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26 QMJHLers on NHL Central Scouting initial Players to Watch list

Vincent L. Rousseau

 

On Monday, the initial National Hockey League Central Scouting’s list was released and it contains players to watch ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft, held in Montreal, QC at the end of next June.

In total, 26 QMJHL players garnered the attention of the scouting experts. Among the group, four players received an “A” grade as potential first round picks, including potential first overall selection, Alexis Lafrenière.

Slovakian goaltender Samuel Hlavaj, Sherbrooke’s first round pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, is one of six European-born players currently suiting up in the QMJHL that appears on the list.

With five of their players listed by the NHL Central Scouting services, the Saint John Sea Dogs lead the QMJHL with the most prospects to watch, ahead of Chicoutimi and Shawinigan who have three apiece.

Take note that players receiving an “A” rating are projected to be first round selections, players with a “B” rating are projected as second or third round picks, while a “C” rating indicates a candidate for rounds four to six.

Here are the QMJHL players on the initial NHL CSS list:

A BARRON Justin HALIFAX D
A LAFRENIÈRE Alexis RIMOUSKI LW
A LAPIERRE Hendrix CHICOUTIMI C
A POIRIER Jérémie SAINT JOHN D
         
B BOURQUE Mavrik SHAWINIGAN C
B CORMIER Lukas CHARLOTTETOWN D
B MERCER Dawson DRUMMONDVILLE C
B PEETERS Senna HALIFAX RW
B PONOMAREV Vasiliy SHAWINIGAN C
B ROCHETTE Théo CHICOUTIMI C
         
C CREVIER Louis CHICOUTIMI D
C DESNOYERS Elliot MONCTON C
C DESROCHES Charlie SAINT JOHN D
C FRANCIS Ryan CAPE BRETON RW
C GUAY Patrick SHERBROOKE C
C HLAVAJ Samuel SHERBROOKE G
C IVAN Ivan CAPE BRETON C
C LAWRENCE Joshua SAINT JOHN RW
C NICKL Thimo DRUMMONDVILLE D
C PÉPIN Marc-Antoine SHAWINIGAN D
C PINARD Simon BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND C
C POIRIER Rémi GATINEAU G
C RASKA Adam RIMOUSKI RW
C SAVOIE Nicolas QUEBEC D
C STAIRS Dawson SAINT JOHN LW
C VILLENEUVE William SAINT JOHN D

 

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