For some reason hard to explain, Quebec has never been a great breeding ground for defenders. And this, even if the Belle Province quality full-backs have set foot on the NHL tracks.
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This is still the case today. Last season, only 11 Quebec defenders played at least 50 games on the Bettman circuit. Six others were limited to six and fewer.
This rarity does not surprise anyone who has diligently followed the drafts of the past 10 years. Since 2012, only 48 QMJHL guards have found buyers, averaging less than five per auction. And in most cases these are late choices.
In the same period, only six were called in the first round. So, one was from Nova Scotia and another from Prince Edward Island.
Also, we have to go back to 1982 to see three Quebec defenders claimed in the top 32, the equivalent of the current first round. The lucky winners were Michel Petit (11AndVancouver), René Badeau (28AndChicago) and Jocelyn — Gauvreau (31AndMontreal).
Therefore, it may seem surprising to see the names of Maveric Lamoureux (20And), Tristan Luneau (24And) and Noah Warren (33And) among those who could be called in the first round.
“Ever since we were young, the 2004 defender season, we have always been pretty good, even when playing tournaments in the US or elsewhere,” said Warren, Gatineau Olympiques color holder.
“Maveric, Tristan and I played on the same summer teams. We could be improved by pushing each other, he added. Plus, Tristan and I continue to do this every day.
For his part, Lamoureux sees it more as a matter of global recognition of what is being done in Quebec.
“This is a good thing. In Quebec, we are starting to develop more and more good players, he said. Now we have very good programs, from minor hockey to QMJHL, including nano AAA. I think we have improved everywhere.”
Given the fact that NHL Central Scouting draws up a separate list for North American players and those playing in Europe, it would be surprising if Luneau, Lamoureux and Warren all heard their names in the first round. .
However, at worst, they shouldn’t be spending too much time inside the Bell Center on Friday when Rounds 2-7 of the repechage take place.
right-handed | 6’7 “ | 199 lbs.
- Drummondville Voltigeurs
- 20And North American hope
“Lamoureux is a guy who skates well, who is good with the puck. He is a very agile defender for his size.
– An employee of an oriental team
right-handed | 6’2 “ | 189 lbs.
- Gatineau Olympics
- 24And North American hope
“Of the three, Luneau is the most intelligent, the most natural. He has a very good sense of hockey. He is a player capable of creating scoring chances.
– A scout from an eastern team
right-handed | 6’5 “ | 224 lbs.
- Gatineau Olympics
- 33And North American hope
“Warren is muscularly ready. He is big, fat and strong. It is his strength. Plus, he skates well. He makes good first steps. He has the elements to become an NHL player.
– A Western recruiter