This week, we’re watching Mathieu Joseph (PHOTO) who could become the first player to reach 20 goals this season. Mooseheads’ Maxime Fortier is on fire with 10 points in 2 games! Do you know which rookie goalie of the Western Division has never lost in the last 5 games all while maintaining a 1.23 average?
TEAMS AT FULL STEAM
- Gatineau – Mario Duhamel’s club has won five of its last six games. The offensive awakening during this last streak (26 goals for) has given them the opportunity to beat some good teams: Halifax, Rouyn-Noranda, Shawinigan, Drummondville, Val-d’Or… the Olympique will be visiting the Shawinigan Cataractes with Alex Dostie at the helm with 10 points during last week’s 3 games. An important duel awaits even though the Cataractes (.684) have lost 4 consecutive times!
- Chicoutimi – The Saguenéens continue to collect points, having won each one of their 6 games.
OFFENSE STRIDES IN THE QMJHL
- 7 goals per game – that’s the standard of the five last starts of the season in the QMJHL (6.99 to be precise!). While comparing the 2 first months of each season….
- 2016-17 – this season the average of goals per matchup is 7.02. That’s a slight drop from last season in mid-November—when we registered a 7.04.
- 1 out of 5 in November – since the beginning of November, no fewer than 10 of the 51 matchups ended with at least 10 goals scored, the equivalent of 19.6% of matchups. In September/October, only 15.2% of games had 10 goals scored.
- 16 – that’s the number of goals scored between Rimouski and Moncton on October 14, a 10-6 win for the Oceanic in front of a home crowd. Other points were also impressive including the very tight game between Charlottetown and Baie-Comeau which resulted in a 8-7 score on November 3rd.
- Do you remember when the last time 20 goals were scored during a single QMJHL game? It was on November 1st 2013, when the Halifax Mooseheads won a road game 15-5 against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Nikolaj Ehlers, Andrew Ryan and Brent Andrews were the stars of that game with 5 points each, with Jonathan Drouin adding 2 more goals and an assist!
GOALS SCORED PER GAME ON AVERAGE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON
|Last 5 seasons in the QMJHL||944||6596||6,99|
WHO WILL BE THE FIRST 20-GOAL-SCORER?
- Mathieu Joseph (Saint John) – He is leading the league with 19 goals in as many games. He also dominates the penalty kill goals column (4) with James Phelan (Victoriaville) . The Sea Dogs’ and their captain Joseph will visit the Titan tonight and the Wildcats on Sunday. Joseph, who is considered as efficient on both sides of the rink, has already accumulated 31 points (4th place) and has a +/- of +12 (11th) after about a third of the games played…
- Filip Chlapik (Charlottetown) – He is certainly an exciting player to watch. He’s scored 18 times in 19 games. Just like Joseph, he has great chances of reaching the 20 goal mark this weekend. His team is heading to Cape Breton for two games Friday and Saturday.
- Dennis Yan (Shawinigan) – he averages 0.9 goals per game which is second only to Joseph (1.0), and ties him with Chlapik (0.9). He has scored five times in 6 games with the Cataractes. Could he beat the two frontrunners in the race for a 20th goal? Only time will tell! François Beauchemin (Val-d’Or) and the sensational rookie Nico Hischier (Halifax) are also contenders with 17 goals each.
- Maxime Fortier (Halifax) – what a performance he put on with Hischier during this last week. He added 10 points in 2 games to his credit (1+9) to take the lead in scorers with 35. In his case, he is currently listed as the best assist-getter with 25 ahead of Dylan Montcalm who has 24 with Rimouski. Two defencemen follow in this category with 21 each: Samuel Girard (Shawinigan) and Thomas Grégoire (Sherbrooke).
- Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand) – That’s the name we were looking for in our lead: he hasn’t lost any of his 5 games, while maintaining an average of 1.23… He is currently the second goalie with the best results in the League. He celebrated his 18th birthday last July has a GAA of 2.05 and a save percentage of .914 this season… Five of his 7 games so far have been on the road for Montembeault’s backup. He has been undefeated in regulation time during his last 5 games, he’s had 3 wins, with two losses in overtime and one during a shootout; adding 4 games with 2 goals or fewer during this period. It’s worth noting that he’s on his 2nd season in the QMJHL, and is still eligible to win our annual rookie award seeing as though before the start of the last season he had only played 10 games. If Montembeault had worked hard in the shadow of veteran Etienne Marcoux when he first started, it is now Leclerc’s turn to wait before becoming number one with the Armada.
- Zachary Bouthillier (Shawinigan) – the 2nd round pick of the Cataractes in 2015 still shows a perfect scoresheet with 5-0 wins after 6 games in the QMJHL. His stats are very interesting with an average of 2.27 and a save percentage of .911 in 290 minutes. This is not the first time that we see a rookie goalie stay unbeaten. Pierre Perusse holds the title for a 19-year-old rookie goalie having had 12 consecutive wins, during the 1972-73 season. In Bouthillier’s age bracket (17 years old) the mark to beat is 7, established by Eric Pettigrew of the Laval Voisins in 1983-84. Brandon Whitney began his rookie season with 9 consecutive wins in 2011-12, but those were not his first games, having lost twice the previous season.
MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS FOR ROOKIE GOALTENDERS AT THE START
|WINNING STREAK||NAME||TEAM||SEASON||FIRST QMJHL DECISION||AGE|
|7 *||Sévigny, Richard||Sherbrooke||1975-76||oui||18|
|6 **||Herron, Denis||Trois-Rivières||1970-71||18|
* = Richard Sévigny had won 2 games without having lost the previous season, therefore 9 consecutive wins in 2 seasons.
** = Denis Herron had won 1 game without having lost the previous season, in 7 games affiliated in 2 seasons….
- Sorel Eperviers (1973-74) – last week, we mentioned that the Charlottetown Islanders had already registered 4 games with at least 50 shots on net this season. After further researching the matter, my stats colleague Stephae Lajeunesse was able to find 29 games of 50 shots by the Sorel Eperviers during the 1973-74 season. During that season they had scored an outstanding 620 goals – this still constitutes a league record -, an average of 8,86 goals per game!
- During the 2010s – if we limit ourselves to the 6 last seasons, it is the Val-d’Or Foreurs that have known the most games of 50 shots with 6 during their extraordinary 2013-14 season
A BIT OF HISTORY
- Derick Brassard – the Drummondville Voltigeurs will honour him on November 20th by retiring his #61 jersey.
- 257 points – It’s the total amount of points he accumulated in 4 seasons until he was slowed down due to injuries with only 183 games under his belt including playoffs.
- An average of 1.4 points per game during his time in the Q… incredible but true!
- Honours – During his first season in 2004-2005 he was named rookie of the year taking the reins from a certain Sidney Crosby. The following season, he was named Top Prospect for the 2006 NHL Draft where he later was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets as their 1st round pick (6th overall).
- He’s at his 10th season in the NHL already – The Hull native feels at home wearing the Ottawa Senators jersey now. To date in the NHL, he has played a total of 579 games and scored 128 goals adding 221 assists.
- His dad, Pierre! – Derick’s dad, Pierre Brassard, also wore a QMJHL jersey in the 1970s with the Cornwall Royals. He was also a key player finishing top scorer for his team during the 1975-76 season with 130 points in 68 games