Here we are already at the three quarter mark of the 2013-14 season. The trading deadline has come and gone as rosters are all set as the playoffs draw closer. That being said, predicting which team will end up on top of the QMJHL overall standings is easier said than done.
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- QMJHL – A quick glance at the standings this morning shows that only 7 points separate the No. 1 spot from No. 9. Leading the way is still Blainville-Boisbriand with 61 points but the seventh, eighth and ninth teams (Drummondville, Baie Comeau and Quebec) are all tied with 54 points. The standings are tighter than ever as parity has hit the QMJHL in a big way this season.
- CHECK OUT THE OVERALL STANDINGS – Everything remains up in the air as teams fight to be one of the 16 teams that will punch their ticket to the playoffs. It’s important to note that division winners automatically claim the top three spots according to their point totals.
- Anthony Duclair (QUE) – The super-skilled Remparts forward will be gunning for a goal in an eighth straight game as he closes in the club record. Eric Chouinard (1999-00) and Brent Aubin (2006-07) each strung together nine-game goal streaks for the Remparts.
- Anthony Mantha (VDO) – Fresh off his impressive performance at the World Juniors, Mantha picked up a point in a 23rd consecutive game, tying the club record set by would-be NHLer Jean-Pierre Dumont back in 1997-98. The Baie-Comeau Drakkar will be the visitors at the air Creebec Centre as they look to slow Mantha down which will be a tall order as he continues to lead the league in both goals (37) and points (75).
- Brent Andrews (HAL) – Having reached the 300 regular season game mark for his career on Wednesday, Andrews is only the third player in Mooseheads history to reach the plateau, joining Brandon Benedict (343 | 1998-2003) and Travis Randell (316 | 2007-2012). He is also the active leader in that department among 20-year-olds ahead of: Francis Beauvillier (ROU | 287), Samuel Henley (VDO | 282), Jimmy Oligny (RIM | 277) and Francois Plante (VIC | 274). The league record for career games played will remain intact this year meaning that Eric Betournay can rest easily with his 352 contests.