This week, you have access to a great deal/amount of interesting data, after the official team alignments were issued for the 2nd half of the 2012-13 season. What is the typical profile we come up with after compiling the data of our 424 regular players? On average, the QMJHL player is 18.1 years old, 6’00” and 186 lbs. To view all the QMJHL alignments, visit this section: http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/page/equipes-lhjmq.
WHERE ARE OUR ATHLETES FROM?
- No less than 87% of the players were born in Canada and the vast majority of these Canadians are form the province of Quebec (256 players), which confirms that 60% of the QMJHL players come from the Quebec territory.
- Among the Atlantic Provinces, Nova-Scotia has the most representatives in the League, with 36 players; followed by New-Brunswick (25), Newfoundland (16) and Prince Edward Island (9).
- No less than 29 other players come from other Canadian provinces, mostly from Ontario (26).
- As for the countries, the Czech Republic and the United States provide each 14 players to the QMJHL, followed by Russia with 9.
- Even if 124 18-year-old players, the highest percentage for an age group (29.9%) play in the QMJHL, let’s not forget that more than a 3rd of the League’s players are considered as “rookies”.
- The team with the highest age group is Val-d’Or (18.5 years), which translates into eleven 19-year-old players and only 3 rookies for the Foreurs.
- The youngest team is Cape Breton with a 17.8 years average. This is not a surprise knowing that the team puts regularly on the ice five 16-year-old players.
- Shawinigan and Sherbrooke both have a lot of rookies; 15 each (62.5% of their complete alignment).
- The youngest player of the QMJHL is Anthony Richard (VDO), who celebrated his 16th birthday on December 20th.
- The most mature! The veteran, the oldest player in the League, Cédrick Henley, is also from the Val d’Or Foreurs and just turned 21 on January 10th.
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT
- A minority – only 7% of the players are 5’08” or less, while the same percentage of the players is 6’04” or more. The average player of the League is 6’0 and 186 lbs.
- The Halifax Mooseheads gather the most imposing players in terms of size (72.5 in or 6’00″1/2 and weight (193 lbs.).
- Gatineau has the smallest players (71.3 in and 181 lbs.).
THE MOST IMPRESSIVE STATURES
- Philippe Sanche (BLB) – is the smallest player in the QMJHL at 5’05”, before Conor Garland (MON) and Alexandros Soumakis (GAT) 5’06”.
- David Hunter (QUE) – this Remparts defenseman is in fact the tallest player in the League at 6’07”. Five other players are 6’06”, including goaltenders Jack Flinn (SHE) and Philippe Trudeau (VDO).
- Blake Millman (QUE) – one of the Québec Remparts lastest acquisitions is the heaviest in the QMJHL, weighing 236 lbs. Mathieu Boily (SHE) and Samuel Roussy (CHI) are the heaviest defensemen (235 lbs.).
- Nikolas Brouillard (DRU) – this Voltigeurs defenseman is currently the lightest in the League at 148 lbs. Antoine Masson, another Cataractes player, weighs the same.
- Valentin Zykov (BAC) – the name resonates across the league these days; his offensive performance is electrifying (17 points in his last 6 games). The young Russian forward is only 4 goals away from the team record of 32 by a rookie of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. This record was established by Louis-Philippe Martin in 2001-02. http://22.214.171.124/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=F11SRButBPBPRE1SaD-E&lang=fr
- Etienne Marcoux (BLB) – his next shutout will be his sixth in career and his second this season. He will equal the record of the franchise (St.John ‘s / Montreal / Blainville-Boisbriand), owned by Jake Allen. http://126.96.36.199/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=F37SRBLAP1V&lang=fr
- Simon Tardif-Richard (GAT) – will try to continue his streak of seven consecutive games with at least one goal tonight at home, while the Olympics will host the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
- Guillaume Asselin (CHI) – got at least a point in his last 8 games …
2013 NHL DRAFT, THE LIST…
- Skills in the QMJHL! – Judging by the latest list released this week by the NHL Central Scouting, these mid-season standings for the next Draft of the National Hockey League rank obviously the big headliners, Seth Jones (WHL), Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin (QMJHL). Several other players from the QMJHL currently seem to have a very good rating in the eyes of scouts, which reminds of the record year of 1998 when 7 QMJHL players were called in the first round: Read … (FRENCH) http://www.nhl.com/ice/fr/news.htm?id=650263&navid=nhl:topheads | (ENGLISH) http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=649829&navid=nhl:topheads