Francis Bouillon
Francis Bouillon
Defenseman
NUMBER: 51
HEIGHT: 5' 8"
WEIGHT: 194
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 10/17/1975
AGE: 38
BIRTHPLACE: New York City, NY, USA
DRAFTED: undrafted
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, August 18, 1998. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to ankle injury vs. Calgary, December 31, 2000. Claimed by Nashville from Montreal in Waiver Draft, October 4, 2002. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from Nashville, October 25, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Leksands (Sweden-2), November 15, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, September 30, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2012.
2009-10: Played a career-high 81 games… Ranked second on the team – and among the NHL’s Top 20 defensemen – in hits (162)… Tied for third on the Predators in penalty minutes (50)… Posted a +5 rating, the second-highest total of his career… Logged 20-or-more minutes in 33 games, after reaching the mark 31 times in the previous three seasons combined… Scored his first career OT goal on March 29 at Florida… Playing in his 500th NHL game Nov. 7 at Los Angeles, scoring his first goal as a Predator. PLAYOFFS: Played in all six of the club’s WCQ games vs. Chicago, and tied for second on the team in penalty minutes (6).

CAREER NOTES: Notched a career high in goals (5) in 2008-09… Ranked second among 2008-09 Montreal defensemen in hits (122) and shooting percentage (9.8%)… Missed Montreal’s first four games of 2008-09, and final 23 games of the season due to injury… Ranked second on the Canadiens, and 10th among NHL defensemen, in hits (168) with a career high in 2007-08… Tied a career high in games played (74) in 2007-08… Ranked fourth on the Habs in blocked shots (116) and average shorthanded time on ice (2:42) in 2007-08… Suited up for his 400th career contest on Feb. 2, 2008 vs. N.Y. Islanders… Registered three points (1g-2a) in seven games in the 2008 Playoffs… Ranked second among Montreal blueliners in hits (148) in 2006-07… Missed the first 19 games of the 2006-07 season due to injury… Registered career highs in points (22), assists (19) and power-play goals (3) in 2005-06… Tied for ninth among league defensemen, and ranked second on Montreal, in hits (154) in 2005-06… Ranked second on the Canadiens in blocked shots with a career high (121) in 2005-06… Ranked fourth on the Habs in average time on ice with a career high (20:47) in 2005-06… Tied for third among Canadien d-men in average shorthanded time on ice (3:34) in 2005-06… Ranked second among Montreal defensemen with three points (1g-2a) in the 2006 Playoffs… Spent the 2004-05 season with Leksands of Sweden’s first division, posted 18 points (10g-21a) in 21 games… Posted career highs in penalty minutes (70) and shots on goal (86) in 2003-04 with Montreal… Winner of Montreal’s Jacques Beauchamp Molson Trophy (unsung hero) in 2004… Played in all 11 of Montreal’s 2004 Playoff games… Opened the 2002-03 season with Nashville, played four games with the club, then was re-claimed on waivers by Montreal on Oct. 22, 2002… Averaged greater than 20:00 of ice time for the first time in his career in 20 NHL games in 2002-03… Also played 29 games with Hamilton (AHL) in 2002-03… Split the 2001-02 and 2000-01 seasons between Montreal and Quebec (AHL)… Led 2001-02 Quebec defenders in points (8g-14a-22pts) at the time of his recall on Jan. 12, 2002… Paced Montreal rookies in points (16) and assists (13) in 1999-2000… Led Fredericton (AHL) blueliners in points (55), goals (19) and penalty minutes (174) in 1998-99… Played in the 1999 AHL All-Star Game… Led Quebec (IHL) defenders, and ranked second on the club, in points (8g-27a-35pts) in 1997-98… Ranked second on Wheeling (ECHL) in points (42), goals (10) and assists (32) in his first professional season (1996-97).

AMATEUR: Helped the Granby Predateurs (QMJHL) to the 1996 Memorial Cup… Also won the 1996 President’s Cup as QMJHL champs… Reached the President’s Cup Finals in both 1995 and 1996 with Laval… Played 60 career QMJHL Playoff games, registering 39 points (7g-32a) and 99 penalty minutes.

TRANSACTIONS: Sept. 22, 2009 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… Oct. 25, 2002 – Claimed on waivers by Montreal… Oct. 4, 2005 – Claimed by Nashville from Montreal in the Waiver Draft... Aug. 18, 1998 – Signed as a free agent by Montreal.