaz’s mid season acquisitions that failed to live up to the expectations they were brought in with.  Due to his long standing friendship with Hurtubise I expected them to work well but this never came to fruition.  He has turned out to be a very disappointing signing who has offered little to the team, especially given he was identified as a leader and given an assistant captaincy.  Based on this I would not re-sign him for 19/20.

Antoine Marie-Jeanne
Was one of several mid-season signings, had a cracking debut then seemingly did nothing until the back-end of the season when he (again seemingly) was the only player wanting to give his all every game.  He was given an “A” when Kevin Henderson was promoted to bench coach so he’s obviously liked by the club.  Another I think is upgradable but I can’t fault his effort towards the end.

Adam Reddish
Very disappointing.  Had high hopes that he’d be the genuine power forward we’ve been lacking for sometime now, but simply failed to deliver after arriving a couple of months into the season.  Coming off the back of a long injury lay-off, the danger was he wouldn’t quite be the same player that he was earlier in his career.  Nine goals in 45 games represented a lame offensive return, and the physicality offered regularly crossed the line with Bolduc often taking unnecessary minor penalties, rather than using his size to bully opponents legally – something I’d hoped to see much, much more of.  Not a player I’m desperate to see back in Nottingham next season.

Tina Taylor
Announced himself to the fanbase with a raft of penalties, some absolutely daft ones if we’re being honest, but I did get a sense that he was a no-nonsense, hard-nosed gritty kind of player.  I’ve warmed to Bolduc as the season has gone on, not enough to want him resigned mind you, but I got a sense of leadership about him which is something that many Panthers fans feel is missing and has been since some bloke called Jordan Fox wore a ‘C’ on his jersey.

The daft penalties were still something of a feature towards the end but not as prevalent but what we needed more than anything else was goals and Bolduc just didn’t have them.

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