There aren't too many players that can realistically be compared to Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils, but Troy Bourke is one of them.
The Prince George winger stands at 5'10 and weighs only 170 pounds, but he plays much bigger.
Bourke (pronounced BURKE) is an excellent skater with a good first step and solid explosiveness. His low center of gravity allows him to have solid edgework and good agility all over the ice.
He's got an excellent wrist shot that features a very quick and hard release. He's not afraid to fire the puck from all areas of the ice, often resulting in a goal. In fact, he scored 19 as a 16 year old rookie last season in for the Cougars.
Away from the puck, Bourke is also a kid that makes things happen. He competes hard in all three zones, backchecks and even lets his physical play do the talking. In a game I watched on October 4th, Bourke flattened Jesse Knowler of the Prince Albert Raiders along the boards. Tyler Vanscourt stepped in to defend Knowler and Bourke landed the first few punches in the scrap and earned the take down. It's that type of showing that makes scouts really open their eyes to the drive and desire a player like Bourke might just have.
The only true concern I have with Bourke as an NHL prospect is in regards to his size or lack there of. And even with that being said, he's not exactly overly tiny. Plenty of teams aren't afraid to draft forwards who are under 5'11 and I have a feeling that many NHL teams will be paying close attention to this Cougar who hails from Onoway, Alberta.