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NHL Draft: Nathan Gaucher and Maveric Lamoureux selected 22nd and 29th

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MONTREAL – Maveric Lamoureux wiped the tears from his cheeks on Thursday by covering his distance from the leaders of the Arizona Coyotes. They had entered into a transaction with the Edmonton Oilers to be able to welcome him into the family with the 29And choice to draft.

“My legs wanted to let go when I heard my name,” said the likeable Drummondville defender Voltigeurs. At first I didn’t really realize it. There I realized it was me, everyone started screaming. At that moment I realized it was really happening. It is my childhood dream come true. “

Colleague Stéphane Leroux reported that last May, Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong traveled alone to Boisbriand to observe Lamoureux during a series match between Armada and Voltigeurs.

At the end of an evening in which he had also selected forwards Logan Cooley (3And) and Morgan Geekie (11And), Armstrong attributed the discovery to Larry Pleau, a former general manager of the St. Louis Blues who now serves as a coyote advisor.

“Larry is a longtime mentor. He saw Lamoureux and loved it, said the DG. [Maveric] he’s a great player, his game can be inconsistent, but Larry and our Quebec scouts kept talking and pushing him. He has achieved good results at the Combina and is a guy who intrigues us. But he is a project, he will need time to put all the pieces in place. “

In numerous interviews over the past few months, Lamoureux (6’7 “, 199 lbs) has compared himself to St. Louis Blues defender Colton Parayko, a 6’6” Wall who was drafted in the third round in 2012. Armstrong, who he at the time was the director of amateur scouting for the Blues, on Thursday he drew the parallel.

“He’s a smart guy,” he replied, smiling, when told that his new perspective agreed with him.

Lamoureux won his bet to be the first QMJHL guard selected in 2022. Tristan Luneau and Noah Warren, of Gatineau Olympiques, have been seen as the ones who could potentially steal this record, but will have to return to Center Bell on Friday to discover the their next destination.

The Lamoureux draft may not be finished yet. Even his good childhood friend, Sudbury Wolves forward David Goyette, is still available after being dropped in the first round. “I don’t know what the next steps will be, but if I can, I’m sure I’ll come back to encourage him,” the friendly boy planned.

Left-handed the first Quebecer

Nathan Gaucher began to feel the effects of nervousness midway through the second round. And the closer he got to the Anaheim Ducks round, the more intensely his heart was beating.

His little finger was telling him he might be the California team man. He had had three meetings with his leaders and “we got along very well in the interviews. So yeah, I was a little more stressed about Anaheim’s choices, ”admitted the first Quebecer to hear his name on the Bell Center speakers on Thursday.

Gaucher, who counted on an entourage of sixty people in the stands, will have avoided unpleasant surprises. NHL Central Scouting ranked him 16thAnd ranked among the best North American prospects and its release was scheduled for the end of the first round. His name finally came out of the hat at 22And rank.

The tall red received warm applause as he walked over to shake hands with Commissioner Gary Bettman. “The fans screaming, clapping their hands, you don’t realize it. You say to yourself, ‘Okay, are these cries for me?’ “, He saw him again, incredulous.

The Ducks are nearing the end of a rebuilding cycle that should begin to bear fruit soon. The 2022 draft was the fourth in a row in which they possessed a top-10 pick.

Gaucher then joins one of the deepest pools of hope on the Bettman circuit. His name joins those of forwards like Isac Lundestrom, Trevor Zegras, Jacob Perreault and Mason McTavish. Quebecers Benoît-Olivier Groulx and Maxime Comtois are also part of the project inherited from the new general manager Par Verbeek.

“They have many talented players, skills, so I think I can complete it with my physical strength, my playing style and my work ethic. I think I’ll be good ‘in shape‘”, Anticipated the great Quebec midfielder Remparts, recognized as one of the best defensive forwards in QMJHL last season.

“They have a great future and I find it exciting.”in the end‘. “

“I am extremely happy”

“The legs were about to drop! “

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