On Tuesday, the initial NHL Central Scouting’s list was released and it contains some of the top prospects to watch ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
In total, 31 QMJHL players have already garnered the attention of scouting experts. Among the group, a trio of forwards received an “A” grade as potential first round picks, including Rimouski’s Zachary Bolduc, Shawinigan’s Xavier Bourgault and Halifax’s Zachary L’Heureux.
Gatineau’s Emerik Despatie and Victoriaville’s Fabio Iacobo are the only two QMJHL goaltenders appearing on the preliminary list. Six European-born prospects selected at the CHL Import Draft also appear on the list despite having yet to play a game in the QMJHL this season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
With five of their players listed by the NHL Central Scouting services, the Gatineau Olympiques lead all QMJHL franchises with the most prospects to watch, just ahead of the Quebec Remparts who have four themselves.
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 | BOLDUC, ZACHARY – RIMOUSKI – C
A | BOURGAULT, XAVIER – SHAWINIGAN – C
A | L’HEUREUX, ZACHARY – HALIFAX – LW
B | BELLIVEAU, ISAAC – RIMOUSKI – LHD
B | CANONICA, LORENZO – SHAWINIGAN – C
B | DEAN, ZACH – GATINEAU – C
B | MALATESTA, JAMES – QUEBEC – LW
B | NAUSE, EVAN – QUEBEC – LHD
B | PLANDOWSKI, OSCAR – CHARLOTTETOWN – RHD
B | REYNOLDS, PETER – SAINT JOHN – C
B | ROBIDAS, JUSTIN – VAL-D’OR – C
B | ROY, JOSHUA – SAINT JOHN – RW
B | WHYNOT, CAMERON – HALIFAX – LHD
C | BELZILE, THOMAS – ROUYN-NORANDA – LHD
C | *BIASCA, ATTILIO – HALIFAX – C
C | BIGGAR, ZACH – ACADIE-BATHURST – LHD
C | *BRABENEC, JAKUB – CHARLOTTETOWN – LW
C | DESPATIE, EMERIK – GATINEAU – G
C | HINDS, TYSON – SHAWINIGAN – LHD
C | HUCKINS, COLE – ACADIE-BATHURST – C
C | IACOBO, FABIO – VICTORIAVILLE – G
C | *KASHNIKOV, EVGENII – GATINEAU – LHD
C | KIDNEY, RILEY – ACADIE-BATHURST – C
C | LANDRY, MANIX – GATINEAU – C
C | MACDONALD, CAMERON – SAINT JOHN – C
C | *MARJALA, VILJAMI – QUEBEC – LW
C | MIANSCUM, ISRAEL – SHERBROOKE – LW
C | *MYKLUKHA, OLEKSIY – ROUYN-NORANDA – C
C | *PROKOPENKO, ALEXEI – GATINEAU – C
C | ROUSSEAU, WILLIAM – QUEBEC – G
C | TRUDEAU, WILLIAM – CHARLOTTETOWN – LHD
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