Ahead of the 2018 QMJHL Draft to be held on Saturday in Shawinigan, the QMJHL rounds out its Top 10.
Charles Beaudoin: the top power forward
At just age 15, he stood 6-feet and weighed 168 pounds. Charles Beaudoin has the frame to match his job description.
“He is most definitely a power forward who likes to play physical. He’s got a good shot and he only knows one speed, pedal to the metal. He is a real competitor,” describes his head coach with the Magog Cantonniers, Felix Potvin.
He maintained a point per game average throughout the season. He’s a good skater and he is particularly adept at digging out the puck in the offensive zone.
“He hits opponents regularly and with authority. He’s got an excellent wrist shot that makes him especially dangerous in the slot,” adds Carl Bouchard of the QMJHL scouting department.
Beaudoin is No. 7 on the CSR list but is considered the eighth-best prospect heading into the 2018 Draft.
William Dufour: work ethic pays off
A forward out of Séminaire Saint-François is known for his touch in front of the net and effectiveness along the boards.
“He’s got great hockey sense and he can score goals. His work ethic is exemplary, which helps him often stand out on the ice. He will, however, have to work on his skating and physical strength. He is a power winger in the making at the next level,” believes Bouchard.
Dufour likes to set up his teammates, but he can also score in his own right as his 17 goals and 19 assists this season can attest.
“I suffered a concussion at the start of the season which really slowed me down. By mid-November, I found my rhythm and I never looked back,” explains Dufour.
QMJHL Central Scouting has him slotted as the No. 9 prospect heading into the draft.
Pierre-Olivier Roy: like clockwork
He possesses the reliability and regularity of a Swiss watch. Pierre-Olivier Roy picked up 50 points in 40 games with the Levis Chevaliers.
“He has the speed, hockey sense and the skills to become an excellent offensive player in the QMJHL. He plays in many different situations and is always effective. He can give opponents serious headaches when he’s controlling the puck in the offensive zone,” says Bouchard.
Roy is considered the 11th ranked prospect by QMJHL Central Scouting.
Marshall Lessard: the spark plug
His energy is infectious for all his teammates. Lessard amassed 40 points with the Magog Cantonniers while putting his hard work on display.
“He can really skate and he just never stops! He is in constant movement and is a great forechecker. He’s an energy player with nice skills. He goes to the net and finds his teammates well,” describes Bouchard.
Lessard is considered the 12th-best overall prospect available by QMJHL Central Scouting.