On paper, this 2022 vintage doesn’t look historic for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ).
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In his final ranking, TSN’s Bob McKenzie picked two players from the Courteau Circuit among his top 32 hopes: Nathan Gaucher and Tristan Luneau, 28th eache and 32e. His colleague Craig Button does not name any QMJHL products before April 33e Rank.
But in this year, when even the identity of the best prospect is being debated, what are the predictions worth on paper? However, six prospects from the Courteau Circuit attracted enough interest from NHL teams to be invited to Buffalo’s grading camp last month.
Here’s a rundown of these six junior hockey hopes from Quebec.
6’3″, 207 pounds.
16e North American Hope*
“A good player in all three zones who plays on one line,” describes one scout. Sometimes we think we hear the debates about Shane Wright about him, but on a smaller scale, of course. Because everywhere we agree it’s a “safe” choice, but the limits of its potential are leaving many starving. His 57 points in 66 games isn’t his best calling card for a player born in late 2003, but with his size and the way he plays, he has the tools to make his mark outside of the top scorer list alone. Gaucher was invited to Buffalo’s evaluation camp the week of May 30, but did not go as the Remparts were eliminated on May 1ah June.
Olympic Games at Gatineau
6’2″, 189 pounds.
24e North American Hope*
An avid observer expects him to go in the second half of the first round, but most rankings put him in the second round. In fact, his assessment has to take into account that he had to undergo knee surgery, which meant he missed the 2021 training camp. He is described as a “total” defender whose value isn’t just supporting the attack. Yep, in an interview in Buffalo last month, he told us he’s inspired by Charlie McAvoy, the Boston Bruins’ pillar of the blue line. “McAvoy is like Ryan McDonagh. They don’t always make good games for the fans but they do everything they can to win, they help their team and they don’t have enough credit. »
Olympic Games at Gatineau
6’5″, 224 lbs.
33e North American Hope*
Right-handers are always popular. Big too. So there are two cards in Warren’s deck. The athlete from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu also has a perfectly adequate skate. “Once you have a 6ft 5in right-handed fullback who can actually skate, alarm bells go off in scouts’ minds,” writes Hockey Prospects, an independent scouting service, in its annual Black Book. His decision-making remains his main flaw, but there will certainly be teams hoping to work with him on this shortcoming.
6’7″, 199 pounds.
20e North American Hope*
Remember when we told you about the great right-backs? This is also the profile of Lamoureux, a true bombshell of charisma in the interview. That charisma needs to be well known to the entire NHL because 27 of the 32 teams interviewed him in Buffalo last month. His offensive performance is modest, which isn’t a problem in the eyes of a youngster who says he’s inspired by Colton Parayko, the giant who patrols the St. Louis Blues’ blue line. Note that Lamoureux grew up playing two sports: hockey and lacrosse. “Lacrosse has helped me as an athlete, even with double checks! he jokes. Skill, endurance, cardio, it helped because you’re still running. I might need other sports to develop in hockey. »
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
6′, 182 pounds.
60e North American Hope*
Born on September 19, he missed the 2021 draft by four days. His -39 record is striking, but he played on by far the worst team in the QMJHL last season. His intelligence is his greatest strength. Central Scouting ranks him low, but his presence at Buffalo over the past month means several teams have asked to invite him.
6’1″, 183 pounds.
98e North American Hope*
He, too, was invited to Buffalo despite his distant ranking. He is following in his brother Ivan’s footsteps by completing his junior internship at Moncton. And like his brother, he is not afraid to give good shoulders. However, his 42 points in 59 games for a late 2003 vintage indicate limited offensive potential.
* NHL Central Scouting Rankings