Nathan Gaucher (Quebec Remparts), Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi Saguenéens) and Jakob Pelletier (Val-d’Or Foreurs) are the three finalists for the 2020-2021 Guy-Carbonneau Trophy awarded to the best defensive forward.
Past recipients of the trophy include current NHLers Phillip Danault of the Montreal Canadiens and Nicolas Roy of the Vegas Golden Knights.
The trophy is named after Sept-Iles, QC native Guy Carbonneau, who played four seasons in the QMJHL with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, and won three Frank-J.-Selke awards while playing in the National Hockey League. He was inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame in 2001 after posting phenomenal numbers (274GP-171G-264A) in his major junior career. Last year, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame after a career of 1,318 NHL games.
In his sophomore season, Nathan Gaucher recorded 31 points (14G-17A) in 30 regular season games. A first round pick in the 2019 QMJHL Entry Draft, he ended the season with a +6 differential, a significant improvement for the Richelieu, QC native who finished with a -15 ratio in 2019-2020.
Following his first round selection by the New Jersey Devils, Dawson Mercer returned to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens and led them to third overall in the QMJHL standings. The Bay Roberts, NL native registered 19 goals and 17 assists in 23 games, before adding another 17 points during the President Cup Playoffs. He also maintained a +15 differential throughout the 2020-2021 campaign.
Calgary Flames top prospect Jakob Pelletier had a tremendous season for the Foreurs. Val-d’Or finished second in the overall standings and he is currently trying to lead his team to a President Cup victory. The forward led his team in points with 13 goals and 30 assists in 28 regular season games. The Foreurs’ captain also posted a +25 differential.