The unfortunate, premature end of the 2019-20 season has signaled the final QMJHL appearance of many talented players. Today, we reflect on the outstanding 20-year-old players that took to the ice in the Central Division this year.
- Defensive defenseman Mathieu Charlebois landed in Drummondville during the offseason and helped steer a young Voltigeurs squad to a top-three finish in the Western Conference. A veteran of 267 games with five teams, his 18-point output in 2019-20 represented a career high.
- After being acquired from Quebec midway through the 2018-19 season, goaltender Anthony Morrone accounted himself well after being forced into the number one role late in the 2019 postseason. This year, he nearly doubled his career win total thanks to a 23-16 record.
- 204 games after first hitting the ice as a free agent invite of the Volts in 2017, winger Brandon Skubel wound down his major junior career by posting 35 points, including a career best 17 goals, in 50 contests during the 2019-20 campaign.
- Following a trade from Halifax, where he participated in the 2019 President Cup and Memorial Cup Finals, winger Maxim Trepanier posted 21 points in 23 games with the Cataractes, his fourth “Q” team.
- Defenseman Jordan Lepage arrived in Shawinigan during an offseason trade from Rimouski and he produced 21 points in 56 games. The gritty veteran of 249 QMJHL games was a rock on the back end for the Cataractes, Oceanic and Mooseheads.
- Acquired from Gatineau at the trade deadline, winger Charles-Antoine Roy was a solid point per game player, posting 26 points in 24 games with a Sherbrooke squad that finished first overall. A veteran of exactly 200 season and playoff games, Roy totaled 120 points in his “Q” career.
- Winger Alex-Olivier Voyer showed a gradual improvement over the course of five seasons and 314 contests in the league. His overage campaign saw him tally 44 goals, good for second in the QMJHL, as well as 88 points and an unreal +55 differential. Next up is the Universite de Moncton, where he’ll suit up for the Aigles Bleus next year.
- Voyer will have some company at U de M next year as center Felix Robert will trade one blue and white sweater for another. In his fourth season in Sherbrooke, Robert finished top five in the QMJHL in points (92) and assists (56). He finishes second on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 216 points in 219 regular season games.
- Tigres captain Anthony Poulin put forth a responsible, two-way effort in 305 regular season and playoff games. A veteran of back-to-back President Cup Final appearances with Blainville-Boisbriand in 2017 and 2018, Poulin recorded 32 points in 61 games with Victoriaville this year.
- Winger Thomas Ethier was a teammate of Poulin’s on those strong Armada teams of 2016-18. Acquired from Baie-Comeau at December’s trade deadline, Ethier finished his “Q” career with seven points in 23 games in a Tigres sweater.
- After three full seasons of defensive stability, blueliner Jerome Gravel turned up the jets offensively in his overage season, posting 41 points in 62 games, including the second most goals for a Q blueliner with 19. Gravel concludes his major junior career with 285 regular season and playoff contests played with Acadie-Bathurst, Drummondville and Victoriaville.