One of the hottest teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League right now is the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
The Armada is currently in first place in the Q, having already won 19 of its first 26 games. The team is also an outstanding 8-2-0 in its last 10 games, and boasts the league’s best power play percentage this season.
Up there with the Armada are teams like the Rimouski Oceanic, and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. For Rimouski, their 2017 first overall pick, Alexis Lafrenière, has been nothing short of brilliant in his highly anticipated rookie season.
For Acadie Bathurst, NHL prospects Antoine Morand (Anaheim Ducks) and German Rubstov (Philadelphia Flyers) are playing key roles for their team. While these two teams have well-known players contributing for them, it’s a whole different story for the Armada.
So, who is leading the Blainville-Boisbriand squad? Look no further than two 20-year-old undrafted forwards named Alex Barré-Boulet and Alexandre Alain.
Barré-Boulet came over to the Armada last year in a trade from Drummondville where he had spent two full seasons. He had a career-high 89 points in 65 games in 2015-2016, and he is on pace to surpass that total this season. In 25 games, Barré-Boulet is now up to 22 goals and 23 assists. It’s also worth noting that he is only seven goals away from matching the amount of goals he had in all of last season. At the time of writing these lines, Barré-Boulet is currently enjoying a jaw-dropping 18-game point streak!
On the other hand, team captain Alexandre Alain, formerly of the Gatineau Olympiques, has been absolutely explosive this season. He’s already scored 14 goals and has 20 assists in the 25 games he’s played. That puts him less than 20 points away from having back-to-back seasons in which he’ll have amassed 50 points or more for the Armada.
The production that these two 20-year-old forwards are delivering for Blainville-Boisbriand is at an elite level and “the Alex’s” are out to show that they can be relied upon as big-time players.
And so far, it’s mission accomplished for both Alain and Barré-Boulet!