(Buffalo) Before becoming one of the most important actors of his generation, Dwayne Johnson revolutionized professional wrestling with his character from The Rock. One of his catchphrases: Know your role and shut your mouth. “ Free Translation: Know your role and shut up.
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In Gatineau, Tristan Luneau and Noah Warren have assimilated 50% of The Rock’s message. Fortunately for us, this isn’t the second part, otherwise the interviews would have been short.
Luneau and Warren are therefore very talkative young people, but above all, everyone knows their role.
Result: the two Olympiques defenders are among Quebec’s best hopes for the next draft. NHL Central Scouting ranks Luneau 24And North American perspective, 9 degrees ahead of Warren, an impressive 6’5 “and 224 lbs. In short, they have a good chance of being claimed in the first two rounds.
Why do we insist on the importance of knowing your role? Both boys are right-hand defenders from the same team. It is therefore impossible that they play within the same duo, or that they are both of the first wave of numerical advantage. When we know how obsessed some youngsters (and their entourage, let’s be honest) are with points and playing time as the draft approaches, we understand that the situation could have been tricky.
Except that Luneau and Warren have separate identities and are well aware of it.
Luneau then finished the season with 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) in 63 games and was the most productive defender of the Gatineau side. His stats could have been better if he hadn’t had knee surgery last offseason.
“My greatest quality has always been my vision and IQ in hockey,” he says. I watch hockey a lot, I study defenders and I love talking to the coaches. ”
Warren, has accumulated 24 points, including 5 goals. The greatest pride of him? Play in the first shorthanded unit. “It’s an honor to do it,” he adds. The models of him? K’Andre Miller of the New York Rangers and Brandon Carlo of the Boston Bruins. “Two tall guys, good skaters, sturdy, who pull the puck out well,” he describes.
Lunaau adds it.
The fact that we’re so different has helped, the Victoriaville native believes. As we have different roles, we have pushed each of our parts to improve. Noah is one of the best teammates I’ve had. He could play on power play in juniors, he’s got a knack for that, but he knows it probably won’t be his role in the NHL, so he prefers to perfect his style and accepts it. I totally respect that. ”
For Louis Robitaille, head coach and general manager of the Olympiques, work began with the draft of the QMJHL in 2020.
“I realized that to build a winning team you can’t just have a superstar. We need several elements, remembers Robitaille on the phone. Young people today want to have a predefined role before they arrive. My job was to make Clan Luneau and Clan Warren understand what each chair was.
“On draft day, I called Noah and asked him, ‘What are your strengths?’ And he said to me: “I’m great, I know how to defend and I’ll lead the attack with my simple game.” He confirmed my choice. We enlisted Tristan at 1uh rank and went on to pick Noah at 8And rank. ”
The coexistence between the two aspirants was therefore successful. It could also be assumed that he gave greater visibility to the two young people, as well as to teammates Samuel Savoie (forward, 90And American hopeful) and Antonin Verreault (forward, 140And).
It is that when it comes time to choose which match to join, some recruiters will prioritize the match allowing them to spy more hopefully.
Already a model
Noah Warren has not yet been drafted, but he already understands the influence he can have. “The other day I was watching my brother’s game. A boy, a little black boy, came to see me to tell me he liked what I had done with the QMJHL for Black History Month, “he says, a little embarrassed. He refers here to a video he made with his mother. , Magalie Boutin, published last February. Warren assures that he has never been at the center of a racist incident in the QMJHL, but he has experienced it before, especially in Midget AAA, from a teammate … He and his teammate Emanuelson Charbonneau were targeted. “We were angry, we went to see the coach and the school principal. At first we didn’t want to say it, we wanted to settle for the boy. It didn’t work, we thought we would talk about it. He had consequences. ”
Hockey or science?
Tristan Luneau has hardly ever played in the QMJHL since joining the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA. But in the end he opted for junior Canadian hockey. He also admits that if a career in hockey had been impossible, he would have opted for the field of science, as would his he father and his brother. “My father is a chemical engineer in the pulp and paper industry. And my brother is in health biochemistry, in the pharmaceutical field. He tells me about non-digestive enzymes for insects, which can be digested and which would replace pesticides. He is a great science! “, He says laughing.
- Noah Warren is ranked 33And among aspiring North Americans.
SOURCE: NHL Central Scouting