The future of the QMJHL is upon us. Going strictly off the QMJHL CSR’s Final List, I dive into some quick analysis on the 2022 draft class. Over the next few weeks, I will be providing some analysis/reports on players for the first three rounds as well as some draft eligible prospects from Atlantic Canada.
(RSD/LSD = Right and left shot Defencemen, LCG = Left catching goaltender, RSF/LSF Right and Left shot Forward)
Tomas Lavoie, 6’3 RSD College Esther-Blodin Phenix: Exceptional skater for his size, incredibly agile, tremendous gap control and stick positioning, takes great routes to pucks, will need to get a slight step quicker to really excel and show is full potential, pro prospect, he won’t light the world on fire offensively, but very confident and composed with the puck on his stick, solid puck skills, physical, two- and half zone defender, tremendous release,
Gabriel D’Aigle, 6’3 LCG St- Hyacinthe Gaulois: Big square netminder, incredibly composed, athletic, and very good technically, challenges the shooter well, down a little early at times, but is extremely quick and agile for his size, good rebound control and solid downlow, will have to continue to work on his recovery, might need some refinement on his blocker and trapper side, but an is an incredible talent
Sacha Boisvert 6’1 LSF Rhode Island Saints: Great speed and agility, reads the play very well, good two-way center, will have to work on the defensive side of things, body and stick positioning to ensure he plays Top 6 minutes at the next level next year as a 16, great puck skills, good in traffic. Wicked release, natural goal scorer, quick silky hands and very confident in traffic, Will have to get stronger upper body wise to ensure he wins puck battles in all three zones at the next level.
Justin Poirier 5’6 RSF Chateauguay Grenadiers: Fantastic skater, amazing edge work, speed for days, processes the game extremely well, great two-way presence, isn’t scared to go to the dirty areas of the ice to create time and space, dynamic release especially on the left dot on the power play. Hard and accurate shot, will have to get stronger upper body wise to make sure he wins his share of puck battles at the next level,
Eliot Litalien 6’1 LSF Seminaire St-Francois Blizzard : Solid skater, great puck skills and patience with the puck in all three zones, great hands in tight or in one on one situations, solid two way player, good vision and a very underrated passer and distributor of the puck, Will need to work on some explosiveness to excel and be a top 6 center at the next level, but definitely possesses all the tools to be a dominant power forward at the Q level,
Adam Fortier-Gendron 5’10 LSD College Esther-Blodin Phenix: Solid stay at home shut down two-zone defender that can also bring some offensive upside to the game, he’s an extremely strong skater, transitions the puck very well, great first pass, good stick and awareness in the D-zone. Gaps up very well, will have to a little quicker and more explosive to excel at the next level, but that will definitely happen naturally,
Quinn Kennedy 5’9 LSF Halifax Macs: Extremely cerebral player, tremendous hockey sense, great playmaker and individual skills, relentless on the forecheck and in all three zones, hunts pucks, solid two-way presence, good in the face-off dot, possesses an extra gear at any time, great escapability and puck skills in traffic, hard accurate shot, will need to get stronger from an upper body perspective to ensure he excels at the next level and wins puck battles at the center position
Julien Lanthier 5’11 LSD St-Eustache Vikings : solid skater, good puck skills and good first pass, can play both sides, looks comfortable on the right side, great poise on the offensive blueline, creative with the puck, good gap control and very active stick, will have to get more explosive to reach his full potential at the next level, but possesses all the tools to be a solid two and half zone defender at the Q level. Good instincts to jump into the play, very good heavy shot from the point position
Xavier Veilleux 6’0 LSD Seminaire St-Francois Blizzard : Good skater, solid edge control, two way transitional two and half zone defender with an exceptional first pass, very good gap control and has the ability to play both sides with relative ease, type of defencemen that can skate for days, can log and eat big minutes in every situation, great patience and composure with the puck in all three zones, like every young defender he could continue to work on his skating to get a half step quicker to fully excel at the next level, possesses great instincts to jump into the rush and isn’t scared to take the puck below the dots in the offensive zone to create,
Owen Phillips: 5’10 RSD Pittsburgh Pens Elites: Strong skating two and half zone D-man, solid puck skills, great gap control and good first pass, very active stick in the defensive zone, great instincts and thinks the game extremely well, good shot from the point, Phillips plays a similar style to that of Sea Dogs defender Charlie Desroches
