Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

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.

Manix Landry shift by shift courtesy of Loïc Rainville

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2021 NHL Draft Class

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BirthdatePosNameGPGAPTeam
2003-01-15RWOlivier Nadeau2162026Shawinigan
2003-08-06RWJoshua Roy23141125Sherbrooke
2003-03-13CJustin Robidas22111223Val D’Or
2003-05-14FCole Huckins1571219Acadie-Bathurst
2002-10-22RWXavier Bourgault1612719Shawinigan
2003-05-15LWZachary L’Heureux179716Halifax
2003-09-01CRobert Orr237916Halifax
2003-01-29LWViljami Marjala1631316Quebec
2002-10-11LDWilliam Trudeau216915Charlottetown
2003-01-20LDEvan Nause1821315Quebec
2002-11-27RWWilliam Dumolin216814Rimouski
2003-03-25CRiley Kidney155813Acadie-Bathurst
2003-05-05LDCameron Whynot214913Halifax
2003-05-01LWJames Malatesta186612Quebec
2003-02-24CZachary Bolduc175712Rimouski
2003-03-12LDTyson Hinds203811Rimouski
2003-05-04LWCam MacDonald14549Saint John
2003-05-18RDOscar Plandowski21189Charlottetown
2003-01-20CPeter Reynolds15448Saint John
2002-11-26LDIsaac Belliveau23358Gatineau
2002-11-23FManix Landry15437Gatineau
2003-01-04CZachary Dean11347Gatineau
2003-04-28RWAnthony Bedard18257Shawinigan
2003-09-03CLorenzo Canonica10516Shawinigan
2003-04-07LWCole Foston13246Halifax
2003-01-07LDCharles-Antoine Pilote13246Moncton
2003-05-31CAlexis Morin20336Drummondville
2002-11-25COleksii Myklukha10145Rouyn-Nouranda
2003-02-18CMaxime Pellerin14325Victoriaville
2003-04-03RWAndrew Belchamber13235Baie-Comeau
2003-02-02CDomenic Leblanc13123Moncton
2003-01-29CAlexei ProkopenkoGatineau

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2022 Draft Class

BirthdatePosNameGPGAPTeam
2004-03-21CMarkus Vidicek2471320Halifax
2004-01-02CJames Swan248816Halifax
2003-11-06CNathan Gaucher1661016Quebec
2004-04-15CJordan Dumais2151116Halifax
2004-07-04CSam Oliver215813Charlottetown
2004-07-28LWAntonin Verreault1731013Gatineau
2003-12-30LWAlexis Gendron17639Blainville-Boisbrand
2004-06-18RWDonovan Arsenault25459Rouyn-Nouranda
2004-07-11CJustin Cote20549Drummondville
2004-03-04LDJake Furlong24088Halifax
2004-03-25LDJeremy Langlois19257Cape Breton
2004-01-12RDTristan Luneau15257Gatineau
2004-02-29LWYoan Loshing13336Moncton
2004-03-25CSamuel Savoie17213Gatineau
2004-07-15RDNoah Warren16022Gatineau

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