(Buffalo) Before becoming one of the most prominent actors of his generation, Dwayne Johnson revolutionized professional wrestling with his role as The Rock. One of his catchphrases: Know your role and shut up. Free translation: Know your role and shut up.
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In Gatineau, Tristan Luneau and Noah Warren assimilated 50% of The Rock’s message. Luckily for us this is not the second part, otherwise the interviews would have been short.
Luneau and Warren are therefore very talkative young men, but most importantly, everyone knows their role.
Result: The two Olympiques defensemen are among Quebec’s best hopes for the next draft. NHL Central Scouting ranks Luneau 24the North American prospect, 9 ranks ahead of Warren, impressive 6’5″ and 224 lbs. In short, they have a good chance of being claimed in the first two rounds.
The reason we insist on the importance of knowing your role? Both teenagers are right-handed on the same team. So there’s no way they’re playing in the same duo, or that they’re both from the first wave of numerical advantage. Knowing how obsessed some youngsters (and their entourage, let’s face it) are with points and playing time as the draft draws near, we understand that the situation could have been tricky.
Except that Luneau and Warren have separate identities and are aware of it.
Luneau therefore finished the season with 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) in 63 games and was the Gatineau team’s most productive defenseman. His stats could have been better if he hadn’t had knee surgery last offseason.
“My greatest quality has always been my vision and my hockey IQ,” he says. I watch a lot of ice hockey, study defenders and like to talk to coaches. »
Warren, he accumulated 24 points, including 5 goals. His greatest pride? Play in the first shorthanded session. “It’s an honor to do this,” he adds. His models? K’Andre Miller of the New York Rangers and Brandon Carlo of the Boston Bruins. “Two big boys, good skaters, strong, who can get the puck out well,” he describes.
“The fact that we are so different helped,” says the Mauritian [de la Mauricie, pas de l’île Maurice]. Because we have different roles, we’ve pushed each of our teams to improve. Noah is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. He could go for the power play in the juniors, he’s got the talent for it, but he knows it probably won’t be his role in the NHL, so he’s honing his style and he’s embracing it. I totally respect that. »
For Louis Robitaille, head coach and general manager of the Olympiques, work began in 2020 with the drafting of the QMJHL.
“I understood that you can’t have just one superstar to build a successful team. We need several elements, Robaille recalls on the phone. Young people today want to have a predefined role before they arrive. My job was to help Clan Luneau and Clan Warren understand what each chair was.
“On draft day, I called Noah and said, ‘What are your strengths?’ And he told me: “I’m big, I can defend and I’ll attack with my simple game.” It confirmed my choice. We got Tristan on the 1stah Rank and we advanced to select Noah at 8e Rank. »
So the coexistence between the two hopefuls went well. We might even suspect that the two youngsters and their teammate Samuel Savoie (forward, 90e North American hopeful) and Antonin Verreault (forward, 140e).
When the time comes to settle on a game, some recruiters will prioritize the game so they can spy on more hopefuls.
Already a model
Noah Warren hasn’t moved in yet, but he already understands the impact he can have. “The other day I was watching my brother’s game. A guy, a little black guy, came up to me to say he liked what I did with the QMJHL for Black History Month,” he says, embarrassed. He’s referring to a video shot with his mother, Magalie Boutin, that was released last February. Warren affirms that he has never been the focus of a racist incident in the QMJHL but has experienced it before, notably in the Midget AAA, by a teammate… He and teammate Emanuelson Charbonneau were targeted. “We were angry, we went to the coach and to the principal. At first we didn’t want to say it, we wanted to put up with the guy. It didn’t work, we thought we’d talk about it. It had consequences. »
Hockey or Science?
Tristan Luneau has almost never played in the QMJHL since signing with the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA. Ultimately, however, he chose Canadian junior hockey. He also admits that, like his father and brother, if a hockey career had been impossible, he would have chosen science. “My father is a chemical engineer in the pulp and paper industry. And my brother is in health biochemistry in pharmaceutical field. He tells me about non-digestible enzymes for insects that can be digested and would replace pesticides. It’s great science! ‘ he says laughing.
- Noah Warren is ranked 33rde among the North American hopefuls.
SOURCE: NHL Central Scouting