Wed. Jun 16th, 2021

By Loïc Rainville

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  • A grade: 1st round
  • B grade: 2nd/3rd round
  • C grade: 4th/5th round

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Top 10 Best Prospects

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1 – Zachary Bolduc: C / 6’1 / 175lbs – Rimouski Océanic

My number one player from the QMJHL since day one. Despite no elite trait in his game, Bolduc is a shooter-first forward with no flaw nor red flag. He shows great anticipation and offensive aptitude; plus he also plays with intensity and emotion. No risk at all with a player like this, he shouldn’t go past the top-20. Can be found trying too much, though, is he really to blame since Rimouski is at 7 wins and 94 goals against in 27 games played… 

Grade: A | Viewings this season: 13

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2 – Evan Nause: LD / 6’2 / 186lbs – Québec Remparts 

Hard working and talented defenseman who finally found his way into his new league; 10 points in 10 games lately in February. Solid on transition and great footwork. Still needs to refine his defensive positioning and not overcomplicate things. Nause looks very much like a 1st round candidate.

Grade: A | Viewings: 13

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T. 3 – Manix Landry: C / 5’11 / 178lbs – Gatineau Olympiques 

Dedicated two-forward who outworks anyone on the ice. Landry doesn’t have the highest offensive ceiling, however, he’s such a workhorse and can skate like the wind. His game can be easily resumed into skating and competing.

Grade: B | Viewings: 14

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T. 3 – Xavier Bourgault: RW / 6’0 / 172lbs – Shawinigan Cataractes

A player who disappointed at the beginning of the season due to his lack of commitment. However, since 2021, Bourgault shook things up and became a dominant presence. His skating looks much better since, same for his compete level. He remains an incredible passer and precise shooter; a real lethal player offensively. Yet, his defence and, especially, his lack of pace are quite concerning.

Grade: B | Viewings: 14

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T. 3 – Zach Dean: C / 6’0 / 176lbs – Gatineau Olympiques

Third forward to be tied at 3rd, and probably the best puck handler of this list. Dean is a smart offensive player who loves to dictate the attack. Strong hockey IQ and isn’t scared to get physical. Agile skater though his speed doesn’t jump off the page. 

Grade: B | Viewings: 11

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6 – Oscar Plandowski: RD / 6’0 / 190lbs – Charlottetown Islanders

An aggressive two-way defenseman who goes simple with the puck. Likes to support the attack and to finish his hits. Plandowski has a good hockey sense and can easily anticipate plays. Quiet yet effective defender. 

Grade: B | Viewings: 14

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7 – Lorenzo Canonica: C / 5’11 / 179lbs – Shawinigan Cataractes 

After representing Switzerland at the WJC this Christmas, Canonica is now on the wing of Vasily Ponomarev (Carolina) in Shawinigan. Creative rounded player with decent skating; can well play with and without the puck. 

Grade: B | Viewings: 5 

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8 – Tyson Hinds: LD / 6’3 / 178lbs – Rimouski Océanic 

6’3 defender who moves well. He wins his board battles, has a nice intensity level and is striking defensively. Hinds blossomed after his trade and is now at 10 points in 11 games with his new team. A lot to love, but also a lot to refine. 

Grade: C | Viewings: 11

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9 – Cameron Whynot: LD / 6’1 / 180lbs – Halifax Mooseheads

Offensive defenseman who’s slowly improving his defense. Great agility, but his speed doesn’t really follow. A bit weak on the covering and the physicality. Still, Whynot has a good passing vision and knows how to beat the pressure. 

Grade: C | Viewings: 14

10 – Olivier Nadeau: RW / 6’2 / 204lbs – Shawinigan Cataractes 

Big forward with his heart in the right place. Nadeau always gives his best and he’s a devoted 200-foot player. A playmaker forward; his offensive production is flowing well with 20 passes in 23 games (27 points total). Skating remains a weakness, even though it improved drastically compared to last year. 

Grade: C | Viewings: 11

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Other primary 2021 eligible prospects: 

Cole Huckins & Riley Kidney (Acadie-Bathurst) – Connor Trenholm (Cape-Breton) – William Trudeau (Charlottetown) – Isaac Belliveau & Alexei Prokopenko (Gatineau) – Zachary L’Heureux & Robert Orr (Halifax) – Viljami Marjala & James Malatesta (Québec) – Peter Reynolds & Cameron MacDonald (Saint John) – Anthony Bédard (Shawinigan) – Joshua Roy & Israel Mianscum (Sherbrooke) – Justin Robidas (Val-d’Or) – Maxime Pellerin (Victoriaville) 

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Recap

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