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2019 QMJHL Draft: Quebec’s top of the crop (Part 3 of 3)

When the Châteauguay Grenadiers or the Quebec team at the latest Canada Games needed a big goal, the coach simply had to turn his eyes towards Zachary L’Heureux.

Whether you are talking about game-tying or game-winning goals, L’Heureux knows how to bring his game to the next level in needed situations.

The 5’11” forward just shy of 200 lbs picked up 52 points (21G-31A–52P) in 41 games this past season, before adding eight more in seven playoff games.

Zachary is surely one of the best natural goal scorers of this year’s draft. His character is impeccable. He has carried his team’s offence during the whole season. He’s one of those players who can make the difference by himself, and it’s a safe bet that he will be one of the top five prospects called to the podium of the QMJHL Draft on Saturday.

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Bolduc has developed his individual skills

Hockey is faster and faster. Good skaters with sure offensive skills are the most coveted ones and Zachary Bolduc checks all the boxes.

Trained by former Shawinigan Cataractes head coach Denis Francoeur, Bolduc spent three years in the Collège Marie-de-l’Incarnation Panthers’ program in Trois-Rivières before making the jump at the Midget AAA level with the Estacades. He recorded 54 points in 42 games last season.

In front of the net, or even along the boards, he’s hard to counter with his effective puck protection. Bolduc is already 5’11”. He has time ahead to add muscle to his frame as he currently tips the scales at 163 lbs.

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Gaucher proving he has skill to match size

At 6’2” and 185 lbs at age 15, Nathan Gaucher has everything the recruiters are dreaming of. His physical game is intense and he never fears to charge at the net. Needless to specify that with his size, he usually ends up winning his battles along the boards.

With the St. Hyacinthe Gaulois, he scored 18 goals and added 15 assists in 42 games. He then registered a point per game in six playoff outings. His physical qualities are one thing, but skills are something else. Despite his size, Nathan’s skating is surprisingly impressive and recruiters note that he keeps improving his offensive game. He plays well in all three zones. The Richelieu native shouldn’t have to wait too long this weekend before he gets the opportunity to find out where his major junior hockey journey will take him.

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Mianscum: a true power forward

The Amos Forestiers had a tough season, but even when the sky was getting dark, the sun found a way to break through. Israel Mianscum scored 21 goals and added 14 assists to finish the season with a total of 35 points in 36 games. At 6’01” and 192 lbs, he already possesses a physical maturity. His devastating shot and his acceleration make him a player to constantly watch in the opposite territory. His opponents at the Gatorade Challenge learned it at their expense; he registered 13 points in five games there. The QMJHL’s Central Scouting Agency considers him as the best power forward available in the 2019 Draft.

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