The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the 2021–2022 Rookie of the Year. The two finalists are the recipients of the Michel-Bergeron Trophy (Offensive Rookie of the Year) and the Raymond-Lagacé Trophy (Defensive Rookie of the Year). Therefore, this year’s nominees were Jakub Brabenec of the Charlottetown Islanders and David Spacek of the Sherbrooke Phœnix.
Selected in the fourth round by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2021 NHL Draft, Jakub Brabenec was motivated to prove he was a solid future pro player. He certainly didn’t disappoint by finishing first among QMJHL rookies for points (64), scoring 17 goals and adding 47 assists. The Jihlava, Czechia native also scored seven power play goals and five game-winners for the Charlottetown Islanders.
A second round selection by the Sherbrooke Phœnix at the 2021 CHL Import Draft, David Spacek also enjoyed a stellar season. The 6’0” and 180 lbs defenseman scored 12 goals, including eight on the power play, while adding 38 helpers to rack up 50 points in 57 regular season games. He also maintained a stunning +21 plus/minus ratio.
While both players were deserving of the honour, the 2021-2022 QMJHL Rookie of the Year is Jakub Brabenec of the Charlottetown Islanders.