William Shields: 5’9 RSF Bishop Kearney Selects: Strong fast skater, quite agile and great edge control, solid puck skills, thinks the game well, solid release, brings lots of energy, good two-way player with offensive upside, needs to get to the middle more to ensure he reaches his full potential at the next level
Raoul Boilard 6’0 LSF Magog Cantonniers : good skater, good puck skills, solid hockey IQ, good release, very creative, has great vision and playmaking ability, fantastic in the faceoff dot, can play both forward positions, but is probably more comfortable playing the middle, will have to work on his explosiveness and getting to the middle of the ice more and engaging more to generate offense at the next level,
Spencer Gill 6’2 RSD Moncton Flyers: Spencer Gill is on a similar trajectory to that of his older brother Rouyn-Norada Huskies 1st rounder Dyllan Gill The similarities are truly uncanny, but Spencer is on his own path in the game. Gill’s poise with the puck and ability to make tough plays look routine jump off the page. He’s not the fastest player on the ice, but he’s definitely one of the smartest. Gill has the foundation to be solid two and half zone defenceman at the next level. Gill takes solid routes to pucks, hits the open man with relative ease and is willing to take a hit to make a play in all three zones. By no means is he explosive, he’s very tactical with and without the puck. Gill’s decision making and poise with the puck is extremely similar to that of his brother. His feet are very good and will get better as he matures and gets stronger. A quicker first step will serve him well, Gill will have to work on his shot to increase its effectiveness from the point, he does possesses a very accurate wrister and snap shot from the point position, but that needs to get harder to be able to score and generate rebounds at the junior level. He can eat massive amounts of minutes in every situation, will need to get stronger from an upper body position to inflict some damage on forwards below the dots, but definitely has the frame and stature to do it.
Maxim Masse 6’0 RSF College Notre-Dame Albatross: strong skater, quite agile for his size, great puck skills and patience and creativity in traffic, very good on the half boards in his own zone, power forward potential, plays a heavy two-way game, will need to work on his foot speed reach his full potential at next level. Type of player that can play up and down the lineup and fulfill any role or identity when called upon. Possesses a fantastic pro release, and great hands in tight, as the potential to score a ton of goals by going to dirty areas of the ice every time out. If he gets a half step quicker look out, he could become a monster point getter at the Q level.
Thomas Desruisseaux 5’10 LSF Levis Chevaliers : strong skater, good foot speed and agility, solid puck skills in traffic, responsible two-way presence, would bring tons of energy and skill to any line up, goes to the dirty areas of the ice and is comfortable to create time and space and offence for himself and his linemates, solid accurate release, very smart player with an extra gear of speed in open ice,
Jeremy Leroux 5’8 RSF Stanstead College: strong skating winger, plays a lot bigger than his size, great compete level, solid hockey IQ, processes the game very well, has great instincts, pucks and a very good release, could play up and down any lineup, brings tons of energy and skill every time he steps on the ice, will have to get a little stronger to reach his full potential at the next level, but definitely possesses all the attributes to be an extremely effective player at the Q level.
Justin Carbonneau RSF Levis Chevaliers : Great skater, quick, agile and powerful stride, solid puck skills and patience with the puck, good hands in tight and a very good passer of the puck, solid on the half boards in his own zone, doesn’t shy away from the dirty areas of the ice, another player that could skate for days, will need to get a little stronger on both sides of the puck to ensure maximum performance at the Q level.
Mathieu Taillefer 6’0 RSD St-Hyacinthe Gaulois: Ultra smooth skating transitional defender. Great instincts for the game, solid gap control and very active intelligent stick, great patience and composure with the puck, good release from the point position and very good first pass, This kid can skate for days, very impressive player, like any young defender, he will have to get a little stronger to win his share of puck battles at the next level, Taillefer isn’t going to the light the world on fire offensively and that’s perfectly fine, this kid is going to be a fantastic two zone defender with grit and puck moving capability. These days everyone wants offense from the backend, but what’s more important, scoring a bunch of points or keeping the puck out of your net, Mathieu Taillefer will keep pucks out of his net and plays the game the right way every time out.