NHL Draft: Noah Warren and Tristan Luneau join Nathan Gaucher in Anaheim


Jokingly, Noah Warren and Tristan Luneau had envisioned a scenario where they would be drafted by the same team in the NHL Draft. We have to admit that it was foreboding.

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The two Gatineau Olympiques defenders were selected in the second round, eleven choices apart, by the Anaheim Ducks.

Warren was the first to hear his name at 42And grade, then the Ducks announced Luneau’s selection with 53And selection, a few minutes later.

We talked silly about it and imagined we were in the same club. There, it really happens. It’s really fun, ”Warren said.

longtime relationship

The two defenders have known each other for some time. They met at the age of 10 when they played together in summer hockey, then represented Canada at the Lausanne Youth Olympic Games in 2019. The following summer, Luneau became the QMJHL project’s first pick, from the Olympiques. , then the organization then added Warren to its workforce with the eighth pick overall.

“It looks like we’re still the same kids who used to play hockey at 10 or 12 in the Montreal summer tournaments. I have the impression of reliving what we experienced when we were young. We’re at the hotel in Montreal to go to an event, but it’s just a bigger scene there, “Luneau described.

The two friends will therefore remain teammates even among the professionals. However, in the next few years they will probably have to fight together for a job with the big club.

“It will be the same situation as in Gatineau. We can put aside what happens on the ice as well [de] don’t let this interfere with our friendship. Healthy competition is important in a team. It will be the same race in the next retreats.

With left-handed

The day before, the Ducks had also grabbed another Quebecer, Quebec Remparts striker Nathan Gaucher, with 22And total choice.

The Californian team hasn’t hesitated to dive into Quebec court in recent seasons and the presence of Deputy Director General Martin Madden Jr. and Scout Stéphane Pilotte has certainly contributed to this.

“It certainly helps Martin have his residence in Quebec as there is no shortage of views from these players. If a scout in Quebec has no support other than his opinion, it will be difficult to make the final decision to go in this direction. Also, there is Martin Madden senior who stays in Quebec, ”Pilotte explained.

For the latter, however, the origin of Gaucher, Warren and Luneau is pure coincidence.

“We arrive with Pat [Verbeek, le nouveau directeur général de l’équipe], which gives us certain orders in relation to a player model around which he wants to build. It’s rare that in Quebec we have as many guys as big as the ones at the start of the repechage, but it happened this year that they were all guys who fit into the order we had from Pat. It was a perfect match ”.

Selected QMJHL players

1 (22) Nathan Gaucher (Quebec) Anaheim

1 (29) Maveric Lamoureux (Drummondville) Arizona

2 (42) Noah Warren (Gatineau) Anaheim

2 (53) Tristan Luneau (Gatineau) Anaheim

3 (81) Samuel Savoie (Gatineau) Chicago

3 (94) Jérémy Langlois (Cape Breton) Arizona

3 (96) Jordan Dumais (Halifax) Columbus

4 (116) Angus Booth (Shawinigan) Los Angeles

5 (132) Frederic Brunet (Rimouski) Boston

5 (134) Vsevolod Komarov (Quebec) Buffalo

5 (140) Jake Furlong (Halifax) San Jose

5 (145) Patrick Guay (Charlottetown) Las Vegas

5 (152) Marc-André Gaudet (Bathurst) St. Louis

5 (153) David Spacek (Sherbrooke) Minnesota

5 (161) Maxim Barbashev (Moncton) New York (Rangers)

7 (216) Miguel Tourigny (Bathurst) Montreal

7 (220) Alexis Gendron (Blainville-Boisbriand) Philadelphia

7 (223) Dyllan Gill (Rouyn-Noranda) Tampa Bay

7 (225) Ivan Zhigalov (Sherbrooke) Colorado

* Quebecer David Goyette (Sudbury, OHL) was claimed by Seattle Kraken in the second round


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