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Mooseheads’ Raphael Lavoie among 32 QMJHLers slated for 2019 NHL Draft

 

Raphael Lavoie brings a unique ability that has surely drawn the attention of scouts – raising his game for the important moments.

That much was evident this spring when Lavoie put up an eye-popping 20 goals to not only lead the QMJHL in goal scoring but also help guide the Halifax Mooseheads to President’s Cup Final. That performance followed a solid regular-season showing by Lavoie in which he registered 32 goals and 41 assists for 73 points in 62 games.

A projected first rounder at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, the budding centre rounded out his game with a Mooseheads team that has a strong history of developing elite pro talents, including a pair of former first-overall selections in Nathan MacKinnon (2013, Colorado) and Nico Hischier (2017, New Jersey).

“Another big player (6-foot-4, 198 pounds) who has a lights-out shot — there really isn’t anything he can’t do,” Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino wrote in May. “Lavoie has been particularly ornery in the playoffs, and that has made scouts stand up and pay attention. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him and is amongst the best pure snipers in this draft class.”

A late birthday, Lavoie missed the cut-off date for last year’s draft by 10 days, but the extra time in the junior ranks evidently helped the Lavoie, Que., native further refine his game as he headlines 32 players from the QMJHL who are ranked for the 2019 NHL Draft. That group includes Lavoie’s Mooseheads teammate and fellow forward Xavier Parent, who ranks 209th among North American skaters. In all, the Mooseheads are one of 11 QMJHL teams with multiple players projected for this year’s draft, with the Val-d’Or Foreurs leading the way with four promising prospects.

QMJHL North American Skaters:

North American rank, position, name, CHL club

20 C LAVOIE RAPHAEL HALIFAX
22 RW POULIN SAMUEL SHERBROOKE
27 LW PELLETIER JAKOB MONCTON
29 C ALEXANDROV NIKITA CHARLOTTETOWN
41 D KNIAZEV ARTEMI CHICOUTIMI
42 D BOLDUC SAMUEL BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND
54 RW LEGARE NATHAN BAIE-COMEAU
57 D GUENETTE MAXENCE VAL-D’OR
59 D SPENCE JORDAN MONCTON
63 C ABRAMOV MIKHAIL VICTORIAVILLE
64 RW BEAUCAGE ALEX ROUYN-NORANDA
71 RW SERDYUK EGOR VICTORIAVILLE
72 C NUSSBAUMER VALENTIN SHAWINIGAN
91 RW CAJKOVIC MAXIM SAINT JOHN
102 C JENTZSCH TARO SHERBROOKE
151 LW PEACH BAILEY SHERBROOKE
153 D BERGERON JUSTIN ROUYN-NORANDA
156 LW BUDGELL BRETT CHARLOTTETOWN
159 C GAUCHER JACOB VAL-D’OR
160 LW MICHEL JEREMY VAL-D’OR
165 C BIZIER MATHIEU GATINEAU
166 LW LIKHACHEV YAROSLAV GATINEAU
169 D LAROCHELLE SEAN VICTORIAVILLE
172 D TURAN OLIVER ACADIE-BATHURST
194 D LAROSE NATHAN CAPE BRETON
198 C PRIKRYL FILIP SAINT JOHN
200 C KALMIKOV BROOKLYN CAPE BRETON
204 C SIMONEAU XAVIER DRUMMONDVILLE
208 D RANNISTO JASPER BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND
209 LW PARENT XAVIER HALIFAX

 

QMJHL North American Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, CHL club

8 ELLIS COLTEN RIMOUSKI
20 LEMIEUX JONATHAN VAL-D’OR
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