The great adventure of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies ended a hair of winning the Memorial Cup, beaten in overtime by the immense hope Matthew Tkachuk. Here is the portrait of five of its main stars and their potential, analyzed by a recruiter NHL, bound by professional secrecy, preferred to remain anonymous.
– Left Wing, 6 ft 1 in, 212 lb
– Choice of Round 1, 9 th, in San Jose (2015)
– 87 points, including 34 goals, in 52 games this season in Rouyn and Halifax 29
Meier made a splash in his first training camp in San Jose in September, and coach Peter DeBoer was full of praise for him and spoke of a bright future player for the Sharks. Our recruiter probed for the sake of the cause is the same view. “He will play in the NHL and produce. It does not have the natural ability of a Tomas Hertl, but may be distinguished. He takes to play in a second line, but if his effort varies as his character seems to indicate since it is known, it will be the third line. He reminds me of Max Pacioretty. Both have good skills, a good physique, good straight-line speed, but they have their limitations, which does not prevent Pacioretty produce 30, 35 goals a season. ”
– Defender, 6-foot-2, 207 lb
– Choice of Round 2, the 52 th, in Boston (2015)
– 50 points, including 40 helpers, in 46 games, 40
After their brilliant stroke in the first round and three successive choices between the 14 th and 16 th, the Boston Bruins and their chief scout Keith Gretzky opted for Lauzon in the second round. That left defenseman native of Val-d’Or went from a production of 36 points in 60 games last year with 50 points in 46 games this year. “He will spend two years in the American League to gain muscle strength and work his skating, indicates our recruiter. It will surely reach the NHL because he has character, but his sense of play is average. his neck injury to what extent we will slow down in its adaptation to the next level. It is a sixth or seventh defenseman in my eyes. ”
– Left Wing, 6 ‘, 170 lbs
– Choice of 7th round at 190 th, Ottawa (2014)
– 108 points, including 41 goals, in 62 games, 41
Senators must be rubbing their hands in satisfaction of having fished this little gem in the seventh and final round last year. The arena was almost empty when the name of Perron, the MVP of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, sounded. “Francis Perron has all the tools to succeed, our scout says. It should eventually end up in top 6 in the National League. I would like more robust, but surrounded, he can produce at fair value. Guy Boucher manages well with this type of player. His best asset remains his shot, he shoots quickly. He is still looking for its spaces do not get hit, but it has improved a lot in this area this winter. He must accept to sacrifice if he is to break through. ”
– Centre, 6 ft 1 in, 191 lb
– Choice of Round 3, the 71 th, in Colorado (2015).
– 82 points, including 33 goals, in 58 games, 46 +.
Another player whose production has increased significantly during the winter, from 53 to 82 points, despite 10 fewer games this year in a trio with Perron. The right-handed center originally from Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville was drafted in the fourth round only by the Huskies in 2013, but it grew quickly. No rookie from the Midget AAA has received more points than him in 2014-2015, is 53. “It is a possible third-line player who reminds me of Lars Eller, says our recruiter. However, it must gain physical strength and improve the speed of his feet. His overall speed is good under good reach in his stride. ”
– Defender, 5 feet 10 inches, 170 lbs
– Shunned draft pick, three invitations to NHL camps
– 59 points, including 42 helpers, in 54 games with Quebec and Rouyn
Defenders of Nikolas Brouillard template are not popular among NHL teams. Fog was never recovered, but nevertheless got three invitations to NHL camps for three years in San Jose, Winnipeg and Toronto. The Leafs finally come to give him a first chance in recent days by giving him a contract in the American League. To him to prove himself as Francis Bouillon. We did not give him many chances to break through despite his extraordinary offensive potential. “I doubt he can reach the NHL, said the recruiter. But in 2016, we can not dismiss out of hand a player. Sometimes just an organization believe in you. He skates well enough to succeed and he is skilled with the puck. But in spite of the points he raised in recent years, this is not the type of player who changes the course of a match. Defensively, it will always be difficult because of its size. Ian White is a player similar profile who managed to break through. We’ll see.”