Around the QMJHL: April 10-14

29 QMJHL Players in Final 2017 NHL Central Scouting Draft Rankings

The Canadian Hockey League announced that 157 CHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Final Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft which takes place June 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois. The 157 players includes 142 skaters of the 217 ranked by NHL Central Scouting in North America while 15 of the 31 goaltenders ranked are also from the CHL. 21 of the top 31 ranked North American prospects are from the CHL led by Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings at first overall followed by Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads at number two. The Ontario Hockey League has a total of 70 players ranked, followed by the Western Hockey League with 58 players, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 29 players. All 40 players that competed in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec appear in the rankings including 34 of the top 62 ranked skaters. Full list

CIBC Showdown

This week, the QMJHL’s representative for the Canadian Hockey League’s CIBC Showdown is Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ goaltender Julio Billia. Link

Titan’s George Willett named Hockey Canada U18 Educational Consultant

Acadie-Bathurst Titan academic advisor George Willett will be taking some time away from his duties with the team for a good reason. A retired school teacher and guidance counselor, Mr. Willett was named the educational consultant for the Hockey Canada Under-18 team that will represent the country at the upcoming IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia from April 13 – 23, 2017. Details

Sea Dogs heading to the semi-finals

On Wednesday night, the Val-d’Or Foreurs hosted the Saint John Sea Dogs for the fourth game of their best-of-seven quarter-final series at the Centre air Creebec. Trailing 3-0 in the series, the Foreurs’ season was at stake. A heavy command for Mario Durocher’s team as they were facing the best team in the league. At the end of the game, Val-d’Or lost to a 7-1 score. Charley Graaskamp was the only scorer for the Foreurs. Goaltender Étienne Montpetit made 38 saves on 45 shots. The Foreurs were dominated 226-70 in the shots category. Montpetit received an average of 56 shots per encounter. The undefeated Sea Dogs moves on to the third round.

Gerard Gallant finds himself a new team

On Thursday, the NHL announced the hiring of the first head coach in the history of the new expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights. After being fired by the Florida Panthers earlier this season, Gerard Gallant found a new job. Gallant makes his QMJHL debut as a player. He amassed 321 points in three seasons with Sherbrooke, Saint-Jean and Verdun. Then, the Summerside native, returned in the QMJHL but this time behind the bench with the Saint John Sea Dogs, winning 159 wins in 201 games. He led the Sea Dogs to two President’s Cup titles and a Memorial Cup in 2011.

Canada opens World U18 Championship with 4-1 win over Latvia

MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs/OHL) had a goal and an assist to lead Canada to a commanding 4-1 victory over Latvia to open their 2017 World Under-18 Hockey Championship schedule. Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings/WHL) scored on a first period penalty shot as the two sides came out of the first frame knotted at one. Canada climbed ahead 3-1 on second period goals from Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) and Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm), tallies that came five minutes apart. Entwistle would a goal midway through the third frame to solidify the 4-1 final score as Canada outshot the Latvians 50-18. Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) made 17 saves in goal. Canada returns to action on Saturday against host Slovakia.

Islanders off to the final four

The Charlottetown Islanders are 8 and 0 in the QMJHL playoffs and are off to the third round. They completed the sweep on Thursday night in Cape Breton, as they defeated the Screaming Eagles 5-2. This is the first time the P.E.I. Rocket/Charlottetown Islanders organization has advanced past the second round. The Islanders now sit and wait for the completion of two other second round match-ups to see who they will play.

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