Since mid-November, if you believe that the best performances come from players like Trainor, Gagné, , Zykov, Fucale, Gibson, Reway and Barbashev, you’re right. Laurent Dauphin is also among the best rookies in the history of the League. Find out more when you read our numbers below!
TEAMS AT FULL THROTTLE
- Halifax – the Mooseheads need 20 wins in 23 games to be able to equal the QMJHL record of 58. The way they’re playing, nothing is impossible. They just amassed 17 points out of 20 possible! They’ll be at home for 7 of their next 10 games, including 2 this weekend (Sherbrooke on Friday | Québec on Saturday.
- Rimouski – who said that the Océanic would have a hard time playing for .500 this season? They rank 1st in the Telus East Division with 67 points, 1 more than its rival, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Let’s note that the Océanic has just won 6 consecutive games.
- Moncton – the Wildacats are starting to show in their claws after winning 5 consecutive games, scoring 31 goals and allowing only 8.
- Gatineau – many players of the Olympiques were injured this season, but most of them are now back to the game and in good shape. The results are showing on the ice, as the troop led by Benoît Groulx accumulates victories. In fact the Olympiques won 4 consecutive games and 8 out of their last 10 games, as they’re back home to face Rimouski tonight. They’ll host Drummondville on Sunday afternoon at Centre Robert Guertin. Let’s note that coach Benoît Groulx is only 6 wins away from ranking 8th in history, the record of late Ron Racette, with 360 victories in his career in the QMJHL.
- Alexandre Lavoie (RIM) – since he played his 1st game with the Océanic on January 11th, this 20-year-old veteran amassed 15 points in 5 games!
- Félix Girard (BAC) - the Drakkar’s Captain is on fire and is at his best in offensive since he started in the League in 2010-11. He amassed 16 points in 9 games in January, with a differential of +7.
THE 2ND THIRD OF THE SEASON - THE BEST ONES
- The second third of the 2012-13 season - we considered the period from 19 November to January 23 included, and here are the winners for this ongoing season.
- Peter Trainor (RIM) – he is the top scorer in the League for the period, with 35 points; also the top scorer with 17 goals in 22 games. That's why he now ranks third among all the scorers in the League with 70 points.
- Cedric Paquette (BLB) – has also shone: 33 points, a +15 differential and 26 assists in 21 games.
- Kevin Gagné (RIM) - played for the Sea Dogs for a while, then was traded to the Oceanic, but continued at the same pace of 1.4 points per game. The 20-year-old defenseman always shows excellent offensive. His record during the second third of the season was 31 points in 22 games with a differential of +14.
- MacKenzie Weegar (HAL) – the Mooseheads rookie defenseman has become an important element of the team. His differential "Plus-Minus" of +22 is the best of all the players in the League since November 19th, and he now ranks 1st in the League with a total of +35.
- Martin Reway (GAT) – the young Czech teenage sensation, when in the heat of the action in the QMJHL, was recognized as the most productive of the last two months among rookies, having maintained a rate of 1.5 points per game; in 10 games, he has produced four goals and 11 assists, with 5 games of 2 or more points.
- Valentin Zykov (BAC) & Frédérik Gauthier (RIM) – respectively, they collected 32 and 31 points. The Drakkar player scored 13 times, while # 23 of the Océanic has been a leading assist as center player with 25 assists. Both are likely to be strong candidates for Rookie of the Year for the 2012-13 season.
- Ivan Barbashev (MON) - after a difficult start to the season, the Wildcats first choice of the 2012 European draft is finally coming out of his shell, he who maintained an average of one point per game, which translated into 25 points in 23 games since Nov. 19th.
- Zachary Fucale (HAL) - accumulated victories game after game ... 15 wins in 18 decisions, averaging 2.32 ...
- Christopher Gibson (CHI) - best save percentage in the League since mid-November (.919), the average is 2.51, 2 shutouts
- Philippe Desrosiers (RIM) - winning percentage of .824 when he stands between the posts; 14 wins in 17 decisions… an average of 2.58 and an efficiency rate of .910 for the 1st year junior goaltender.
- Marvin Cüpper (SHA) - a rookie sensation, who greatly helps the Cataracts: a save percentage of .912, a goals against average of 2.99, while two of his four victories were gained by shutout.
- Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (SHE) - 9 wins in 18 decisions (.500) and is rather difficult to break through since he blocked 91.2% of shots in the last 2 months.
- Konrad Abeltshauser (HAL) - on January 18th, against Québec, he became the record holder of the Mooseheads for the most points by a defenseman in career with this team, supplanting the mark of Jasmin Gelinas (130). The German defenseman is three games away from the 200 plateau, all played with the "Moose" with 132 points. http://184.108.40.206/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=F9SRPTSPPPPuDVIED-E&lang=fr
- Laurent Dauphin (CHI) - has recently established a new record for a rookie Sags, namely the most game-winning goals in a season. He’s now at 9. In 1976-77, Louis Sleigher had accumulated 7.
- Valentin Zykov (BAC) – as Dauphin, he beat the record for the most winning-goals by a first year player with the Drakkar. He’s got a total of seven so far, while the old team mark was that of Louis-Philippe Martin (6 | 2001-02).
A LITTLE HISTORY
- Guy Provost (Drummondville Rangers) - it happened on January 29th, 1971, almost 42 years ago ... It was then the second time that a rookie defenseman in the League amassed 4 points in a single game, and it was Provost, a Boucherville native, who equaled the mark recorded during the opening season of the League (1969-70) by Steve Johnson of the Trois-Rivières Dukes.
Recently, we’ll remember that rookie defenseman MacKenzie Weegar from the Halifax Mooseheads just earned as many points as Provost and Johnson, on January 18th against the Québec Remparts... But the record was reached before in 1977-78 by Normand Rochefort from the Trois-Rivières Draveurs, and had been increased to 6 points in one game, a mark that became almost unattainable for a first year defenseman!