Everyone’s focused on the Canadians’ first choice in the next draft and rightly so. However a good Quebec skater can join the Montreal club well before the end of the opening round.
According to the final rankings released by Central Recruitment on Thursday, three players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ) are likely to be drafted in the first round. Forward Nathan Gaucher, from Quebec Rimports, is clearly part of the lat, while there are also two defenders, Maverick Lamourex from the Drummondville Voltaigers and Tristan Luno from the Gatino Olympics.
The names Gaucher, Lamorex and Luno fall to 16 respectivelyAnd20And And 24And Ranked on the list of North American skaters.
In addition to the first choice, Habs is guaranteed to be in the top 3, having the first round selection of Calgary Flames acquired in a transaction related to Tyler Tofoli last February.
Considering that various international players will also be drafted before Canadian speaks, it is clear that some or all of these products from La Belle Province may also be available.
Forget Logan Mailloux
Inevitably, Flames, who finished sixth overall in the National League, will end up among the 27 picks.And And 32And Rank based on their performance in the playoffs.
For reference, North Americans Chase Stillman, Zachary Dean, Logan Mylox and Nolan Allen 29And30And31And And 32And In a recent draft. However, these are 35 respectivelyAnd21And23And And 40And On this last list of vintage North American skaters.
Among the goaltenders, the top-ranked QMJHL producer is Ivan Zigalov, a Belarusian who plays with the Sherbrook Phoenix. Cubeser Vincent Phillian of the Monkton Wildcats may also be drafted in July, but much later.