Tomas Lavoie first picked without suspense


This first round of the QMJHL draft did not raise as much suspense as the one scheduled for Thursday in the Montreal National League. With the first selection, the Cape Breton Eagles set their sights yesterday on defender Tomas Lavoie, ranked first by the recruiting support center.

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Lavoie, 6’3 and 190 pounds, is a product of Collège Esther-Blondin whose playing style, despite his 16 years, is compared to that of Noah Dobson, of the New York Islanders.

“I can lead a lot of offense, but also do the work on the defensive when needed,” Lavoie explained, as part of the special broadcast that QMJHL held for this draft session.

An auction that, for the third consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, took place virtually.

All the teams were together on their own bunkeroften in their amphitheater, like the Remparts de Québec at the Videotron Center.

Not bad, Cape Breton, who had obtained the first choice thanks to the famous abacus, had decided to make the evening special for his newcomer, who was able to meet former members of the organization such as Pierre-Luc Dubois and Drake Batherson.

Among the Eagles, there was consensus on Lavoie’s choice, which was “a must,” said team scout leader Patrick Leblond.

“He is a giant defender, who skates very well and who has a great shot,” listed Mr. Lavoie.

The first in 27 years

The second team to call a player, the Victoriaville Tigres opted for 15-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel D’Aigle of Saint-Hyacinthe Gauls.

The last goalkeeper selected in this ranking by a team of the Courteau circuit is a certain Roberto Luongo … 27 years ago.

A feat that Sorel-Tracy’s 6’3 “young hockey player described as” impressive “, as he rejoices to finish so” close. [de la maison] and in a beautiful organization “.

The Boisvert bet

While the Remparts have had no first-round picks this year, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens have had no fewer than four (including 18Andwhich originally belonged to Quebec).

With the third overall selection, general manager Yanick Jean has enlisted the Rimouski forward Maxim Massé, who will wear the uniform of the great rivals of his hometown team.

And with the twelfth selection, Jean risked choosing Sacha Boisvert, a promising Trois-Rivières forward who finished third on the list of winners of this selection session.

Boisvert, on the other hand, has been playing in the United States for two seasons and is already committed to a USHL squad, which means that the chances of seeing him in Saguenay are very slim.

Ditto for Xavier Veilleux, whom Chicoutimi chose 16And.

Rounds 2-14 of the QMJHL draft take place on Tuesday, starting at 9:00 am.

Choice of 1uh round

1. Chief Breton – Tommaso Lavoie, defender

2. Victoriaville – Gabriel D’Aigle caretaker

3. Chicoutimi – Maxim Massé, striker

4. Baie Comeau – Justin Poirier, forward

5. Rimouski (from Val-d’Or) – Spencer Gill, defender

6. Rouyn-Noranda – Bill Zonnon, forward

7.Halifax (from Moncton) – Owen Phillips, defender

8. Blainville-Boisbriand – Eliot LIalien, forward

9. Rimouski (from Drummondville) – Quinn Kennedy, forward

10. Baie Comeau (from Rimouski) – Julien Lanthier, defender

11. Cape Breton (from Halifax) – William Shields, forward

12. Chicoutimi (from Shawinigan) – Sacha Boisvert, forward

13. Cape Breton (Chicoutimi) – Thomas Desruisseaux, forward

14. Moncton (Gatineau) – Adam Fortier-Gendron, defender

15. Rimouski (from Sherbrooke) – Anthony Paré, defender

16. Chicoutimi (from San Giovanni) – Xavier Veilleux, defender

17. Val d’Or (from Charlottetown) – Nathan Brisson, forward

18. Chicoutimi (from Quebec) – Jeremy Leroux, forward


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