By Sean Patrick Ryan & Loïc Rainville
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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This week, Manix Landry proved to many why we have been hyping him for so long. He followed up a very solid 2 point effort on Saturday, with a 4 point effort on Sunday which included him scoring a hat trick (2 goals were shorthanded). His wide range of skills were on full display this weekend – Speed, vision, stickhandling, hockey IQ, work ethic, 200 foot game & finishing ability. He truly is the most complete 2021 prospect coming out of the QMJHL this season, and has solidified his status in our Top 32 at the end of the year (- SPR). Shift by shift from Saturday here.
Landry’s teammate Zach Dean is also heating up. He’s scored in 4 straight games and has 10 points in his last 5 contests. His game is bit more turnover prone and while his decision making can be spotty at times, he might have the bigger upside offensively. Of note, the two typically play on different lines at even strength but both play on the top powerplay.
Meanwhile in Shawinigan, Xavier Bourgault continues his hot streak and has now risen to 2nd place on the leaderboard. He’s scored a very impressive 20 goals in 25 games and has all the makings of a 1st round pick, though consistency (especially work ethic at both ends of the rink) is still a bit of an issue.
Saturday’s contest was a pretty ordinary game for Zachary Bolduc. He registered two points yet nothing too impressive to report overall. He should stay in motion more often, especially on breakouts, and give better support. He was strong on the forecheck with his active stick and almost always forced indirect passes. Clearly, I believe he’s not 100% himself on the wing though. They tried him RW and now LW, but since then, I feel he hasn’t been as dominant as previously when he was the center. His implication and intensity level might significantly upgrade just with this switch. His skating and defensive game should be a better use down the middle in my opinion (- LR).
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2021 NHL Draft Class
|2003-03-13||C||Justin Robidas||31||15||16||31||Val D’Or|
|2003-01-20||C||Peter Reynolds||21||8||9||17||Saint John|
|2003-05-04||LW||Cam MacDonald||20||6||4||10||Saint John|
Jacob Melanson, drafted 15th overall by Québec in 2019, is back in action with the Titans after a serious injury. So far, he shows a lot of grit and is a decent skater. Melanson hasn’t played much since the last two years, however, similar to Adam Raska, he might be a 7th round option depending on how he progresses over the course of the shortened season.
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2022 Draft Class
|2004-03-25||LD||Jeremy Langlois||19||2||6||8||Cape Breton|
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