By Sean Patrick Ryan
Welcome to the weekly scoring leaderboard for the QMJHL! Here we update you with all the stats for the 2021 & 2022 draft classes so you can track them all year long. Be sure to visit back regularly as we try and profile a different prospect each month. Also, be sure to follow @Rainvlo2 on Twitter and subscribe to his channel on Youtube for frequent highlights and exclusive shift by shift analysis!
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Not much going on this past week as several Quebec teams are still not back in action. So here are a few random draft thoughts:
Shawinigan is such a fun team to watch. Their top line is centered by NHL 1st rd pick Mavrik Bourque. He’s flanked by 2021 draft eligibles – Xavier Bourgault & Oliver Nadeau. The 2nd line is centered by NHL 2nd rd pick Vasili Ponomarev. He’s flanked by 2021 draft eligibles Lorenzo Canonica & Anthony Bedard. That top 6 alone gives draft enthusiasts plenty to watch each game.
Speaking of Olivier Nadeau, he reminds me a bit of Zayde Wisdom in Kingston. Hard-working, physical player who’s surrounded by talented players but needs to work on his skating. Nadeau has sneaky skill though and high upside if his skating & conditioning improve over the next couple years. He’s strong in puck protecting & along the boards. He battles hard & has soft hands. He looks like a strong mid round pick right now.
Zachary L’Heureux is likely going to slip out of most 1st round rankings eventually (he’s been 2nd-4th rd in ours). He’s strong below the circles but his game away from the puck is highly questionable, his work ethic is spotty & his decision making (specifically taking dumb penalties and multiple suspensions) is likely going to hurt his draft stock.
We’ve been big fans of Manix Landry so far, but he needs to increase his offensive output especially with Zach Dean out, or he will undoubtedly remain a mid round pick in many people’s eyes. The NHL translatable skills are there he just needs the production to go with it. Hard to find anyone in this draft who works harder than Landry does. He’s a strong skater & reliable in all 3 zones. But, averaging only 2 shots a game in his draft year is not good enough. He has a nice shot & release just has to unleash it more.
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2021 NHL Draft Class
|2003-03-13||C||Justin Robidas||22||11||12||23||Val D’Or|
|2003-05-04||LW||Cam MacDonald||14||5||4||9||Saint John|
|2003-01-20||C||Peter Reynolds||15||4||4||8||Saint John|
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2022 Draft Class
|2004-03-25||LD||Jeremy Langlois||19||2||5||7||Cape Breton|
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