In Halifax, the “Moosemania” is back, so is spectacular hockey! The Mooseheads have seen their young talents MacKinnon, Drouin and Fucale dominate the lists issued this week by the NHL Central Scouting for the 2013 Entry Draft! On the other hand, if you don’t remember Martin Gélinas, we’ll identify some key elements that led the Olympics to retire his #20 jersey tonight at the Centre Robert-Guertin.
TEAMS AT FULL THROTTLE
- Halifax – what a striking force! The Mooseheads score an average of 5.3 goals per game. They have won their last 11 home games, including the last one against a tough opponent, an unequivocal win 6-2 versus the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. With a powerful play where the puck travels from one blade to the next at the speed of light, their performance is now 30.9%, the best in the QMJHL, just before the Quebec Remparts (30.7%). Drouin, MacKinnon and company have a perfect record of 10-0 against the teams in their division. They will host their Nova Scotia rivals, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles tonight at 7:00 pm.
- Quebec – the Remparts registered 8 victories out of their last 10 games. During a typical Remparts game, players of both teams involved are usually imposed 21.9 penalty minutes on average, while the average for the League as a whole is 33.4 penalty minutes… On the other hand, the performance combined “Power play – 30.7% / Shorthanded – 83.9%” of the Remparts shows an impressive efficiency of 114.6%.
- Blainville-Boisbriand – the troop led by Jean-François Houle seems to take full control of the TELUS West Division with 38 points, 9 above the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. With 5 consecutive wins, the Armada will visit the Olympiques tonight…
- Gatineau – the Olympiques have just won 3 straight games, allowing only one goal in this sequence. Note that they have already scored 9 shorthanded goals this season and they are the League’s leaders in this category, tied with PEI and Rouyn-Noranda.
- Alexandre Lavoie (CAP) – is now ranking 3rd of all scorers in the league with 41 points, 2 behind the leaders Duffy and Currie (PEI). His sequence of 16 consecutive games with at least one point is still active, the highest in the League this season; Anton Zlobin (VDO – 15) is ranks 2nd …
- Dmitri Jaskin (MON) – the 6’03 and 205 lbs player is experiencing a great month of November, with 17 points in only 7 games! He has risen recently in the 10th place of scorers in the league with 37 points (18 +19). His rights belong to the St. Louis Blues in the NHL; he was their 2nd round pick in 2011.
- Stefan Fournier (HAL) – did you know that 64% of his goals were scored during powerplays? The Mooseheads captain actually scored 9 of his 14 goals with an extra player…
- Taylor Burke (GAT) – another captain expert in special units … In his case, he imposed himself shorthanded, having counted 5 goals in these situations, even adding an assist. His differential of +13 is by far the best in the Olympiques, ahead of his teammate, defenseman Michael Beauregard (9).
- Alexandre Chênevert (BAC) – the Drakkar defenseman displays the best differential “Plus-Minus” among QMJHL defensemen this season (+17). He is tied with Steve Gillard from the Mooseheads. In November alone, Chênevert displays a +11…
- Etienne Marcoux (BLB) – with 54 wins during his career, he’s rapidly approaching the franchise record (St.John ‘s/Montreal/Blainville-Boisbriand) for the highest number of victories for a goalie (55, Jean-François Bérubé, Montreal, from 2008 to 2011)
- Michael Nishi (GAT) – his sequence without allowing any goals continues (120 minutes and 56 seconds). He shut out the opponent in his last 2 starts. The record of “perfection” for a goalie of the Olympiques is 170:15 (Frédéric Malette | 1997-98).
- Guillaume Asselin (CHI) – shows regularity in offensive on the road; he obtained at least one point in each of his first 12 games of the 2012-13 season abroad. In fact, 16 of his 28 points (57%) were amassed on opposing rinks. He’ll have the chance to continue his momentum tonight while the Saguenéens visit the Victoriaville Tigers.
- Raphael Bussières (LAC) – the 2nd round pick of the Minnesota Wild (NHL – 2012) experienced an incredible sequence, having scored at least one goal in each of the last 7 games of the Drakkar. He is a major contribution to the recent success of his team, which just saw its streak of 15 games without defeat in regular time end when it lost in Halifax on Wednesday.
- Zachary Fucale (HAL) – with 48 wins since his debut in the League last year, he is about to become the fastest 17-yeat-old goalie to reach the plateau of 50 wins in the QMJHL.
- Allain Saulnier (MON) – the next point will be his 200th career point in regular season with the Wildcats, and he will become the 6th player in the organization to accomplish the exploit. Sébastien Roger is the Moncton franchise leader of all times, with 326 points. See record … http://22.214.171.124/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=F10SRPTSPPPPJOVIED-E&lang=fr
- Mario Durocher (VDO) – will be standing behind the bench of a QMJHL team for his 600th game as head coach tonight when the Foreurs host Acadie-Bathurst. This is relatively rare in the League’s history, considering that only 15 before him reached that mark. http://126.96.36.199/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=LLHJMQSRPARPPAVIEDEQ&lang=fr
- Patrick Roy (QUE) – as for him, he will lead his 500th game tonight with the Remparts. He is en route to an 8th consecutive winning season. He’s been sharing since last season the QMJHL record (7) with Ghislain Delage and Clément Jodoin…
A LITTLE HISTORY
- Martin Gélinas (Hull Olympiques) – this Shawinigan native deserves the tribute that will be paid to him this evening at the home of his former team, the Olympiques! Sweater #20 of this exceptional skater will be retired and will hang from the ceiling of the Centre Robert-Guertin. During his first season in 1987-88 when he played 65 games, his contribution of 131 points and 63 goals are two statistics that are still in the record books for a rookie of the franchise. These figures earned him the title of the offensive rookie of the year in the QMJHL, this just before being selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, the 8th overall pick by the Los Angeles Kings. Just weeks after being selected, on August 9, 1988, he was involved in the “Wayne Gretzky” mega-deal and he began his long career with the Edmonton Oilers, playing 1273 games in the National Hockey League. With the Olympiques, he won the President Cup in 1988 and in 1990; just two years later with the Oilers, he won his only Stanley Cup. See the details: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8447091