Hundreds of young players from the midget and high school hockey levels will have their dream of putting on a QMJHL jersey come true at the 2018 QMJHL Draft. The QMJHL presents the 10 top Quebec prospects eligible to be selected this weekend.
The following are the 4th, 5th and 6th top available prospects from Quebec.
Jérémie Poirier: a fourth forward
I’d say 31 points in 40 games for a defenceman isn’t too shabby, wouldn’t you? Whenever Jeremie Poirier was on the ice for the Chateauguay Grenadiers it was no exaggeration to say they had four forwards out there.
“He’s very comfortable in transition. His passes are crisp and precise and he plays with a lot of finesse. The most impressive thing about him is his wrist shot. He is very dangerous and above average. You simply cannot let him shoot from the top of the circle,” explains Carl Bouchard from QMJHL Central Scouting before adding how Jeremie’s defensive game also progressed this year.
Poirier sees action in any and all situations from the power play to shorthanded. He likes to carry the puck and exemplify his leadership.
“I try to set the example on the ice and with my attitude. I can stand up in the dressing and address my teammates when the situation calls for it,” explains Poirier.
He likens himself to Erik Karlsson.
“I think with the way I see the game is strong and my first pass is good, but for the comparison to hold true I need to improve my skating. I will be working on my explosiveness this summer,” says Poirier.
Mavrik Bourque: the most complete player from the Mauricie region
The fifth-ranked prospect, Mavrik Bourque is a product of the Midget AAA Trois-Rivières Estacades. He helped his team reach the final of the Coupe Jimmy-Ferrari by piling up 46 points in 40 games during the regular season then added 21 points in 14 playoff games.
“He was his team’s spark plug. He is a good skater and really protects the puck well. He is an excellent playmaker and can also score goals. His play along the boards is surprising for a player his size. He is difficult to handle in one-on-one situations. I think he plays a more intelligent game than most players his age,” says Bouchard.
As the holders of the third overall pick in this year’s draft, might the Shawinigan Cataractes be tempted to surprise everyone by opting for the local kid?
Thomas Bordeleau: will a team be willing to take the risk?
QMJHL Central Scouting considers Thomas Bordeleau the seventh-best prospect heading into this year’s draft. That being said, it would be surprising to see him chosen at that rank. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder has decided to pursue his career in the U.S. following his 65-point harvest in 38 games with the Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix.
“His hockey sense is above average and he makes the players around him better. He is a strong skater who is hard to cover and shut down. He’s got excellent hands and great vision on the ice,” describes Bouchard.
With such qualities, it wouldn’t be completely shocking to see a team take a chance on him with a later pick then go about trying to lure him to the QMJHL to change his mind.