The National Hockey League (NHL) selection camps have started and who says selection camps also says future talents on the way. This year, 69 QMJHL players have the chance of participating in many NHL teams’ training camps.
When comparing with last year, a total of 17 more QMJHL players who were invited this season. The young players from the Q will all have a chance at displaying their skillsets in the hopes of reaching their ultimate goal; to one day perform in the NHL.
It’s a total of 25 professional teams that will be hosting the QMJHL’s young prospects amongst their ranks. On the Q side of things, only the Sherbrooke Phœnix will unfortunately not be seeing any of its players in the NHL training camps.
Of the 69 participants, 38 players find themselves in training camp after receiving the honour of being drafted by an NHL franchise, while the other 31 have turned enough heads to earn themselves a camp invite.
The quantity of talented players coming out of the QMJHL has not ceased to impress. A return to the junior ranks for most of the aforementioned players over the next few weeks will guarantee a quality product for the QMJHL’s 50th season.
Here is an overlook of the players invited to the various NHL team camps.
Chart of invited players, sorted by NHL team:
||Hunter Drew (CHA); Justin Ducharme (CHI); Maxime Comtois (DRU); Benoit-Olivier Groulx (HAL); Antoine Morand (HAL); Simon Benoit (SHA).
||Pierre-Olivier Joseph (CHA); Mika Cyr (MON); Jeremy McKenna (MON).
||Cédric Paré (RIM); Justin Bergeron (ROU).
||D’Artagnan Joly (BAC); Dmitry Zavgorodniy (RIM).
||Luke Henman (BLB).
||Nicolas Beaudin (DRU); Jake Ryczek (HAL); Alexis Gravel (HAL); Philip Kurashev (QUE).
||Samuel Asselin (HAL); Egor Sokolov (CAP); Sam Dunn (QUE).
||Adam McCormick (CAP).
||Nicolas Guay (DRU); Joseph Veleno (DRU); Jared McIsaac (HAL); Filip Zadina (HAL).
||Olivier Rodrigue (DRU); Ostap Safin (HAL).
||Michal Ivan (BAT).
||Marc-Olivier Duquette (DRU); Shawn Boudrias (GAT); Alexander Khovanov (MON); Dereck Baribeau (QUE).
||Joel Teasdale (BLB); Alexander Katerinakis (BLB); Aleksi Anttalainen (BLB); Samuel Houde (CHI); Samuel Harvey (ROU).
||Pavel Koltygin (DRU).
||Jérémy Groleau (CHI); Xavier Bernard (DRU); Jocktan Chainey (HAL); Dylan Seitz (MON).
|New York Islanders
||Noah Dobson (BAT); Arnaud Durandeau (HAL).
||Kevin Mandolese (CAP); Jonathan Aspirot (MON); Gregor MacLeod (DRU); Charle-Edouard D’Astous (RIM).
||Mitchell Balmas (CAP).
||Jan Drogz (SHA); Alez D’Orio (SJS); Tristan Côté-Cazenave (VIC).
||Evan Fitzpatrick (BAT); Mathias Laferrière (CAP); Peter Abbandonato (ROU); David Noël (VDO).
||Ivan Chekhovich (BAC); Vladislav Kotkov (CHI); Zachary Emond (ROU).
||Gabriel Fortier (BAC); Walter Flower (HAL); Radim Salda (RIM).
||Zachary Bouthillier (CHI).
||Xavier Bouchard (BAC); Rafael Harvey-Pinard (ROU).
||Samuel L’Italien (BAC); Leon Gawanke (CAP); Jimmy Huntington (RIM).