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Road to the 2021 NHL Draft | Top 10 Prospects of April

 

The year of uncertainty continues for the 2021 NHL Draft class as countless prospects are trying to make the best out of the extremely difficult situation surrounding the global pandemic. While some high-end players have already seen their seasons come to an end, others are still hoping a lengthy run in the QMJHL playoffs will help boost their draft stock.

This month’s prospects are listed in alphabetical order:

Olivier Adam |G| Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
A 6’3’’ athletic goaltender, Olivier Adam has all the makings of a solid prospect between the pipes. The 18-year-old carried the bulk of the load for the Armada this season, ending the campaign with a 12-10 record, a 3.30 goals against average and a .898% save percentage. Adam is very agile, has good technique and moves well for his size. He’s an aggressive netminder who always challenges the shooter. The right-hander has a solid glove but will have to work on his quickness to reach his full potential at the pro level.

 

Attilio Biasca | LW | Halifax Mooseheads
It took the native of Zug, Switzerland some time to find his way in the QMJHL, but all signs point to Biasca having a much larger impact now that he has more experience with the North American game. The forward hasn’t lit the world on fire offensively for the Mooseheads but continued to provide a skilled two-way presence in the lineup. In 19 games, the 18-year-old gritty winger finished the season with two goals and six assists. At 5’11’’and 185 pounds, the Swiss import certainly doesn’t shy away from the dirty areas of the ice. He possesses solid puck skills in traffic and good vision, but will have to continue to work on his quickness and explosiveness to reach his full potential at the pro level.

 

Lorenzo Canonica | C | Shawinigan Cataractes
The Lugano, Switzerland native has put up impressive numbers so far this season for the Shawinigan Cataractes. In 24 games, the 20th overall pick of the 2020 CHL Import Draft had six goals and 10 assists. The highly skilled center skates extremely well and possesses solid puck skills and a high hockey IQ. The 18-year-old has also been a reliable two-way presence this season, something that should translate well to pro game.

 

Tyson Hinds | LD | Rimouski Oceanic
A change of scenery has strengthened Tyson Hinds’ overall game and draft stock after the Gatineau, Quebec product was acquired from the Shawinigan Cataractes in January. At 6’3’’ tall, Hinds plays a gritty shutdown game. His ability to generate smooth transitions with smart timely passing is what sets him apart from other defensemen in the QMJHL. In 23 games with the Oceanic, the sophomore defender had six goals and nine assists with a +10 differential.  Hinds isn’t flashy, he plays the game and the position the right way but, like so many other defensive prospects, he will have to continue to work on his skating and mobility to excel at the next level.

 

Manix Landry | LW | Gatineau Olympiques
Manix Landry had a stellar campaign. The hard-working skilled winger competes in all three zones and has put up impressive numbers this season. In 29 games, he’s scored 10 goals and added 13 assists to go along with his +10 ratio.  At 5’11’’ and 178 pounds, Landry plays a lot bigger than his size would indicate. He also skates and sees the ice extremely well. The 18-year-old forward has a very bright future in the game and possesses the skillset and determination to be a solid pro for many years.

 

Marshall Lessard | RW | Val-d’Or Foreurs
The 18-year-old gritty forward from Sherbrooke, Quebec plays the game the right way. The speedy winger plays a lot bigger than his 5’10’’, 180-pound frame would suggest as he’s always engaged and plays an in-your-face style of game. Lessard plays in every situation for the Foreurs and is accountable in all three zones, which will undoubtedly translate to the next level. In 28 games this season, the three-year veteran has 10 goals and nine assists and is a +9. But don’t let the offensive numbers fool you, this kid comes to play every night.

 

Viljami Marjala | C | Quebec Remparts
The 18-year-old from Oulu, Finland is a slick playmaker with great offensive instincts and skills. The smooth-skating center has adapted very well to the North American game. In 30 games this season, he scored five goals and led the Remparts with 22 assists all while being a reliable two-way element. His vision, passing ability and shot are definitely among his strongest attributes. Marjala will have to keep getting stronger and more explosive to excel and reach his full potential at the next level.

 

Israel Mianscum | LW | Sherbrooke Phoenix
At 6’2’’ and 190 pounds, Israel Mianscum makes an impression every time he steps on the ice. The power forward from Mistissini, Quebec plays the game with an edge. In 22 games this season, Mianscum scored seven goals and added three assists. The 18-year-old is a hard-working two-way winger who possesses a powerful skating stride coupled with solid puck skills. He has a very deceptive release and great speed on the outside.

 

Oleksii Myklukha | C | Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Oleksii Myklukha might not have had incredible offensive numbers this season, but he’s very well known for being one of the smartest forwards in the QMJHL. The 18-year-old from Bialistok, Poland finished with four goals and nine assists in 24 games for the Huskies. With more experience in the North American game, the crafty center will no doubt have a larger impact offensively in years to come. At 5’10’’ and just 156 pounds, the skilled playmaker will have to get stronger to reach his full potential at the pro level.

 

Miguël Tourigny | RD | Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Miguël Tourigny can flat out play the game and excel at his position. The Victoriaville, Quebec product hasn’t given up on his dream of reaching hockey’s highest level even if he was passed over in last year’s NHL Draft. At 5’8’’ and 165 pounds, NHL scouts obviously question Tourigny’s size, but they have never questioned his compete level or skill. In 32 games this season the highly skilled offensive defenseman scored an impressive 15 goals and added 21 assists. The veteran blueliner’s skating and passing ability are second to none.

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