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 Maritimes Division this year.
Cape Breton Eagles
- Winger Tyler Hinam made the long trek from Rouyn-Noranda to Cape Breton during this year’s holiday trade period. A 2019 Memorial Cup winner with the Huskies, the fourth-year veteran spent the last of his 281 games with the Eagles, posting 20 points in 21 games.
- After stops in Charlottetown and Gatineau, Shawn Boudrias made his way to Cape Breton in December of 2018. His fifth and final campaign in the “Q” was special as the Minnesota Wild prospect set new career benchmarks for goals (35) and points (79).
- Hometown boy Derek Gentile came home during the 2018-19 holiday trade period after stints in Quebec and Charlottetown. A veteran of 357 regular season and playoff games, Gentile capped his career off with 57 points in 60 games.
- Center Ethan Crossman was a traveller during his five-year QMJHL career. He wound up with the Isles, his sixth team, where he put together 19 points in 26 games. One of his previous stops was in Acadie-Bathurst, where he captured President and Memorial Cup Championships in 2018.
- Brendon Clavelle came to Charlottetown as a free agent invite in 2017. He left as a veteran of 202 “Q” contests, including an extended playoff run while patrolling the blueline with the Islanders in 2018.
- Few players have departed the QMJHL with as decorated as career as goaltender Matthew Welsh. After five seasons, 138 regular season and playoff victories, 13 shutouts and the all-time minutes played record for netminders in the league, Welsh’s legacy has been firmly cemented.
- After five seasons and 326 games on the blueline with Quebec and Moncton, Christian Huntley completed his final QMJHL season by posting 27 points and a +33 differential in 61 games for the league’s top defensive squad.
- Center Mika Cyr wrapped up his major junior career with 58 points in 64 games. A veteran of 223 regular season and playoff games, Cyr will be sticking around town for a while yet after committing to the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus for the following season.
- It was a long, successful “Q” run for Jeremy McKenna, one that wrapped up with 40 goals and 82 points in just 57 games. Overall, the Calgary Flames prospect leaves the league with an impressive 305 points in 282 regular season and playoff games.
Saint John Sea Dogs
- Winger Jeffrey Durocher suited up for 29 of his final 336 QMJHL contests in the Port City. After stops in Gatineau and Rimouski, Durocher racked up a respectable 25 points in his half-season with the Dogs.
- A veteran of four “Q” seasons, goaltender Zachary Bouthillier wrapped up his major junior career with a season and a half in Saint John. The Maple Leafs prospect notched a career high 19 victories while donning Sea Dog blue this year.
- A free agent signing by the Dogs in 2017, center Nicholas Deakin-Poot completed his third and final campaign in the league with a new career high in points (33) and +/- (+2) in 51 games while serving as an assistant captain for Saint John.
*NOTE: With the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Halifax Mooseheads already officially eliminated, we thanked their 20-year-olds in the previous article found here.