The Quebec League should be well represented in the Canadian junior squad
This is not to say that Q has not offered some of the most important players in the country's tournament history, but the numbers don't lie. The statistical truth is that OHL and WHL almost always put more men on the team.
But according to the CHL's list of subways coming to Russia yesterday, this year may be an exception to the rule. To begin with, Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads) and Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic) played for Team Canada last year so they are back.
It is also above average that McIsaac has several Moosehead teammates with him. BO Groulx and forward Raphael Lavoie have both been to Hockey Canada for a summer camp, as have Justin Barron and goalkeeper Alexis Gravel. These invitations always indicate that your candidate must be taken seriously.
Age and recent appearances should also work to the benefit of these players. Groulx and Lavoie are currently tearing up the league and, like Gravel, are the perfect age for a tournament when they are 19 years old. Barron is only 18, but so was McIsaac last year when he made Team Canada. Barron has been on Hockey Canada radar for some time
It's also a strong year for Q-gates. It wouldn't be a surprise if Gravel and Olivier Rodrigue both shut down their jobs, like the peak in the 1990s and early 2000s, when the best junior goalkeepers were often in Quebec. & Nbsp;
Rodrigue Moncton Wildcats teammate Jakob Pelletier gets a long look even after he was in the top five of the 2019 NHL drafts. He finished seventh in QMJHL last year and is a terrific player for special teams.
The same goes for Gabriel Fortier, a Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward. He can play in any situation, he has outstanding speed and is a great team player. These are all features that Team Canada desires.
Samuel Poulin was the second quarterback in Quebec to win this year's first round (21st overall, Pittsburgh Penguins) and is the second-year captain for Sherbrooke Phoenix, which should give him a long look.
Otherwise, defenders Justin Bergeron (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies), Maxence Guenette and Xavier Bouchard (Drakkar) are less prominent because they play in smaller markets, but junior hockey players know their value, just like outfielder Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda) and Nathan To Legare. (Baie-Comeau). They are all high quality players whose value Hockey Canada employees know.
Hendrix Lapierre of Chicoutim's Sagueneens Center tore it up for Canada in the last international tournament under 18, and it's a hidden talent that could make her think. He is only 17 years old, so he has to overcome to get to the trial camp, but it is known to have happened before with other blue-white.
He last played for Joe Veleno last year but is now with the Detroit Red Wings Farm team in the American Hockey League. Former captain of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Saint John Sea Dogs this year would be Canada's leader if the wings chose to release him to the tournament. I would go so far as to say that Wings has no good reason not to release him.
If you put it all together, you might be conservatively evaluating whether the five Q players are strong bets on the team and maybe as many as eight or nine will make the final paragraph if all goes well. That would be a huge win for the league.
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