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By Yannick St. Pierre 06/26/20

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“For the first time in several years, the QMJHL boasts the #1 rated prospect by many heading into 2020 Draft. The league in general isn’t very deep in terms of overall quality this year but no one has more hype around him than Lafrenière. He has the potential to be a franchise player and generational talent. By the time the draft rolls around next June, he should be the 1st overall pick despite an extremely deep draft class”.  – The OilKnight

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#1.

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, you should know that Alexis Lafrenière should be the best player drafted from the QMJHL for the draft in 2020 in Montréal. Even at 17 years old he already displays a very polished and mature game reminiscent of a young Sidney Crosby. Explosive skater, tremendous skill and offensive instincts, with an elite work ethic. Expectations are very high for him next year and I have no doubt that he will live up to those as the best player in this draft class. He will have a much bigger role with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. Potential Superstar.

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#2.

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I have a pretty good feeling that these two players will sit at the top of the rankings all year. I expect Justin Barron to be easily the best Defenceman in the QMJHL for draft eligible players this year. Skating is the name of the game and Barron is an amazing skater. He has an excellent blend of agility, fluidity and technique. Skating looks effortless for him and I expect him to be playing a tons of minutes next year and contribute in all areas. He’s also an excellent puck mover with great offensive instincts. Led all Draft eligible d-men in the QMJHL in points with 41. Will compete with Jamie Drysdale for the right to be the top drafted CHL defenceman in 2020

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#3.

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Hendrix Lapierre is one of my favorite players from the draft this year. In fact, I think I might end up buying his jersey. Chicoutimi will be stacked this year and should be one of the most fun teams to watch. Lapierre struggled a little bit with injuries last year but the sky is the limit for this kid. He can skate like the wind and he will be an absolute killer in transition. He is also one of the best playmakers in the whole draft, not only the QMJHL. He will need to get stronger which should help him improve his shot and prevent injuries. He only had 45 pts last year but don’t let those numbers fool you. No doubt in my mind that he will have a breakout year. He will finish the year with 50+ assists easily. There is some clips from last year where he carried the puck from end to end, he reminded me a bit of Connor McDavid. Not the same skill level but he has really high upside. The former 1st overall pick in the Midget draft, Lapierre won offensive rookie of the year in the “Q” last season. 

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#4.

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A Newfoundland native, Dawson Mercer is one of the older players for this draft class and you can clearly see that he is way ahead of everyone in his development curve. There is a real PRO vibe to his game. He has good speed and a big shot. Not real flashy, but goes hard to the net. It will be interesting to see how he does next year without guys like Joe Veleno and Maxime Comtois moving on along with a couple of overages also no longer on the team. Mercer will undoubtedy get a ton of ice-time and he should be able to score a lot of goals even if Drummondville won’t be very good. His game remind me a little bit of Kyle Turris.

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#5.

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I watched Mavrik Bourque play a lot last year and I wasn’t super impressed. He played on a terrible team but was put in a very good position to shine playing with the team’s best winger in Jan Drozg and on the first PP unit since day one. He did lead all 2020 draft eligibles in points with 54, including 10 PP goals. He doesn’t have a super heavy shot but owns a quick release and it is very accurate. For me, he will need to improve his play without the puck and be more involved in the play. He was often a passenger and wasn’t creating enough for my liking. He is pretty good on the faceoff dot but other than that he doesn’t play like a center. Like most prospects he needs to bulk up. Plenty of offensive ability makes him an intriguing draft option. 

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#6.

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I really like how Theo Rochette improved throughout the course of last season. He reminds me a bit of 2019 draftee Alex Turcotte though might not be quite as good defensively yet. He does everything pretty well but nothing really elite that stands out to his game. He’s a quick skater who displays good vision and owns a very good wrister. An underrated playmaker at this point. Very solid in all areas. It should be a good battle this year with he and Mavrik Bourque, they are pretty close right now in my opinion.

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#7.

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Players in Saint John were very hard to evaluate last season. They got demolished pretty much every game and 16 yr old Jérémie Poirier struggled defensively for most of the year. He does have some very exciting tools though. Nice size, with good skating and above average puck skills. I would like to see him either get better defensively next year or take a major step up offensively. High upside but he does come with a little bit of risk. The Sea Dogs should be much better so it’s possible he takes a giant leap forward in his draft year. 

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#8.

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If he plays all year with 2019 draftee Samuel Poulin in Sherbrooke next year, Patrick Guay he will produce a ton of offence. Last year, he physically struggled a little bit as a 16 yr old so will definitely need to get stronger in that area. He’s small and is soft on the boards but he has one nasty wrist shot. Kind of like Cole Caufield, you wonder how they are able to generate that much power behind their shot given that they are short and light. Guay is a riskier pick because he doesn’t bring much more other than offence. If he doesn’t put points on the board next year he will slip very fast on my board as he’s too one-dimensional at this point. 

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#9.

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Lukas Cormier is someone I will need to be very careful of because he did have a very solid season offensively last year. He projects as an excellent puck mover with good puck skills & is a smooth skater.  I struggled a little bit at projecting him to the next level but he’s definitely an intriguing player that I need to watch more during next season. Note: Cormier had the most goals for a 16 yr old defenceman in the CHL last season and the 6th most goals (15) in the history of the CHL at that age. 

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#10.

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Pretty mature for his age, Charlie DesRoches plays a very solid 2 way game. I would like to see a bit more from him offensively but he is ahead of Cormier and Poirier on the defensive side of things. I’m just not sold on the upside yet but he is certainly one of the more talented draft eligible blueliners in this league. He did manage 10 goals in 59 games

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