NHL Draft: Lafrenière Still the Number One Hope in America
Forward Alexis Lafrenière of the Rimouski Océanic is still the number one hope in America for the National Hockey League (NHL) draft. Another Océanic player, three players from the Quebec Remparts and two color carriers from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar are also part of the final list drawn up by the NHL Central Tracing Bureau, unveiled on Wednesday.
The afrenière still dominates the list, ahead of center Quinton Byfield of the Subdury Wolves, defenseman Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters and Jake Sanderson, a defender from Montana who is part of the American team of less than 18 years old.
Rochette, Cormier and Savoie
One hundred and twelfth on the list, the Czech Adam Raska is the other color-bearer of the Océanic while among the Remparts, the center Théo Rochette is the best classified even if it has dropped from 64 th to 89 th rank since the previous list.
His teammates, striker Cole Cormier, from 115 th to 134 th rank, and defender Nicolas Savoie, from 190 th to 198 th rank, complete the Red Devils delegation.
acted by Le Soleil . “The lists don’t really bother me. Each team has its own list. ”
“I was hoping to be able to improve my playoff position, but I didn’t get a chance. I had good playoffs last year, I play well in playoffs and I have a lot of minutes of play, “he continues.
Savoie reports that he has had contact with NHL teams throughout the season. “They obviously haven’t been able to visit me lately, but at least we talked on the phone. It feels good to see that teams are interested in me. I’m still happy with my season, I played well defensively, even though I know I could have produced more offensively. ”
Back in his native New Brunswick, Savoie has to contend with restrictions similar to those of Quebecers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I was disappointed that the season ended like this, but I am lucky. I have a good gym at home, so I keep training. For the rest, everything is closed except for essential services. ”
On the side of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar winger Latvian Raivis Ansons right is the hundredth rank as the Belarusian Valentin Demchenko is 133 th on the list.
In total, 37 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League appear on the list, Dawson Mercer (10 th ) and Hendrix Lapierre (13 th ) of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens being the best ranked after Lafrenière while Justin Barron of Halifax Mooseheads is the 16 th rank, Jérémie Poirier Sea Dogs St John to 18 th rank and Mavrik Bourque Shawinigan Cataractes to 22 th rank. Defender Lukas Cormier of the Charlottetown Islanders is ranked 32 nd .
The NHL draft, which was originally scheduled to take place in Montreal on June 26 and 27, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of the new date and location for the next auction have yet to be announced.